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November 2004 Issue #5


2004 FAMILY UPDATE LOCATIONS 2005

City selections are based on past update schedules and demographic mapping of family members' home locations.

2004 : November 20 Orlando, FL
2005 : January 22, 2005 Reno , NV
February 26, 2005 San Antonio , TX
March 19, 2005 Memphis , TN
May 13-14, 2005 Washington , DC*
July 30, 2005 Omaha , NE
August 27, 2005 Columbus , OH
September 24, 2005 San Diego , CA
September 26-28,2005 San Diego , CA
October 22, 2005 Raleigh , NC
November 19, 2005 Spokane , WA
* - The Korean and Cold War Annual Government Briefings




Friday, November 11th, 2004 - Veterans Day




Secretary's Corner by Emma Skuybida:
IMPORTANT NOTICE! Annual Membership ends December 2004. Please renew your membership as soon as possible. We rely on our members to support our ongoing efforts and our newsletter. Send your renewal and check today!

IF YOU HAVE ATTENDED ANY FAMILY OUTREACH IN 2003 AND 2004 BESIDES THE Washington DC, PLEASE CONTACT IRENE MANDRA AT imandra@optonline.net OR WRITE TO Korea/Cold War Families, PO Box 454, Farmingdale NY 11735.

If you wish to write a story about your missing loved one for the HEROES column in our newsletter, please do so and e-mail our web master at info@koreacoldwar.org If you have a picture, please include it.

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 Contacts:
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Congressional Email Directory: http://www.webslingerz.com/jhoffman/congress-email.html
House of Representatives, 108th Congress:
http://www.house.gov/




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, news@koreacoldwar.org
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Web Site: www.koreacoldwar.org




IN MY OPINION
BY IRENE L. MANDRA


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana (18631952)

As if a life sentence of not knowing, waiting and hoping is not condemnation enough, we, the families of Korean and Cold War Prisoners and Missing, are now condemned to repeat the dark years of being dismissed and stonewalled.

Over the past several years we have noticed a steady decline in accessibility, responsiveness and openness by those vested with resolution... DPMO. What we are seeing is a rerun of behavior and a mind set that permeated the early issue years. Let us look back:

Immediately after the war we were told our loved ones "were dead, get over it." "Get on with your lives, he's gone", they said. Reports and documents were classified, cases were not cross-indexed so that family members could get in touch with others whose father, son, husband or brother went missing the same day, in the same way. Phone calls went unreturned, one had to sue the government in order to shake loose the most paltry of papers and reports. There were no updates or briefings, it was a very dark period.

Korea-Cold War always took the back seat to more pressing affairs... the Cuban Missile Crisis, Bay of Pigs and a new war in Southeast Asia overshadowed virtually everything. Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia consumed everyone and all assets for 15 years... although we must give enormous thanks to the intrepid family members, activists and advocates who spear-headed the effort and MADE the POW-MIA issue. Were it not for those wives, siblings and parents we may never have realized the national level of awareness that we do today, and we are grateful.

Nonetheless, there was always 'something' that was more important and shoved Korea-Cold War to the back burner. Over time, as Vietnam ground along and as the issue progressed and became more organized, more and more families stood up and said "I'm mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore", yet the response from Washington was more often than not deafening silence.

For a period, things became better, at least on the surface. Highest National Priority was the mantra and the families saw a glimmer of hope. The phones were ringing, there was an official POW-MIA office at the Pentagon. Our cases were being pursued with vigor we were told. Korea and the Cold War were finally being recognized and the issue of more than 8,200 missing was being addressed.

Then, just as suddenly, we found out much of it was as much smoke and mirrors. It began when Colonel Millard A. Peck, Chief of the Special Office for Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (POW-MIA), suddenly resigned from the POW-MIA Office, nailing his resignation letter to the door. In a damning indictment of the POW-MIA Office, Peck enumerated a laundry list of problems that permeated the office and the effort. 'The Mind set to Debunk', Manipulation, Damage Limitation, career civilian bureaucrats used the office as a 'toxic waste dump' to bury the issue, stalling the issue until it 'dies a natural death' were outlined for any and all to see.

The SSC - Senate Select Committee ramped up within months and under their battle-cry 'we will leave no stone unturned immediately proved that not only were stones not being turned over, they were being buried. I remember sitting in the gallery, for the briefest of Hearings on Korea-Cold War and being stunned by the fact that for all the posturing and promises, virtually no Commissioners had the decency to even show up for the session.

