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Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing
February 2004 Issue #2
2004 FAMILY and VETERANS' UPDATE LOCATIONS 2004
City selections are based on past update schedules and demographic mapping of family members' home locations. Major metropolitan area hotel facilities were chosen to accommodate the growing number of attendees.
February 20 & 21 Los Angeles, CA
February 23 & 24 Honolulu, HI
March 20 Milwaukee, WI
April 30-May 1 Washington, DC* The Korean and Cold War Annual Government Briefings
June 24-26 Washington, DC** The Southeast Asia Annual Briefing in conjunction with the League of Families' Annual Meeting
July 30 & 31 Oklahoma City, OK
August 27 & 28 Denver, CO
September 24 & 25 Hartford, CT
October 22 & 23 Portland, OR
November 20 Orlando, FL
First date is Veterans' update; 2nd date is Family update.
Secretary's Corner by Emma Skuybida:
NOTICE: The dates for the WASHINGTON, DC Family Outreach have been CHANGED to APRIL 30th & MAY 1st, 2004. The meeting will be held at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Virginia, 22102. Reservations : 1-703-847-5000. When making your reservation, mention DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE in order to get the discount price of $89.00 per night.
If you have attended any Family Outreach in 2003 besides Washington, DC, please contact Irene Mandra at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing, Inc.
PO Box 454, Farmingdale, NY 11735
We need EVERYONE to call their Congressional Representative and ask that they Co-Sponsor H. 103, establishing a Select Committee of POW & MIA Affairs in the House of Representatives. According to the legislation sponsored by Peter King (R-NY), "The Select Committee shall conduct a full investigation of all unresolved matters relating to any United States personnel unaccounted-for from the Vietnam Era, the Korean War, World War II, Cold War Missions, or Gulf war, including MIAs and POWs."
Contact your Congressional Rep through the U.S. Capitol Switchboard - 1-202-224-3121 or House Cloak Room at 1-202-225-7350 (R) and 1-202-225-7330 (D).
Congressional Email Directory: http://www.webslingerz.com/jhoffman/congress-email.html
House of Representatives, 108th Congress:
NEWS & VIEWS by Joe McNulty
Jennings Visits Moscow
On September 9, 2003, Jerry Jennings, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, visited DPMO's Moscow office and met with the Russian side of the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs. Meetings with the U.S. Embassy officials and visits to the central military archives revealed the joint effort the two countries are making to resolve POW/MIA issues.
Rear Admiral Miles Wachendorf, the Embassy's Defense Attaché, pointed out that the work of the USJRC is reflected in the improvement in American-Russian cooperation in other area, such as the war on terror. Norman Kass, JCSD Senior Director, noted that the "improved climate in the Russian military" might help the Joint Commission with POW/MIA issues. The visit of General Colonel Y. N. Baluyevskiy, who controls all Russian archives, to a Hawaiian conference hosted by the PACOM Commander is an example. It was also noted that humanitarian issues in North Korea and Burma enjoy some resolution where other problems persist and dialogue is frustrated.
Sightings of live Americans in the Soviet Gulag were part of the discussion at the Embassy. Mr. Jennings observed that "Cambodia has been the model for cooperation between the U.S. and other countries on the POW/MIA issue."
A willingness to continue the search for Russian MIAs was included in a request for more cooperation.
Established in 1936, the archive expanded in 1941 to hold records of most Soviet military units. Naval documents are held in Gatchina near St. Petersburg. Podolsk is about an hour's drive from Moscow.
The sharing of technology and experience in resolving archival problems was emphasized by the Americans. The Russians pointed out the difficulty of declassifying even one page when dealing with 50-year-old records. Mr. Jennings offered to help the Russians improve their archival practices.
U.S. Russia Commission
While the 19th Plenum of the USRJC is being considered for the end of May, tentative plans are being made to host Russian archivists in Washington, D.C., this spring. Led by American specialists, the meetings scheduled for April 12-16, will focus on modern archival methods and technology. Working topics and presenters are being identified for the format which will include panel discussions. Attendance by representatives of family and veterans groups is being considered.
A contract with the Military Medical Museum archive in St. Petersburg was finalized in December, and Americans are now allowed in the facility. Researchers are hoping to get information on World War II American soldiers brought there. They want to "ferret out" what happened to the former POWs from Nazi camps. An extensive effort continues in the Czech Republic and contact is still being maintained with Karta (NG) in Poland.
