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Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing
May 2004 Issue #3
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.
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: 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
NEW IN THIS ISSUE: The US-Russia Archival Conference and the Korea-Cold War Annual Family Briefing were both held this past April. Irene Mandra, our National Chair, was in attendance and we are dedicating much space to the excellent information and presentations.
Korea-Cold War was prominent in the news this past quarter. Many articles, updates and new information this issue.
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:
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
Newsletter Editor - Ki Ceniglio, email@example.com
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Web Site: www.koreacoldwar.org
NEWS & VIEWS by Joe McNulty
Arlington services held for B-29 pilot MIA in Korean War
By Erin Reep, Tribune - May 3rd, 2004
A memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia brought some closure but no answers to a family mystified about the fate of their father and grandfather during the Korean War.
Capt. Osborne Tommee Carlisle received military rites Friday morning, providing some relief to his family after decades of questioning his disappearance and grieving his loss when the B-29 bomber he was piloting crashed in South Korea following an engine fire during a mission on Feb. 28, 1952. Lisa Carlise and Sandy Gonzales of Tempe and their older sister Karen Carlisle of Portland, Ore., were 5, 7 and 8 years old and living in California with their mother when their father disappeared. They have never known what happened to him.
"We've been going through this for 52 years," Lisa Carlise said, her voice cracking with emotion during an interview by cell phone from the cemetery Friday afternoon.
The daughters began attending military briefings about POWs and MIAs in Washington, D.C., in 2000, on the chance they might learn something about their fathers fate, Carlisle said.
In June last year, during one of the briefings, she said, an official with the Air Force Mortuary Service asked Carlise and Gonzales if they would like to have an official memorial service. The two sisters were excited about a fitting tribute for their father, and they agreed, Carlisle said.
Todd Rose of the mortuary service in San Antonio made the necessary arrangements. Rose was unavailable for comment and efforts to reach Air Force representatives were unsuccessful.
"We got a lot of peace today by having this memorial service," Carlisle said.
Carlisle and Gonzales attended Scottsdale High School in 1959, and all three sisters graduated from Arcadia High School in the early 1960s.
Gonazles daughter, Ailey Gonzales, 30, of Scottsdale said the experience of attending her grandfathers memorial service was "incredible."
"I didnt even know what to think when this happened," she said. "It brought some closure for my mom."
Osborne Carlisle and his crew were on a mission from Yakota Air Force Base in Japan and had flown over North Korea. As the crew was returning to Japan, fire broke out in an engine, Karen Carlisle said.
The plane reportedly went down near the 39th parallel, she said.
"My father gave the order for his crew to bail out, but no one saw him bail out," she said.
Seven crewmen were rescued, the bodies of two others were found near the crash site, but her father was missing, she said.
The family held out hope that Carlisle might be alive. The Air Force informed the family of a rumor that Carlisle was sighted at a prisoner of war camp, but that was never confirmed, Karen Carlisle said.
"We were absolutely sure he would be found, and come back some day," she said, adding she kept up hope until the Vietnam War ended. The familys hope waned with time but, "We still hope there will be remains found of my father."
Osborne Carlisle was born Feb. 27, 1917, on a ranch in Onalaska, Texas. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and trained to become a pilot, Karen Carlisle said. He met his wife, Patricia Dooley Carlisle, while stationed at Williams Field in Mesa, and the couple married in 1941. She died in 1976.
"It was the most spectacular memorial I have ever seen," said Kathryn Morrison of Arlington, Va., a niece of Osborne Carlisle. "My family has been waiting for this for half a century."
NEWS - POW museum boasts new exhibit on food
ANDERSONVILE -- Andersonville National Historic Site, home of the National Prisoner of War Museum, announces the opening of a new temporary exhibit at the POW Museum in conjunction with National POW Recognition Day.
2004 Americus Times Recorder
IN MY OPINION
BY IRENE L. MANDRA
US-Russian Archival Conference
DPMO hosted the Russian Archival Conference un College Park, MD. I was fortunate to have been invited to attend and participate in this historic 3 day meeting.