Once again Korea and Cold War were being ignored, the forgotten POW-MIAs and family members from the forgotten and unacknowledged wars.

While the world watched as Communism collapsed, we saw a brief moment of opportunity that Peresteoika, openness, would open the doors on former Soviet Archives, camp listings, GULAG records and more. The POW-MIA Office was once again reincarnated into DPMO and with their new charter and mandate, a promise made to open the Korea-Cold War cases and give families something they had not been granted, the truth. The US-Russia Joint Commission started up, there were Plenaries, we traded analysts and experts, all of which gave us hope.

Yes, some good things happened... remains recovery missions headed to North Korea, Soviet era archives were culled, travel to Russia was suddenly an option, the Russians were responding to some degree. There were reports such as the 77 Page Transfer Report, the Interim Report, and others that shed some light on the darkness. mtDNA became an option and the Punchbowl was opened in hopes of identifying some of the remains that had laid undisturbed and unidentified for 40 plus years.

But just as things seemed to be going in a favorable direction, we find ourselves slowly drifting back into the 'old way'. DPMO is simply not responsive or responsible. Yes, they answer the phone, but all the begging, threatening, pleading and cajoling seems to have little or no effect. We have to wait for MONTHS for a single list. It takes days, weeks for someone to get back to you. Yet, whenever there is a Russian delegation coming to town they expect us to jump and rush to Washington to fill the room, waiting breathlessly for some tidbit of information that might be offered... at our own expense.

Now we find that there is yet another defection from DPMO, Mr. Warren Gray, Intelligence Research Officer, who like Peck, has left the office with a damning indictment of the efforts and results. We are hearing almost identical language to that which we heard some 13 years ago... incompetence, mind set to debunk, military personnel reorganized and a heavy roster of career civilian bureaucrats...

Deja Vu. Clearly DPMO is still directed, still acting in a mode that is meant to satisfy family members with the slightest of details, giving the impression of extraordinary effort, all the while shunting the families into a perpetual holding pattern of hope.


Things have not changed. Things have not gotten better. The only thing that has changed is the PR and spin put on the issue and the USG's efforts. With each passing year hope fades, answers become more distant, memories and people die, our faith and trust is shattered.

It is clear DPMO has not learned from the past, they are condemned to repeat it and are doing so willingly. Yet, it is the families that are left to suffer the consequences.

RECOMMENDATIONS for DPMO

1. Hire More Personnel: There is no question that as years pass the search for POWs and MIAs becomes more challenging. With the Archival programs, the global outreach fot remains, crash sites and grave sites, and the great number of family members requiring answers and explanations, DPMO must hire more personnel.

2. Kay Whitley: We miss you Kay, please come back to us.

3. DASD Jennings: The families need a new Chairman of the US- Russian Joint Commission on POWs/MIAs. We realize that DASD Jennings is currently wearing many hats, to include chairing this Commission, but how does it look to the Russians that you are not only DASD of POW-MIA, but Chairman of the Commission. It is perilous when one is a Jack-of-all-Trades and a Master of None. Mr. Jennings has much too much on his plate to take on yet another responsibility. A responsibility that is critical in light of the vast amount of material held in Soviet Archives, the travel, Plenary and working group schedules and the question of third-part former Soviet bloc nations and their influence - which brings us to our next suggestion.

4. In July 2003, I - Irene Mandra - had a meeting with DASD Jennings. At that time he was asked to please go to the White House and present all the proof that we have on the Transfer of US POWs from Korea to the Soviet Union. DASD Jennings instead suggested that retired Russian Generals be hired. Generals who can get into the KGB archives to look for information on the transfer issue. Mr. Jennings, it is now sixteen months since we met and I have one question for you - Where are those Russian Generals? Have they been hired? Has the program been set-up? Funding allocated? Is there a priority list of repositories and materials? What progress has been made in the past 16 months? This country, this government, owes our Prisoners and Missing all the possible options and assistance within their power. Our loved ones answered the call of their country; it is time that their country answered back. HOW MUCH LONGER DO WE HAVE TO WAIT?