Admiral Boris Novyy's certification for access to the Navy's Central Archives at Gatchina was approved, and he now seeks to wok in the Far Eastern Military District's archive.
Americans still put in eight days a month at Podolsk, the Central Military Archive. While no wholesale declassification of files is realized, a request for review of policy is often accommodated. Ways are sought to declassify material of interest to us and release specific information.
Attempts are made to spur Russian interest in getting the GRU more actively involved. Success in a repeated request for more information on 25 Korean War MIAs could lead to an expansion of access to classified files.
The two countries have found common ground in the search for World War II remains. When it comes to closure here, these former allies share the joy.
Two Priests Are Remembered
The heroism and selfless service of two Catholic priests during the Korean War were recalled recently. The Rev. Leo Peter Craig, U.P., was killed on April 15, 1951, near Chunchon, Korea, while administering the Last Rites to a soldier killed by a land mine. While, he, a doctor, and others tended to the injured man, a second mine went off killing all. A photo taken at the time memorialized the bravery of the man.
The funeral of Father Craig was conducted by the Order of Preachers at St. Vincent Ferrer's Church in New York City. Burial was in All Souls Cemetery in Pleasantville, New York.
Born in Everett, MA, on October 27, 1913, Father Craig attended school there until his family moved to Providence, RI. He graduated from LaSalle Academy and received a Bachelor's Degree from Providence College in 1935. He entered the Dominican Order, completed his studies in Washington, DC, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 1942. He volunteered for duty as an Army chaplain and was assigned to the First Cavalry Division fighting in Korea. The death of his mother when he was a child left his father to care for five children. An aunt, who was a Dominican sister, was allowed to leave the sisterhood to help raise the children.
A formal campaign to canonize a priest who was a Korean War POW has been started by supporters. They seek money and the information needed to complete the process.
The Rev. Emile Kapaun who grew up near Pilsen, KS, attended Catholic schools in Missouri before entering the service. He died in a POW camp in 1951 and was buried in a mass grave near the Yalu River. Veterans of the was testified on behalf of the man who saved their lives. He braved enemy fire to rescue soldiers, stayed with the wounded men, risked being captured when he could have escaped, and gave his food to fellow POWs.
Ten years ago, the church named Kapaun a Servant of God, a first step toward sainthood. The Wichita diocese initiated the process.
53 Years Ago In Time
When TIME magazine named the American Fighting Man, Man of the Year at the end of 1950, few women served in the military. It was a time when G.I.s were facing new dangers in Korea. The American Fighting Man could not win this struggle without millions of allies and it was the unfinished (almost unstarted) business of his government to find and mobilize those allies... but the allies would never be found unless the American Fighting Man first took his post and did his duty. On June 27, 1950, he was ordered to his post. Since then, the world has watched how he went about doing his duty.
He has been called soft and tough, resourceful and unskilled, unbelievably brave and unbelievable timid, thoroughly disciplined and scornful of discipline. One way or another, all of these generalizations are valid. He is a peculiar soldier, product of a peculiar country. His two outstanding characteristics seem to be contradictory. He is more of an individualist than soldiers of other nations, and at the same time he is far more conscious of, and dependent on, teamwork. He fights as he lives, a part of a vast, complicated machine - but the thinking, deciding part. (TIME January 1, 1951)
IN MY OPINION
BY IRENE L. MANDRA
Guantanamo Detainees and the US POW-MIA Issue:
The issue of Prisoners, Missing, Detainees, Hostages and others held in captive situations is a devastating issue, regardless of the perception of our enemy, adversary or ally. Every captive yearns for freedom, every family frets over the fate & welfare of their loved one.
The United States has, for the most part, maintained a most respectable track record when it comes to the treatment of enemy POWs and Detainees. Unquestionably there have been abuses over the years, but they are the exception, rather than the rule. Foreign POWs have historically fared very well in US hands, the Geneva Protocols on POWs being respected and captives well provided for spiritually, physically, emotionally, and medically.
Unlike the miserable track record of our adversaries such as North Korea, the former USSR, North Vietnam, China, Laos, Iraq and Japan, to name a few. Endless accounts of American POWs' continued maltreatment, torture, death marches, starvation and deprivation in enemy hands fill millions of pages of testimony, reports and books. The North Koreans are infamous for their horrific treatment of American POWs and their continued recalcitrance in resolving the issue on the most basic of levels... as a humanitarian issue.
