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Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing

November 2005 Issue #9

POW-MIA We Remember!

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

Family Update 2006 Cities (Dates To Be Announced)

• Dallas, TX • Savannah , GA • San Francisco, CA • St Louis, MO • Washington , DC ** • Syracuse , NY • Minneapolis , MN • Seattle , WA Washington , DC * • Albuquerque , NM
* - The Korean and Cold War Annual Government Briefings

Secretary's Corner by Emma Skuybida:
Please note that membership dues are coming up -- the due date is January 1, 2006. Please be sure to send them timely, so that our organization can continue doing its very important work and also can continue sending you the newsletter, which is so informative and necessary for all of us to keep up on the latest news.

Please send your dues to:
Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing, Inc.
PO Box 454, Farmingdale
New York 11735 USA
Emma Skuybida


Many of you know that Jerry Jennings has been ill and has been out of the office for six months. We are sorry that he is ill, but DPMO (Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office) cannot function properly without a DASD officer (Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense.)

The Inspector General office has investigated Mr. Jennings. He has five EEO charges against him besides a sexual harassment charge. DPMO work is too important, it is only justified that he is replaced, and DPMO needs a leader. There are many good men who would do a magnificent job as a new Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. It is unfair to the families that good people are leaving DPMO, due to the treatment they received by Mr. Jennings. Our government has promise more than once that they leave no man behind; well tell me how can employees work under such environment?

It is also critical at this point that there is no one leading the US/Russian Commission. This is a tragedy. The US/Russian commission is an important agency within the Department of Defense, besides giving answers to families, on what has happen with many of the shoot downs from the war. Their work must continue and Mr. Jennings did us all a disservice when he put himself in charge of the commission. Another worriment is that Pac Com (US Pacific Command) must supply enough funds to JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) so that they can continue their vital work.

The shutting down of the remains issue with North Korea, President Bush stated it would be for a short time. The White House must renew dialog with North Korea, if we are to have an accounting and closure for some of our families. These are some of the problems facing Korea/Cold War Families. With this in mind, I wrote to all the Veterans Organizations Headquarters asking for their help. Please read (to the right) the letter that was sent.

Very truly yours,
Irene L. Mandra

"The sacrifice and service of America's veterans, including those who became prisoners of war or who went missing in action, have preserved freedom for America and brought freedom to millions around the world. This Nation also remembers the challenges and heartache endured by the families of prisoners of war and missing in action. We seek answers for the families of those who are still missing, and we will not rest until we have a full accounting. "
President George W. Bush - 19 September 2003

Letter to All Veterans Service Organizations
Dear National Chairman:

Korea/Cold War Families of the Missing needs the active support of the Veterans Organizations now more than ever. The shutting down of the highly successful recovery of remains operation with North Korea and the Administrations allowing the deterioration of the leadership at the US/Russian Joint Commission are just two of the reasons we need your support. Couple this with serious concerns over current and future funding for JPAC plus the lack of an active DASD Officer to directly represent DPMO on a daily basis when engaging the Pentagon. Many of my members now question the White Houses commitment to the humanitarian POW/MIA issues relating to the Korean War.

We need your leadership on behalf of your rank and file to contact the White House and Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and express your concerns that they appear to be not committed to the fullest possible accounting of our honored dead when it comes to the Korean War. Your support is urgently needed to get the White House and the Pentagon to approve DPMOs request to see if they can restart the recovery operations with North Korea for 2006. We must revive the US Russian Joint Commission so it can once again do the great work it has done in the past on behalf of all wars. Of course, we understand that when there is a legitimate need to ensure the safety of our recovery personnel any where in the world that we will honor those concerns.

Funding must be secured for JPAC so that recovered remains of our honored dead are returned to their loved ones in a timely way. The resolution of the POW/MIA issues of any war is a humanitarian issue of the highest order as stated in 1954 by Congress and this commitment was meant to transcend all future administrations.

We believe that President Bushs promise to bring the boys home is heartfelt. However, we feel that the current administration must be made aware of the fact that the veterans organization and families of the missing will not tolerate lip service. We will accept nothing less than a full commitment from our government. We can only make this happen with your support. Please come on board, I will notify other veterans organizations; hopefully together we can make a difference. Thank you for all your help.

Very truly yours,
Irene L Mandra

NEWS - A mission of closure for MIA's relatives:
Briefing outlines latest efforts to find remains

Jose Luis Jimenez, STAFF WRITER
Edward Rose was an older brother and a parent to Ronald Rose. When their mother died giving birth to the younger Rose, the oldest son helped his newly widowed father raise his siblings. The brothers from Missouri joined the Army and were shipped to Asia after World War II. When the Korean War broke out in 1950, Ronald Rose's unit was one of the first on the ground. He wrote to his older brother, an ordnance specialist, that the war was not going well. Shortly thereafter, Sgt. Edward Rose landed on the peninsula with the tanks of the 25th Infantry Division, which helped push the North Korean army north toward China.

Unfortunately, Edward Rose, 24, never returned. His tank was destroyed during the retreat of U.S. forces when the Chinese army crossed into North Korea. Yesterday, his brother spent the day at a Department of Defense briefing on the latest efforts to recover the remains of the tens of thousands of servicemen still listed as missing in action.