5. DASD Jennings: As much as the families complained about former DASD Bob Jones, at least he took our calls, offered answers and insight into our concerns, and met with POW-MIA family organizations. When he was unavailable, or away, Alan Liotta was always there to help, at least he knew the issue. Now, much to my disappointment, and that of others, I am unable to reach you Mr. Jennings. I truly feel that at this juncture, there is NO ONE who will sit and discuss our concerns, fears and thoughts that we, the family members, have. At this point it is clear to us that you are so insulated we cannot reach you, so, my Board and I have come to the conclusion that our letters must go to other high-ranking individuals in the Department of Defense. TELL US, TO WHOM DO WE COMPLAIN TO?

6. Phil O'Brien: He is an absolute treasure. But then when he is not there, who is answering his phone or replying to his emails and correspondence? When will someone get back to a family member and address their questions or concerns? Please provide us with the name of other analysts that can and will help us.

7. Casualty Offices: Hats off to the Army Casualty Office - you folks get a 5-star rating as far as our organization is concerned. The two Lindas are terrific. They take our calls, answer our questions, reply to emails and are truly a pleasure to speak with.

I wish I had it in my power to give them both raises and promotions. The same holds true for Air Force Casualty and Jim Russell, what a pleasure to work with you Jim.

8. Marine Casualty Office: My beloved Marines have always been #1 in my book, yet they are now a great disappointment. You have some great people - Hattie Johnson is also a treasure. But if she is always being sent on assignment, who is taking care of the store? When Ann Hammers was there, someone was answering questions and emails. Let's get back on track - if Hattie is traveling all the time, please assign another person to take care of Korea-Cold War. Please become #1 again.

9. The above are just some suggestions to get back on track. Please, include the families, respond to our questions and let's all work together again.




Remains of American MIAs Found in North Korea
Remains believed to be those of two American soldiers missing in action from the Korean War have been recovered in North Korea by a U.S. team and will be repatriated at Yongsan Military Compound in Seoul on Aug. 5.

The joint remains recovery work is the result of negotiations with North Korea led by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs Jerry D. Jennings. The remains will be returned over land from North Korea across the demilitarized zone as was done in May and July for the first two recovery operations of 2004.

A joint team operating near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea recovered the remains believed to be those of a U.S. Army soldier from the 7th Infantry Division who fought against Chinese forces November-December 1950. Approximately 1,000 Americans are estimated to have been lost in battles of the Chosin campaign.

Additionally, a second team recovered remains in Unsan County, about 60 miles north of Pyongyang. This area was the site of battles between communist forces and the U.S. Armys 1st Cavalry and 25th Infantry divisions in November 1950.

The 28-person U.S. contingent was composed of specialists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, where the remains will be flown to begin the forensic identification process.

Since 1996, 30 joint operations have been conducted in North Korea, during which more than 200 remains believed to be those of U.S. soldiers have been recovered. Of the 88,000 U.S. service members missing in action from all conflicts, more than 8,100 are from the Korean War.

For additional information about POW/MIA recoveries, visit http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo, or call the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office at (703) 699-1169.




DPMO Korean War Resources:
http://131.84.1.34/dpmo/pmkor/index.htm

DPMO Family Support and Casualty Liaison:
http://131.84.1.34/dpmo/family/index.htm




NEWS - 64-Year Old American Pleads Guilty to Deserting
U.S. Soldier Spent Past 38 Years in North Korea
By Anthony Faiola - Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, November 3, 2004
TOKYO, Nov. 3 -- A 64-year old American soldier pleaded guilty on Wednesday to deserting to North Korea in 1965, receiving a relatively light sentence of up to 30 days confinement and a dishonorable discharge from a U.S. military judge in Japan.