Any Member of Congress who speaks out against ANY abuse; and demands not only humanitarian treatment, but also universal legal rights for captives must be applauded. The present situation in Guantanamo, Cuba, with detainees in custody upwards of 2 years is a sobering reminder that some family somewhere waits. It also reminds us that we live in precarious times, much more complex than 40,50 or 60 years ago. The enemy of today is amorphous and inexact. Many do not wear a uniform with insignia on the collar... the sorting out of the whole affair is a long, drawn-out endeavor. And the cautious eye of Congress to see that things are done properly and humanely is respected. But where are those very same Members of Congress when it comes to the issue of American POWs and MIAs.
THEY ARE SILENT.
Many of them are quick to condemn the US, Department of Defense or our Administration for its treatment of foreign captives, but stop short when the time comes to criticize America's adversaries who have continually held American service members, their remains and their families hostage in not resolving the POW-MIA issue.
Half-hearted hearings and occasional podium pounding on POW-MIA Recognition Day is not nearly enough. Being an advocate one day of the year or when there is a photo-op is not acceptable. As family members, veterans, activists and caring Americans, we expect to receive the same consideration and efforts from our Representatives for our missing loved ones. Politicizing the plight of captives, regardless of the side they are on, is simply wrong... it is a humanitarian issue and it must be addressed and resolved, now. LET S START WITH NORTH KOREA.
END OF COMMENTARY
NEWS - US senators urge government to try or free prisoners at Guantanamo
www.chinaview.cn 2003-12-14 03:12:04
NEWS - N Korea seeks abduction talks with Hiranuma
Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 04:26 JST
From DPMO: "Tiger Survivors List
(Created by PFC Wayne "Johnnie" Johnson)
In October 1950, a North Korean Army major referred to as "The Tiger" took command of more than 700 American service men who had been captured and interned as prisoners of war (POWs). In August 1953 following the signing of the armistice, only 262 of these men returned alive. One of the survivors, Army Private First Class Wayne A. "Johnnie" Johnson, risked his life during his imprisonment by secretly recording the names of 496 fellow prisoners who had died during their captivity.
The Department of Defense debriefed all returning American POWs concerning their knowledge of those who did not return from the Communist prison system. Private Johnson's painstakingly written record was a major contribution to this effort and helped to determine or confirm the fate of many POWs.
In 1995 a Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) analyst learned about Johnson's Tiger Survivors List while attending a Korean War Ex-POW reunion in Sacramento, California. DPMO analysts then located intelligence archives which contained Johnson's original debriefing report as well as other POW reports corroborating his information. Among these records was also found a debriefers handwritten memorandum recommending that Private Johnson be recognized for his bravery. This information was forwarded to the Department of the Army, and in 1996, Private Johnson was awarded the Silver Star, the nation's third highest military combat decoration for valor.
Enclosed is a typed listing of the names on Private Johnson's Tiger Survivors List. A document examiner was able to recover almost all the names from Private Johnson's original wartime list. Some entries, however, could not be saved. Thus, there are fewer than 496 names on the typed listing. "
"DPMO is actively attempting to advise the families of the 496 men identified on the Johnnie Johnson List. We have direct contact with their organized group, "Tiger Survivors Association" resulting in a very good exchange of information to include additional circumstances of loss and family locator information. Presently, we have a very good idea of when and where most of those lost eventually died, and the locations of their burials. We will use this information in the planning for future excavations in Korea."
From The Tiger Survivor's: "Tiger Survivors is a veterans group of American soldiers, one British Marine and 79 multi-national civilians who were held prisoners by the Communists in North Korea for 38 or more months from 29 June 1950 through 1 April 1954. The name Tiger Survivors is taken from the cruel and murdering North Korean Major who was in charge of the group from late October 1950 through Spring 1951. A madman who enjoyed killing, "The Tiger" murdered his first victim, First Lieutenant Cordus H. Thornton, on 1 November 1950, the first day of the Tiger Death March. Major John Dunn, Headquarters Company, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, was the ranking officer. He retired a Colonel.
Sixty-five percent of the group died in captivity from a variety of causes. Many were shot or beaten to death, but the majority died because of exposure and untreated respiratory infections."