Not only was it wonderful to meet with the Russian side, who were so friendly and showed such dedication, but the opportunity to meet at the same time with the US side was invaluable in understanding the daunting task these good people have taken on in a search for answers on our POWs and MIAs.
The Russian language was so prevalent that many times I had to ask if some of the people were Russian or American! I am pleased to report that our tax dollars are well spent when you meet the educated, caring and knowledgeable folks working our side of the Commission. The cooperation that I received, the information that I asked for, the explanations given on cases that I brought up was phenomenal.
Some Notes on the Archival Conference
The 19 Plenary will take place in Germany and the US side will bring up the GRU files. The Commission is over twelve years old.
Since 1997 the US side has been working at the central archives of the Ministry of Defense located in Podolsk, 8 times a month. Members of FSB, KGB & GRU did not attend the Conference. The GRU has not attended a meeting with the US side in 2 1/2 years. They have uncovered records pertaining to pilots from the Korean War, and they are planning to go to China as a follow up on these documents. Records being declassified at present are Army unit records from 1950 to 1970 (operational records) from Korea & Vietnam. A representative from the Russian Border Guards was invited to the Archival Conference, and Captain Pilkus will be working with him. My sincere hope is that in that archival file we might be lucky and find mention of our POWs being transferred to the former Soviet Union. There are 17,000 archives in Soviet Union.
Russian archivists are working on WW II documents, due to the fact that their citizenry are interested in WW II. They have 50 people working on declassification and review 600 pages a day. The Russians are now using computers in their archival work. We have received 5,000 documents on the Russian Fighter Aviation 64th Core. 80% of our planes were shot down by the 64th.
In August & September 2004 the US Commission will be going to the Far East Region of Russia, Kamchatka Peninsular to look for planes that crash during WW II. After that they will be going south to Vladivostok to do Korean and Cold War archival research. NOTE: Mr. Jennings will be going to Iraq in July.
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2004 Family Breifing Washington, D.C. - Family Support
United States Department of Defense
IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2004
U.S. POW/MIA Office Hosts Russian Archivists
The Department of Defense announced today that the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office will this week host a historic meeting between key Russian and U.S. archivists examining the issue of American POWs and MIAs at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) at 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Md.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs Jerry D. Jennings, invited the Russians in 2003 to discuss technical areas important to the effort to locate materials in the Russian archives about unaccounted-for American servicemen. He is also acting American chairman of the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs.
The three-day conference begins Tuesday and will feature presentations by Jennings as well as by the Archivist of the United States Gov. John W. Carlin. Additionally, NARA experts in the preservation, handling, storage and release of historical materials will lead discussions with their Russian counterparts.
A delegation of ten Russians is expected to attend, including Chief of Archival Services of the General Staff, Col. Sergei A. Ilyenkov, and Col. Vladimir V. Kozin of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Other Russian attendees will represent the Ministry of Defense; the Central Archives of the Navy; the Military Medical Museum and Archives; and the Archives of the Border Guards. U.S. archivists representing governmental and private collections also are expected to attend.
The conference will examine issues of declassification of military and political documents; technical aids to improve the operation of a modern archive; Korean and Vietnam War documents held in Russian archives; and other issues of importance to the American effort to account for missing U.S. servicemen.
A small team of U.S. POW/MIA specialists working full time in Moscow recovers documents from Russian archives and conducts other research across the country to clarify the fate of Americans still missing from several conflicts, to include World War II, the Korean and Cold Wars and the Vietnam War.
Media are welcome to attend. Additional information about the schedule of the archival conference may be found under Upcoming Events on the DPMO web site at: http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo .
US-Russia Archival Conference: We are updating our web site with much new information on this important conference. To read the presentations from some of the official guests, please visit us at:
http://www.koreacoldwar.org and click on NEWS.