NEWS - American POWs allegedly placed in Klaus's villa - press
PRAGUE, Oct 27 (CTK) - American prisoners from the wars in Korea and Vietnam may have been placed in the villa, in which President Vaclav Klaus lives, Czech general Jan Sejna has told the U.S. Senate, the daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes today. Sejna, who emigrated to the United States in 1968, told the Senate in 1992 that the Czechs took part in the transport and torture of POWs from the Korean and Vietnam wars, MfD writes. He said that he had seen four or five citizens of South Vietnam and six or seven U.S. citizens in a car. The Vietnamese were housed in a villa near Prague Castle, the Americans in an intelligence service's villa in Slunna Street in Prague, the MfD said referring to a report on Sejna's hearing. The presidential villa was then used by the military, which is its formal owner to date. "Mr President has not heard about this. But information about the villa's history should be sought at the Defence Ministry, which put the villa at the president's disposal. They have not informed on the villa's past," Klaus's spokesman Petr Hajek said. The Defence Ministry has not taken any action concerning the villa's history, but would do so if the Presidential Office asked for it, MfD writes. The villa in Slunna Street, Prague 6, was owned by the German family of Lipperts, who ran a famous delicatessen business, till the end of World War Two. The family members were associated with Adolf Hitler's NSDAP party and supported the German police during the Nazi occupation of the Czech Republic. The Lipperts were deported as Nazi collaborators after WW2, the villa was confiscated and is now owned by the Defence Ministry, which has put it at the disposal of Klaus as the highest commander of the Czech armed forces.




NEWS - American Experts Interested in Estate of Former Spy - Press
PRAGUE, Oct 16 (CTK) - American experts have expressed their interest in the estate of former U.S. spy Glen Rohrer, who deserted to communist Czechoslovakia in 1965, the daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes today. They hope to find information about soldiers who disappeared during the Korean or Vietnam wars in the archives. Rohrer died in Prague last year and his estate is now in the hands of a notary public. Czechoslovak officials allegedly took part in interrogations of U.S. soldiers captured during the Korean and Vietnam wars and even took part in health experiments meant to break their will, according to testimony by Czechoslovak General Jan Sejna before the U.S. congress. Sejna emigrated to the West in 1968. No one has confirmed this information as of yet, MfD writes. No evidence showing the transport of U.S. soldiers to Czechoslovakia has been uncovered.

Czech experts have said that Rohrer did not have any information about the alleged interrogations. Glen Rohrer was a spy and an expert on polygraphs. He defected in 1965 and revealed U.S. agents in communist countries. The communist regime used him for propaganda and even made a film about him. He then lived under the name Jan Vesely and then Jan Vedra.




NEWS - US EXPERTS SEEK INFORMATION ABOUT COMMUNIST ERA SPY
October 25, 2004

According to "Prague Post", American experts hope to find information about soldiers who disappeared during the Korean and Vietnam wars in the estate of former U.S. spy Glen Rohrer. Rohrer, who died last year, had been used for propaganda purposes by the communist regime after he deserted to Czechoslovakia in 1965 and revealed information about U.S. agents in communist countries.




NEWS - Czechs probing Korean War experiments on US prisoners
Agence France Presse
PRAGUE, Aug 14 (AFP) - A Czech office set up to investigate communist-era crimes has been helping the United States probe claims that Czechoslovakian doctors experimented on US prisoners from the Korean War, its spokesman said Saturday. Jan Srb, spokesman of the Office for the Documentation and Investigation of the Crimes of Communism (UDV), told the Czech news agency CTK that the United States was interested in the doctors' activities during the 1950-1953 Korean War.




NEWS - UDV searching for lost American soldiers
PRAGUE, Aug 14 (CTK) - The Office for the Documentation and Investigation of the Crimes of Communism (UDV) has been cooperating with American authorities in searching for information about American soldiers lost during military conflicts, UDV spokesman Jan Srb told CTK today. Srb said that the main interest is in material from the Korean War between 1950 and 1953 and the Americans are also searching for those lost in World War Two. According to historical records, about 200 graves of American soldiers were in the Czech lands in 1946. The UDV also discovered information about 21 U.S. military personnel arrested in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. Most of these were based in Germany and became lost on the border.

One of those arrested lived in Czechoslovakia until 1992. Another three soldiers requested political asylum in Czechoslovakia, two of whom returned to the United States after two years. The Americans were interested in the activities of Czechoslovak doctors during the Korean War. In 1992, former Czechoslovak general Jan Sejna announced in the United States that Czechoslovak doctors took part in experiments performed on American POWs. In 1968, Sejna emigrated to the United States and worked for U.S. intelligence. The investigation, however, has not confirmed these accusations. The UDV is dependent on help from American authorities in the case of communist agent Pavel Minarik, who planned a bomb attack on Radio Free Europe in Munich where he worked as a reporter in the 1970s. The UDV asked the American embassy to asses damages that such an attack would have caused, which is necessary to file charges. Minarik was convicted of planning the attack in 1993 and sentenced to four years in prison. The case was then returned for further investigation upon an appeal and prosecution was halted last year.