Tiger Survivors List
Created by PFC Wayne "Johnnie" Johnson
NEWS - Korea plans DMZ search for war dead
By Jeremy Kirk, Stars and Stripes Pacific
edition, Monday, December 8, 2003
NEWS - Lloyd Bucher, hero of Pueblo
Commander of Spy Ship Passes
By Seth Hettena Associated Press
USS Pueblo Veterans Association: http://
NOTICE FROM the SECRETARY - Emma Skuybida
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Ocean of Misery in Russia by Michael R. Marrus
A remarkable and authoritative look at the USSR's GULAG.
GULAG: A History by Anne Applebaum
An indispensable tool for understanding our recent past.
The Hidden GULAG
A MUST READ report on our website... new for 2003.
NEWS - Remains discovered in China with dog tag spark mystery
By Jeremy Kirk, Stars and Stripes Pacific edition
NEWS - After 50 years in North Korea, South Korean PoW finally discharged from army
By SANG-HUN CHOE January 19, 2004
NEWS - Auschwitz Under Our Noses
By Anne Applebaum
Washington Post February 4, 2004; Page A23
NEWS - Remains found near DMZ could be U.S. soldier
By Seth Robson, Stars and Stripes Pacific
edition, January 31, 2004
NEWS - N.J. families left in the dark about long-lost airmen
Cold War spies' fates unknown
BY RUSSELL BEN-ALI Star-Ledger Staff
FYI - GREAT Answer From John Glenn
Some people don't understand why military personnel do what they do for a living. This exchange between Senators John Glenn and Howard Metzenbaum is worth reading. Not only is it a pretty impressive and impromptu speech, but it's also a good example of one man's explanation of why men and women in the Armed Services do what they do for a living. This IS a typical, though sad, example of what some who have never served think of the military.
Senator Metzenbaum to Senator Glenn: "How can you run for Senate when you've never had a 'real job'?"
Senator Glenn: "I served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps. I served through two wars. I flew 149 missions. My plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire and 12 different occasions.
I was in the Space Program. It wasn't my checkbook, Howard; it was my LIFE on the line. It was not a nine to five job, where I took time off to take the daily cash receipts to the bank.
I ask you to go with me... as I went the other day... to a Veterans Hospital and look those men - with their mangled bodies - in the eye, and tell THEM they didn't hold a job!
You go with me to the Space Program at NASA and go, as I have gone, to the widows and orphans of Ed White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee.. and you look those kids in the eye and tell them that their DADS didn't hold a job.
You go with me on Memorial Day and you stand in Arlington National Cemetery, where I have more friends buried than I'd like to remember, and you watch those waving flags. You stand there and you think about this Nation, and you tell ME that those people didn't have a job?
I'll tell you, Howard Metzenbaum, you should be on your knees every day of your life thanking God that there were some men - SOME MEN - who held a REAL job. And they required a dedication to a purpose - and a love of country and dedication to duty - that was more important than life itself. And their self-sacrifice is what made this country possible.
I HAVE a job, Howard! - What about you?"
For those who do not remember, During WW II, Howard Metzenbaum was an attorney representing the Communist Party in the USA. Now he is a Senator.
If you can read this, thank a teacher...
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
Tomb of the Unknowns
When Hurricane Isabelle was bearing down on Washington, DC, the US Senate and House took 2 days off as they couldn't work because of the IMPENDING storm.
On the ABC evening news, it was reported that, because of the dangers from Hurricane Isabelle approaching Washington DC, the military members of the Old Guard assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend their assignment.
They refused. "No way, Sir!"
Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a serviceperson.
The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.
We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.
God Bless them.
Faces of War - Red Dragon, Volume 2
by Norm Stockbrine
Korean War veteran and member of the Army chapter of the Chosin Few, Norm Stockbrine was at the Yalu River when the Chinese intervened, he made it back to the 3rd Division. Contact Artwork Publications, RR 2 Box 2191, Thayer MO 65791. Cost to veterans $26.95 plus $5.00 S/H, $10.00 more for non-veterans. Some Family Members may benefit from seeing this author's work and it may help them with their research.
Send The Marines
An atheist professor was teaching a college class and he told his students that he was going to prove that there is no God. He said, "God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you 15 minutes!" Ten minutes went by. He kept taunting God, saying, "Here I am, God. I'm still waiting!"