NEWS - U.S. teams cross DMZ to search for remains of Korean War MIAs
By Joseph Giordono, Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Thursday, April 15, 2004
NEWS - Government still trying to return remains of POWs and MIAs
One of the things the United States has always done is to try to
account for our Missing In Action. Maybe the reason the government tries to find our MIAs is the national veterans service organizations keep this issue on the front burner. The Korean War, 1950-1953, had a total of 5.7 million servicemembers worldwide. There were 33,741 battle deaths, 2,835 in-theater deaths, 17,670 non-theater deaths and 103,284 woundings not causing deaths. And there are about 3.5 million Korean War veterans still alive. There were 21 POWs that refused repatriation. Also a formal truce was never sign.
The Middletown Press2004 "
NEWS - "The search for a Kauai Korean War MIA goes on
By LESTER CHANG - TGI Staff Writer
April 25, 1951 is a date Kauai residents Akiyo Matsuyama and Michie Sasaki will always remember.
That was when U.S. Army Private First Class Takeshi Sasaki was listed by the Army as missing in action while fighting against Chinese troops along the 38th Parallel in Korea during the Korean War.
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U.S.-Russia Archival Conference
National Archives and Records Administration
April 13 - 15, 2004 Schedule of Topics
TUESDAY, APRIL 13 9:45 - 10:45 A.M.
Welcoming Comments: Hon. John W. Carlin, Archivist of the United States
Opening Remarks: Hon. Jerry D. Jennings, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Affairs
Programmatic Note: Mr. Norman D. Kass, Conference Moderator, and Senior Director, Joint Commission Support Directorate, Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO)
10:45 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Research in the U.S. and Russian Archives: The Human Dimension
This session will stress the importance of archival research to the work of the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs (USRJC). Specific examples will be presented to demonstrate how documents identified at the Central Archives of the Russian Ministry of Defense (TsAMO) have been correlated with official U.S. records to assist in clarifying the fates of missing servicemen. A Power Point presentation will be included.
Presenter: Mr. Danz Blasser, Senior Analyst, Korean War Working Group, Joint Commission Support (DPMO)
Commentator: Colonel Sergey Ilenkov, Chief of Archival Services, General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
2:00 - 4:00 P.M. Korean- and Vietnam -War Materials Held in Russian Archives
The Russian Side will provide an overview of major record groups in the Russian archives pertaining to the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Presenter: Colonel Sergey Chuvashin, Chief, Central Archives of the Russian Ministry of Defense
Commentator: Dr. James G. Connell, Special Projects, Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, Joint Commission Support Directorate
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14
I. DECLASSIFICATION PROCEDURES APPLICABLE TO KOREAN- AND VIETNAM-WAR MATERIALS
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 Noon Session 1: The View from Washington
Presenters: Ms. Laura Kimberly, Deputy Director, Interagency Security Oversight Office, NARA, and
Mr. Donald McIlwain, Branch Chief, Initial Processing and Declassification Division, NARA
Commentator: Colonel Sergey Ilenkov, Chief of Archival Services, General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
1:30-2:30 P.M. Session 2: Moscows Perspective
Presenter: Colonel Sergey Ilenkov
Commentator: Ms. Jeanne Schauble, Director, Initial Processing and Declassification Division, NARA
1 U.S.-Russia Archival Conference
April 13 - 15, 2004 Schedule of Topics
These two complementary presentations compare and contrast archival declassification in concept and design within a historical framework of particular significance to the Joint Commissions work: the periods of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Challenges arising from requirements for proper storage, timely transfer and comprehensive review of classified documents will be presented from both the U.S. and Russian vantage point. Discussion will hopefully elicit ideas for improving the effectiveness of the declassification process and the role of the archivist as its facilitator.
II. ASSISTING VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES
2:30 - 3:30 P.M. Veterans' Information Requests
A theme central to the work of both NARA and TsAMO is that of providing documentary assistance to veterans and their families. Often records made available by each of these two facilities have been critical to decisions regarding definition of status and eligibility for benefits. This hour-long session allows for a comparison of concepts and approaches to a humanitarian issue shared by both sides. Presentations and ensuing discussion will hopefully generate fresh ideas for providing effective and timely responses to veterans and their families.