Eventually, however, the Supreme Court allowed prosecution to continue and Minarik faces eight to 15 years in prison.




Turn Again To Life
If I should die and leave you here awhile,
Be not like others, sore and undone,
Who keep long vigils by the silent dust,
and weep.
For my sake - turn again to life and smile
Nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do Something to comfort other hearts than thine.
Complete those dear unfinished tasks of mine
And I, perchance, may therein comfort you.




The Korean War Educator
http://www.koreanwar-educator.org/




Korean and Cold War History Resources
http://users.snowcrest.net/jmike/coldwarmil.html





U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
(Public Affairs)
News Release No. 938-04

IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 22, 2004

Defense POW/MIA Official Concludes Talks in Russia

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs Jerry D. Jennings completed a series of key talks with Russian officials Wednesday evening in Moscow.

Jennings three-day discussions centered on improving the work done by the U.S. Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs. The president recently appointed Jennings the U.S. chairman of the commission which was established in 1992 by the United States and Russian Federation presidents to clarify the fates of missing American and Russian service members from all conflicts since the beginning of World War II.

The commission has played a key role over the years in helping us to account for missing Americans, but we can do better. Its work requires support from the highest levels of the Russian government, and its my intent to strengthen that support, just as we have on the U.S. side, Jennings said.

During his visit, he spoke with officials from the Russian Security Council; the Russian State Duma; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Committee of Warrior-Internationalists; and a key veterans organization, The Combat Brotherhood. He also briefed U.S. Ambassador Alexander Vershbow and Deputy Chief of Mission John Beyrle.

The head of the Department of State security said the commissions work is a very important activity that brings the people of our two countries together, and promotes cooperation between our nations.

During his conversations with Russian officials, Jennings received assurances that ongoing reorganizations would not diminish the Russian governments support for the work of the commission. The officials expressed admiration for the substantial progress the commission had made since 1992 clarifying the fates of thousands of Russians missing since WWII as well as that of many missing Americans. They agreed that a renewed emphasis on the importance of the commissions work was needed, and pledged to improve and support its work in the future. A full-time POW/MIA office, part of the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office, serves as a vital member of the country team in the U.S. embassy in Moscow.

Jennings also reminded officials of the importance of supporting a plenary session among the commissioners of both the U.S. and Russian sides. That event is tentatively planned for November in Washington.

Our commitment to our fallen warriors on both sides demands that we reinvigorate the commissions work. Im confident we can move this humanitarian work ahead, and keep our promises to our fellow veterans and the families of the missing, he added. Jennings and his delegation return to the United States on Thursday.




NEWS - U.S. official calls for broader archive search to determine fate of missing Americans
By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV - Associated Press
MOSCOW (AP) - The American co-chair of a U.S.-Russian commission working to determine the fate of missing servicemen said Wednesday that a more extensive search through Russian government archives is needed to determine whether any American prisoners from the Korean and Vietnam wars had been taken to the Soviet Union.




We welcome your comments, questions and thoughts.
Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing, Inc.
PO Box 454, Farmingdale, NY 11735 USA
info@koreacoldwar.org




NEWS - Another MIA from the Forgotten War
26 October, 2004
Stutlien is another missing victim of a Forgotten War
Bob Lind,The Forum
Cpl. Francis Stutlien sat down and wrote his parents a letter.

He said he was watching other troops on patrol as he wrote. He also indicated conditions were improving - the weather, maybe, or possibly the fighting situation - on this February day in 1951 on the rice paddies of South Korea.
2004 Forum Communications Co. Fargo, ND




"...I've called for whatever it takes to be so strong that no other nation will dare violate the peace. If that means superiority, so be it. ... You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery.

Is it worth dying for...? Should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots of Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard round the world?

The martyrs of history were not fools...." --
Ronald Reagan





NEWS - Joint mission recovers war dead Despite chilly ties, North Korea aids U.S. repatriation effort
Andrew Salmon - International Herald Tribune
October 16, 2004
SEOUL: Although they remain technically at war, the militaries of the United States and North Korea are successfully cooperating at one level: repatriating the bodies of U.S. troops killed in action in the North over half a century ago. On the drill square of Yongsan garrison in Seoul on Friday, four coffins containing the presumed remains of U.S. troops killed during the Korean War were honored in a repatriation ceremony. Although fighting stopped in 1953, no peace treaty has been signed.