He got down to the last couple of minutes and a Marine, just released from Active Duty and newly registered in the class, walked up to the professor, hit him full force in the face, and sent him flying from the platform. The professor struggled up, obviously shaken and yelled, "What's the matter with you? Why did you do that?"
The Marine replied, "God was busy; He sent me."
One of Our Heroes
Captain Harry Cecil Moore USAF
MIA June 01, 1951 - South China Sea, Coast of North Korea
By Robert and Lois (Gehringer) Moore
BIOGRAPHY OF HARRY CECIL MOORE
February 11, 1924 - June 1,1951
Harry was born in Elm Grove, West Virginia on February 11, 1924, the son of Mildreth Dague Moore and Samuel Cecil Moore. He was born in the family home at Stone Church Road in Elm Grove.
Harry subsequently had three younger brothers. Robert was born in West Alexander, Pennsylvania. George and Charles were born in Elm Grove, West Virginia.
The parents separated soon after the youngest son Charles was born. Harry and Robert were sent to live with the maternal grandparents (Charles & Mary Adeline [Thatcher] Dague) and George and Charles were sent to live with the paternal grandparents.
The maternal grandparents had a farm on Stone Church Road in Elm Grove and Harry and Robert were required to work on the farm. At first they were very young and they certainly had less demanding chores, but as they got older, responsibilities increased. They were required to feed chickens, care for the horses, cattle, hogs and other details associated with a farm.
Harry attended school at the Bridge Street Elementary School grades one through eight. He was an above average student even though the demands of his own life were substantial. He later attended Triadelphia High School grades nine through twelve. He was an average student and participated in many activities and was on the school Stage Crew. He was elected to attend Boys’ State which was quite an honor.
At that time West Virginia had very little opportunity for young people. The Federal Government had several programs and Harry went to southern West Virginia to attend CYA school where he learned welding and other vocational skills.
Harry enlisted in the Army Air Corps in June of 1942 and was sent to Tyndell Field, Florida where he trained to be an aerial gunner. In October 1942 he was sent to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and trained to be a radio operator. Following his graduation as a radio operator with a rank of Staff Sergeant Harry was selected to enter pilot’s training and went to Coleman Flying School in Coleman, Texas.
Following graduation as a Second Lieutenant he was sent to Majors Army Air Field in Greenville, Texas for Basic Training in AT6 airplanes. Upon successfully completing this training Harry went to Moore Field in Mission, Texas for advanced training as a fighter pilot and was trained to fly P40s and other aircraft. He graduated and received his wings as a fighter pilot. At that time he received the rank of First Lieutenant.
He was then sent to the China-Burma-India Theatre of war where he flew P40 airplanes. There was a shortage of planes and pilots at that time and the schedule was murderous. Harry soon became a squadron leader and was subsequently shot down by the Japanese near Kunming, China. He was listed as Missing in Action for fifty-one days. During the time he was unaccounted for he actually had been walking through the mountains attempting to find friendly Chinese and at the same time trying to avoid the Japanese.* See his Debriefing and Walk Out Report
On the fifty-first day his mother was notified that he had been Killed in Action, but on the same day she received a telegram from Harry stating that he was alive and had rejoined his group. At the end of the war Harry returned home to Elm Grove and held various jobs and lived with several different people as he did not have a place where he felt at home. He drove a coal truck for a while and worked for his uncle as a well driller. These jobs did not satisfy him and he decided to reenlist in the Army Air Corps Reserves. He was stationed at Reading, Pennsylvania as a recruiter.
After a short time, he found he was able to reenlist and receive his previous commission of Lieutenant and go back to flying.
In September of 1948 he was sent to Hamilton Air Force Base in Marin County, California in preparation for his assignment in the Philippines. It was then that his long time girl friend from Elm Grove, Lois Gehringer flew to California to see him once more prior to his leaving for a four year tour of duty. While in California they decided to marry and were married at the base chapel at Hamilton Air Force Base. After a few days Lois flew back to Elm Grove and Harry to the Philippines.
After arriving at Clark Air Force Base, Harry immediately applied for housing on the base so that Lois could join him and he would be able to move from the Bachelors’ Officers Quarters.
In that World War II had been over for such a short time it was rather difficult to secure a passport for civilian travel, but Lois finally secured hers and joined him in April of 1949.