Co-Presenters: Dr. Timothy Nenninger, Chief of Modern Military Records, NARA, and Colonel Sergey Chuvashin, Chief, Central Archives of the Russian Ministry of Defense
THURSDAY, April 15
10:00A.M. - 12:00 Noon Finding Guides
This session features a joint presentation on finding guides as a basic tool in configuring and accessing archival records. Audience participation at the end of the briefings will hopefully elucidate the value of finding guides at the various archives represented and identify ways in which finding guides may be used to advance the work being conducted on behalf of missing servicemen and their families.
Presenters: Dr. Sharon Thibodau, Director, Access Programs, NARA, and Ms. Brenda Kepley, Archivist, Old Military Records and Civil Records, NARA
Commentator: Ms. Irina Pushkareva, Archivist, Central Archives of the Russian Ministry of Defense
1:30 - 3:30 P.M. Impact of Modern Technology on Archival Operations
The concluding presentations offer a sampling of technologies which may be of assistance in facilitating efforts to locate, examine, analyze and share information helpful in the process of clarifying incidents of loss and subsequent circumstances relating to the fates of missing servicemen.
Presenters: Mr. Robert Richardson, Director, Special Media Archival Services Division, NARA, and
Ms. Rebecca Collier, Assistant Chief, Modern Military Records, NARA
Commentator: Vladimir Viktorovich Kozin, Chief of the Central Archives, Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation
3:30 - 4:00 P.M. Closing Remarks
Dr. Timothy K. Nenninger, National Archives and Records Administration, and Co-Chairman, World War II Working Group, U.S. - Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs
NEWS - Equipment for U.S. Soldiers' Remains to Be Sent to North via DMZ
SEOUL, April 9 (Yonhap) -- Equipment to be used for recovering remains believed to be those of American soldiers missing in action from the 1950-53 Korean War will likely be sent through the heavily-fortified border with North Korea next week, military sources said Friday. It will be the first time for such equipment to be sent through the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone. Up to now, excavation equipment has been flown in.
NEWS - Beijing positive on request for speedy defector handling.
By Choi Soung-ah.
Beijing will simplify its handling of pending issues with Seoul regarding North Korean defectors and South Korean POWs in China, Foreign Ministry officials in Seoul said yesterday.
Yonhap English News
One of Our Heroes
SGT. PHILIP V. MANDRA
By Irene Mandra
Dedicated to Sgt. Philip V. Mandra, my beloved brother, my friend, my playmate, my protector, till we meet again.
Born May 2,1931, Philip was my older brother. We attended Catholic grammar school and had the good fortune to belong to a closely knit Italian family. Phil was an alter boy. He was deeply religious throughout his life. There was a three year difference in our ages; yet we double dated together and had mutual friends. When the Korean War broke out, Philip join the Marines in September 1950. Our first cousin and uncle was a Marine; and when you earned the title Marine upon graduation from basic training, you deserved it. It wasnt willed to you. It isnt a gift. The title Marine is a title few can claim. No one may take it away. It is yours forever. Phil loved the Marine Corp.
Phil landed in Korea January 1952 as part of D Company 2 Battalion-5 Regiment, First Marine Division. In July 1952, Phil was involved in fierce fighting. He was hit in both his arms with shrapnel; yet he wrote home telling us not to worry. He was awarded the purple heart with a cluster. It wasnt until years later, that my family was notified that on that July 5th and 6th, Phil bravely maintained his position in the face of intense enemy artillery, mortar and small arms fire. Phil seized an automatic weapon and delivered effective counter-fire on the hostile troops, inflicting heavy casualties on the attackers. Encountering one of the enemy, armed with an automatic gun, Phil maneuvered his fire team in a tight defensive perimeter around the outpost; and immediately charged and killed the intruder with his bayonet. Phil rendered invaluable assistance to the outpost commander, constantly encouraging the men and administering first aid to the wounded. For his leadership, conspicuous gallantry, and courage in helping other wounded Marines, Phil was awarded the Silver Star. I accepted that medal on Phils behalf, telling myself that Phil will be surprised when he comes home.