NEWS - Russia to hand over remains of soldiers to Italy - official.
By Sergei Ostanin
MOSCOW, October 20 (Itar-Tass) - Russia will hand over the remains of 578 soldiers died during WWII to Italian representatives."From 1991 to 2003 the remains of 9,094 servicemen were sent to Italy under an inter-governmental agreement on the status of place of burial. The names of 2,732 people have been identified. Our association revealed and studied places of burial of Italian soldiers in the areas of military actions and camps of prisoners of war on the territory of Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan." "The exhumation of the remains of Italian servicemen, which will be handed over this year. The database includes over 2.2 million records regarding the fate of foreign prisoners of war. "It allows us to establish their places of burial on the territory of the former Soviet Union and inform relatives about this."




NEWS - A Homecoming Delayed
CENGEL KATYA - The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
Soldier's family wants to help others retrieve loved ones' remains
September 20, 2004 - For as long as Larry Anderson Williams can remember, a picture of his uncle, Charles Anderson Williams, stood on his parents' bedside table in their Louisville home. In the black-and-white photo, his uncle's clean-shaven and smiling face peeks from beneath a military cap. It was taken in 1950, the same year Charles was killed in North Korea at the age of 20. The portrait is one of the few memories Larry has of his uncle - from whom he gets his middle name. Charles died two years before Larry, now 52, was born. But his image was always present when Larry and his sister, Patty Lumley, were children.




NEWS RELEASE
from the United States Department of Defense
No. 1058-04 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct 22, 2004 - Korea
U.S. Security Meeting Joint Communiqu Announced Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Yoon Kwang Ung issued a joint communiqu today following the 36th Republic of Korea (ROK)-United States security consultative meeting (SCM). Rumsfeld and Yoon led their respective delegations, which included senior defense and foreign affairs officials.

Before the SCM, the chairmen of the respective Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard B. Myers and Gen. Kim Jong Hwan, presided over the 26th ROK-US Military Committee Meeting on Oct. 21, 2004. The United States-Republic of Korea Security Consultative Meeting joint communiqu can be found at:
http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Oct2004/d20041022joint.pdf




US CODE: Sec. 1513. - Definitions
In this chapter:

(1) The term ''missing person'' means -
(A) a member of the armed forces on active duty who is in a missing status; or
(B) a civilian employee of the Department of Defense or an employee of a contractor of the Department of Defense who serves in direct support of, or accompanies, the armed forces in the field under orders and who is in a missing status.

Such term includes an unaccounted for person described in section 1509(b) of this title who is required by section 1509(a)(1) of this title to be considered a missing person.

(2) The term ''missing status'' means the status of a missing person who is determined to be absent in a category of any of the following:
(A) Missing.
(B) Missing in action.
(C) Interned in a foreign country.
(D) Captured.
(E) Beleaguered.
(F) Besieged.
(G) Detained in a foreign country against that person's will.

The cases eligible for review under this section are the following:
(1) With respect to the Korean conflict, any unaccounted for person who was classified as a prisoner of war or as missing in action during that conflict and who
(A) was known to be or suspected to be alive at the end of that conflict, or
(B) was classified as missing in action and whose capture was possible.
(2) With respect to the Cold War, any unaccounted for person who was engaged in intelligence operations (such as aerial ''ferret'' reconnaissance missions over and around the Soviet Union and China) during the Cold War.
(3) With respect to the Indochina war era, any unaccounted for person who was classified as a prisoner of war or as missing in action during the Indochina conflict.




REMINDER - PLEASE RENEW
Members who join us in the ladder months of 2003 & members who Join us in the beginning of 2004, it is time to renew your membership. Since our inception we have sent out up to date information on the POW-MIA issue and you have received a newsletter every three months. Your Membership is important to the organization. In unity we have strength, Helps us to keep growing. We are not only tax free, but we are considered a charity. Please send your check to our PO Box 454, Farmingdale, NY 11735




Treasurers Report: by Gail Stallone
On behalf of Korea/Cold War Families I wish to thank the following Organizations & business for your thoughtful and generous donations.
AM Vets

Numerous Korean War Veterans Organizations
Helen Logan Swann
Stuff A Bagel
Our Anonymous Friends