He had a very happy and challenging life while at Clark Air Force Base. The planes he flew there, usually on a daily basis were P51s. He, also, joined the Masonic Lodge and became a Third Degree Mason. In June of 1950 a “Police Action” was begun between the United States and North Korea, the United States attempting to keep the north from taking over the south.
In July of that year Harry became a father and about ten days later was called to duty in Korea. The pilots were stationed in Japan and would do their bombing missions over Korea and then return to their base in Japan. In August when Lois was returning to the United States with their daughter he was permitted to return to Clark Air Force Base to see them once more. He immediately returned to Japan.
He was flying missions daily; sometimes several in a day. Apparently the planes they were flying were rather old and sometimes in poor repair, but they had no choice but to do their job.
On June 1, 1951 while on a mission over the South China Sea he was struck by enemy fire and crashed into the water. He was listed as Missing in Action for one year and then as Killed in Action. At the time of his death he was a Captain in the United States Air Force.
Harry was 27 years old.
Bob & Lois Moore
A Note From Lois (Gehringer) Moore:
"During World War11, Harry C. Moore entered the Army Air Force in 1943 as an aviation cadet. He graduated from flying school as a P40 pilot and was sent to the China Burma India Theater of War. He had flown many missions "Over the Hump" when on one such mission he was struck by enemy fire and was forced to crash land his aircraft. He bailed out at approximately 500 feet and was basically unhurt. The next 51 days he spent running, hiding and foraging for food. Finally, he found his way to some friendly Chinese forces and was able to return to his squadron.
He was stationed in the Philippines at the onset of the Korean War and was immediately sent back into action. He had completed his required missions to be returned to the United States but due to pilot shortages was required to remain and fly additional missions. On one such mission, he was struck by enemy fire and went down in the water off the coast of north Korea. He was declared MIA and later as KIA, leaving a wife and infant daughter behind.
In 2002 due to the efforts of the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, information was located in the Russian Archives which led to conferences with two former Russian pilots involved in Harry's being shot down. They indicated he landed close to shore and was able to evacuate. According to both of them, he was captured and taken to Russia "to teach pilot training." No further information has been found.
If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to Heaven,
and bring you home again.
Places to Go on the Web
Night of the Widowmaker
and A Cold War Coverup http://www.3capecod.com/
From Satch Beasley, son of LT Jesse Beasley, Unacknowledged MIA, 04 January 1954
Sacrificed to Secrecy: from AII POW-MIA
Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing, Inc., is a family advocacy organization registered in the state of New York.
Formed in response to the needs of KW-CW family members to have a strong, unified voice, we strive to address individual case questions, overall issue status, and the maturing of relationships with USG agencies tasked with POW-MIA affairs and foreign entities with a mutual interest in resolution of this issue on humanitarian grounds.
Our governing body is comprised of Korean War and Cold War POW-MIA family members. For those who are caring citizens, veterans and non-family members, you may join us and support us as with a 'Friend of the Families' membership.
The majority of Family Members are active advocates within the issue. However, we understand that many do not have the wherewithall or resources to accomplish the overwhelming task of finding answers. As a group we are able to address numerous aspects and pool our collective resources and invite Family Members to join us. You may be as active or inactive as you wish.
We meet monthly in our corporate seat of Long Island, New York and yearly at the DPMO - Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office - annual family briefing in Washington, DC. In the near future we will be publishing a quarterly newsletter dedicated to all aspects of the Korea-Cold War POW/MIA issue. Please watch our NEWS section for an announcement on publication. We also provide regular email news and updates... email access is required.
As our membership spans the entire country, Family Members are available as guest speakers at commemorations and events, Dinings-In, National POW-MIA Recognition Day, for schools and to respond to media requests.
We welcome your comments, questions and thoughts.
Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing, Inc.
PO Box 454, Farmingdale, NY 11735 USA
Board of Directors and Staff:
National Chair - Irene Mandra, Family Member
Vice-Chair - Joe McNulty, Family Member
Treasurer - Gail Stallone, Family Member
Secretary - Emma Skuybida, Family Advocate
Membership Chair - LuAnn Nelson, Family Member
Research - Daniel J. Pitts, Family Advocate
Cold War Advocate - Charlotte Mitnik, Family Member
Korean War Historian - Irwin Braun, Korean War Veteran
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NEWS - New year brings new hope for families of POW/MIA's
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