On August 7, 1952 a day that is emblazed in my heart till I die, my brother disappeared. I did not find out until much later, that four other Marines also disappeared during the battle, on Bronco Hill with my brother. Bronco Hill is the outpost for a larger hill called Hook. The four other Marines who disappeared with my brother are Sgt. Junior J. Nixon, Sgt. Robert H Malloy, Cpl. Thomas L. Edwards and Pvt. Thomas Montoya. Some of these men were wounded due to concussion grenades thrown by Chinese forces. My brother was one of the men that was hit and knocked unconscious.
I was fortunate to find a Marine who witnessed what happened on that day. I was told that within fifteen minutes, my brothers unit got reinforcements and charged the hill again and learned all the wounded men disappeared. I dont think I have to tell MIA family members about the anguish and tears, when you dont know where a loved one is and how a loved one is surviving.
In September of 1993, a Russian Colonel contacted the American Embassy in Russia. He heard a radio broadcast that the U.S. government was looking for Americans who were brought into Russia as prisoners of war.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the USA Task Force. In the meanwhile, Task Force Russia was absorbed into Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) and this reorganization essentially dismantled the task force as we knew it. The US task force visited a Colonel Malinin in the Soviet Union, who spoke of seeing an American POW in a prison in Magadon, Siberia in 1962. When the task force showed Colonel Malinin an album of approximately 100 pictures of missing men; the Colonel picked my brothers picture out twice. Two different pictures, one when he was young and a computerized age enhanced picture of Phil at age sixty. Colonel Malinin told the story of visiting a prison which was part of his job and going into the Commodores office and looking out the window. The Colonel observed a man who was brought out of his cell and walked in the court yard. The Colonel asked the Commandant, who was this man. The explanation given was that he is an American, sent to him from the Gulag. This took place in 1962, and Colonel Malinin saw the same American in 1965 when visiting the prison, again.
When I learned this news, I packed and left for Russia. I met with Colonel Malinin and he told me that as he was leaving the prison, he heard three prisoners yelling out the window, Im American. He couldnt see their faces; but he heard what they were yelling. The Colonel again identified my brothers face as the prisoner that he saw in that courtyard. I showed him other pictures of my brother and his reply was he could never forget that lone prisoner who was kept in solitary confinement and not allowed to be with other prisoners walking in that courtyard. I also visited the Commandant, who claimed he didnt remember my brother and denied that there were any Americans in that prison. I spent two weeks in Russia searching for answers; but hitting many a brick wall. My oldest brother Sal, accompanied me to this frozen land. Sal and I gave interviews, visited prominent people, made a video. Our story appeared in the local newspapers in Moscow but the major newspaper, Izvestiya promised to write our story; but never published it. The media claims that Russia is no longer Communist, I disagree. The Russians were polite but gave no information except the names of people involved in my brothers case, (which I might add my government refused to give me).
While I was in Russia, Vice President Gore was there. I visited his hotel and left a note for him asking for his help and explaining who I was and what my mission was about. I never heard from our Vice President. I wrote Vice President Gore a letter, when I got back to the states, asking for his help in finding my brother again and getting cooperation with Russia. I received a letter back from him that was so cold and heartless, it enraged me so, that I sent it to my Congressman. I wish I could find a copy of that letter, now that Gore wants to be President. I would turn it over to the media.
There is much to be done for the MIAs from Korea and Cold War. The most important of which for many family members is the cooperation of Russia and China. These countries still refuse to admit to us that they did indeed transfer Americans from North Korea into China and the Soviet Union. These files are with the GRU. We need a White House who genuinely has an interest in the POW/MIA issue and will pressure these nations to give us an honest accounting.