On the Web:
The Cold War International History Project
http://wwics.si.edu/index.cfm?topic_id=1409&fuseaction=topics.home




NEWS - NY Mets Honor POW-MIAs
24 September, 2004
N.Y. Mets Honor PO
W/MIAs; Jennings Throws Out First Pitch
By Rudi Williams - American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2004 -- A huge black and white POW/MIA flag flew in center field as Jerry D. Jennings, who leads the Pentagon's worldwide mission to account for America's POWs and MIAs, threw out the first ball in Shea Stadium in New York City on Sept. 15. Jennings, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for prisoner of war and missing personnel affairs, was invited by the Mets to throw out the first pitch as part of their recognition of POW/MIA activities.




Much Thanks to Charles "Satch" Beasley
SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY

A doctrine precluding the institution of a suit against the sovereign [government] without its consent. It is rooted in the inherent nature of power and the ability of those who hold power to shield themselves.

Federal sovereign immunity is a defense to liability rather than a right to be free from trial.

The Supreme Court has ruled that in a case involving the government's sovereign immunity the statute in question must be strictly construed in favor of the sovereign and may not be enlarged beyond the waiver its language expressly requires.

Courts have said that when someone claiming to have been injured by the government or its employees files suit for money damages against the government, and the government has not expressly waived its immunity, the court will not even consider the lawsuit. Instead, the court will dismiss the suit and instruct the injured person to seek payment for his injuries from the legislature or chief executive of the government. The government, say the courts, is immune from any lawsuit seeking money damages against it. Because the legislative body and the chief executive are the elected representatives of all the people, only they should decide where public money (and other property) belonging to all the people should be spent. This is not a decision for the courts.

28 U.S.C. S 2680(h) provides that the government is not liable when any of its agents commits the torts of assault, battery, false imprisonment, false arrest, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, libel, slander, misrepresentation, deceit, or interference with contract rights. However, it also provides an exception. The government is liable if a law enforcement officer commits assault, battery, false imprisonment, false arrest, abuse of process, or malicious prosecution. The government is not liable if the claim against law enforcement officers is for libel, slander, misrepresentation, deceit, or interference with contract. Congress has not waived the government's sovereign immunity against all law enforcement acts or omissions.




NEWS - Remains of American MIAs return from North Korea
By HAWON JUNG - October 15, 2004
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Remains believed to be those of U.S. soldiers missing from the Korean War were honored Friday after being turned over from North Korea a half century after the conflict ended. As hundreds of senior U.S. and South Korean officers watched, four metal coffins draped with blue United Nations flags were loaded into black hearses during a ceremony at the U.S. 8th Army headquarters in Seoul. A military marching band paraded and a gun salute boomed during the ceremony on a drill ground.




NEWS - Korean War MIA Laid to Rest Funeral held at last for Fayetteville soldier killed in Korea
The Associated Press 22 October, 2004
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Teddy Lilly is home at last. The 22-year-old soldier was reported killed more than 54 years ago in one of the bloodiest battles of the Korean War. But it wasn't until Thursday that his remains were laid to rest among his family in his home town. "I had given up hope," said Alma Hodes, who married Lilly about five weeks before he was sent to Korea. "But deep in your heart, you always wonder." The remains of 2nd Lt. Edmund "Teddy" Lilly III were recovered in South Korea and buried in Hawaii, but identified only this summer through DNA testing. His funeral was held Thursday at St. John's Episcopal Church, where he once served as an acolyte.
The Fayetteville Observer




NEWS - Search for Missing US Servicemen Expanding to Russia's Far East
By Sergei Blagov - November 4, 2004
Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Russia has for the first time agreed to open its remote far eastern region to U.S. officials searching for American servicemen missing in action from past wars.

The U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs is to undertake an expedition that will take in the region bordering the Korean peninsula, including the major urban centers of Vladivostok and Khabarovsk. Details are scarce, but the mission will take place from Sept. 21-30. In the past the commission's work has mostly taken place in Moscow.




NEWS - U.S. wants broader search for missing POWs
By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV - The Associated Press
9/23/2004 MOSCOW (AP) The American co-chair of a U.S.-Russian commission working to determine the fate of missing servicemen said that a more extensive search through Russian government archives is needed to determine if any American prisoners from the Korean and Vietnam wars were taken to the Soviet Union.




IF I KNEW
If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.