I still hope and pray that some day soon, I will received the answers I so truly desire. heard a saying the other day that applies to each and every unaccountedfor MIA, TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE LEFT BEHIND, IS NEVER TO HAVE DIED.
Although I can no longer hug you, the tears have never ceased. Till we meet again, my beloved brother.
NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense
IMMEDIATE RELEASE Apr 12, 2004
Remains of U.S. MIAS to be Recovered in North Korea
The Department of Defense announced that U.S. and North Korean specialists began preliminary work today in North Korea to prepare to recover the remains of Americans missing in action from the Korean War.
For the first time since these operations began in 1996, supplies and equipment were transported across the demilitarized zone to U.S. recovery teams. This arrangement was made through negotiations led by the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office in February. And, for the first time since 1999, U.S. remains, accompanied by recovery team members, will return across the demilitarized zone (DMZ) at the end of each operation.
In late 2003, U.S. and North Korean negotiators scheduled five operations for 2004 in Unsan County and near the Chosin Reservoir, both sites of major battles and heavy losses of U.S. servicemen.
This marks the ninth consecutive year that U.S. teams have operated inside North Korea, bringing home some remains of the more than 8,100 soldiers missing in action from the war. Specialists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command have recovered more than 180 remains since 1996 in 27 separate operations. This year, the recovery work will be split between the two sites for a schedule that will extend between April and October. Twenty-eight U.S. team members will join with their North Korean counterparts for each of these approximately 30-day operations.
More than 88,000 Americans are missing in action from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and Desert Storm.
NEWS - Return Of Korean MIA Remains Begins -
United Press International
WASHINGTON - U.S. and North Korean specialists began preliminary work Monday in North Korea to recover the remains of Americans missing in action from the Korean War.
NEWS - POW Comes Home from North
POW Kim Gi-jong was captured during the Korean War and has come back to Korea after 50 years.
NEWS - Purple Hearts For POWs Who Die In Captivity
San Diego Man Starts Grassroots Campaign
SAN DIEGO -- There is a grassroots movement in San Diego to award the Purple Heart medal to all prisoners of war who died while imprisoned. Former POW and San Diego resident Shorty Esterbrook is the man behind the effort. He survived the Tiger Camp death march during the Korean War and wants his comrades from any war who didn't make it to be awarded the ultimate recognition. Currently, the medal is now awarded only if the next of kin can prove the person died of wounds. If they died of starvation, were beaten to death or froze to death, no medal is authorized.
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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.
NEWS - COLD WAR: Former Bay of Pigs POW Seeks Cuba Trade
By KYLE WINGFIELD Associated Press Writer
As Fidel Castro worked his way through a line of American agricultural officials in Havana last summer, he complimented a visitor on his excellent Spanish.
COLD WAR - Places to Go on the Web
Korean War Help Desk
Korea-Cold War Archives: from AII POW-MIA
Atomic Veteran MIA - CAPT Jimmy P. Robinson
Atomic Veterans History Project
The Cold War Museum
Korean-Cold War History Resources
Cold War International History Project
Documents Relating to American Foreign Policy During the Cold War
The National Archives Learning Curve - Cold War
Cold War Policies
DPMO has invited Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing, Inc., to participate in this year's Personnel Accounting Conference. They write, "We would like to hear your organization's vision for the future of personnel accounting. Essentially where do you think we should be headed in the future, what initiatives are important to your families and why. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your message to the government leaders tasked to do this work."
The Conferenece is scheduled for 18-19 MAY 2004, Washington, D.C.
We are pleased to announce our National Vice-Chair, Joe McNulty, will represent our organization and members.
NEWS - Palau yields a history of heroes - Plane wreckage tells of bloody battle
By Torsten Ove, Post-Gazette Staff Writer
In the 60 years since war ravaged the western Pacific nation of Palau, population 17,000, the placid string of islands has become a tourist destination for scuba divers lured by the turquoise ocean, coral reefs and white beaches
They held up the U.S. and Palauan flags, and Scannon quietly read part of "For the Fallen," a 1914 poem by Lawrence Binyon:
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
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