Korea - Cold War Families of the Missing Wishes Everyone a Happy, Healthy and Blessed Holiday Season.

Please remember to renew your membership. Our next issue will be February 2006.

Letter to The Honorable George W. Bush
President of United States of America

On November 11, 2004 you made a statement emphasizing your commitment to the POW/MIA issue. You stated, We will not rest until we have made the fullest accounting for every life. Were these just words? At your news conference in May, you stated that the recovery operations in North Korea would be temporarily shut down. The families and the veterans who have worked this issue for over twenty years deserve a full explanation, as this issue has always been perceived as a Humanitarian Issue and not tied to the serious political issues between the United States and North Korea.

Since 1996, recovery operations with North Korea have been very productive and grown in scale. It gave families hope toward reaching the goal of fullest possible accounting of the men who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in the Korean War. After fifty years some families were actually getting closure.

The recovery of our loved ones is now tied to the progress of the Six Party Talks. Who originated this policy, and why are the men from the Korean War once again the forgotten heroes? What has to happen to allow US Officials in the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) and the Joint POW/MIA accounting command (JPAC) to again engage the North Koreans and conduct recovery operations? What heartless politician would dare to play with the emotions and heartbreak of family members who have waited much too long for answers?

Must we be content with the reports that our loved ones were shipped from POW camps to the Soviet Union, and our government is doing nothing at the White House level to show an interest in these men? Would not a few words from you to President Putin show that you want answers? I am thoroughly disappointed with the US Commission assigned to this task. At first it was headed by an Ambassador, then a General and now it is headed by a man who at present is being investigated by the Inspector Generals Office, and has five complaints filed with the E.E.O. against him, in addition to a sexual harassment complaint. The Commission was set up to be led by a Presidential appointment i.e., a person with a good reputation and character. Again your administration showed families you truly dont have an interest in our missing men by leaving this man in office.

It was reported in the minutes of the 19th Plenium of the US- Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIA affairs, that the U.S. side presented to the Russians side materials that clarify the fates of 17,463 Soviet servicemen. There were 39 planes that were lost on the U.S. side and 126 men missing from the Cold War. What about the fates of those men and the fates of the missing from the Korean War? When will that question be asked of the Russians? Why dont you personally press for answers? Wont you show you truly care by acting Presidential on this issue? President Bush, I voted for you believing that you would give families answers and closure. Please show me I was right to put my faith and trust in you.

Very Truly Yours,
Irene L. Mandra

AP Alert - Defense - October 20, 2005

Pentagon officials revive request for access to Chinese records on Korean WarMIAs
BEIJING_U.S. officials on Thursday renewed a request for Chinese permission tosearch military archives that could yield clues to the fate of missing American servicemen who may have been held by China during and after the Korean War. The matter was raised with Chinese Defense Ministry officials by Peter Rodman, the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, and histop Asia expert, Richard Lawless.

They were in Beijing with U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, who wasmaking his first visit to China since becoming Pentagon chief in 2001. The Chinese side gave an encouraging but not definitive response, according to an official familiar with the discussion who spoke on condition of anonymitybecause he was not authorized to speak publicly.

China has repeatedly denied it has any information about the fate of Americansoldiers from Korea. The Pentagon has tried to convince Beijing that its archives could provideimportant information about some of the 8,100 U.S. servicemen who remainunaccounted for from the Korean War.

The Chinese military ran prisoner-of-war camps in North Korea after itintervened in the war in October 1950 to push U.S.-led United Nations forcesback from the Yalu River separating China and North Korea. The Pentagon also hasinformation that China took some U.S. POWs into China during the war.Last year, U.S. officials excavated a site in northeastern China and found remains later identified as belonging to an Air Force pilot, Capt. Troy "Gordie"Cope, of Norfork, Arkansas, whose jet crashed in 1952 after being shot downduring a dogfight with a Russian flying for North Korea.mIt was the first time remains of a U.S. military pilot ! from the Korean War wererecovered on Chinese territory, and U.S. officials saw the case as an important step forward in cooperation on MIAs.

The documentary film "Missing, Presumed Dead: The Search for America's POWS" will be screened for members of Congress, congressional staff, and the pressat 12 noon on Friday, October 28, 2005 in room 122 of the Cannon House Office Building, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.

Prior to the screening a press conference with filmmaker Bill Dumas will be held. Mr. Dumas will introduce the film and answer questions.

"Missing, Presumed Dead" documents the abandonment of American POWs during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and investigates the possibility some of these POWs are still being held against their will.

For more information contact:
Bill Dumas
The Search For America's POWs

From Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing
Goodbye, Sweet Kaye

As many of you may already know, Dr. Kaye Whitley, has left DPMO to take another position. She served the families of our POWs and MIAs with humor, grace, dignity, intelligence and compassion... she will be missed beyond words.

I first met Kaye when I traveled to Russia in the early 1990's in search of my brother who had been reported by a Russian officer to have been seen in the Magadan Region of the former USSR. Jaye had just joined DPMO and was in Moscow when I arrived. At the time, she was the Family Advocate. Over the years, she did a lot of hand holding, put out a lot of fires and was always a calm port in the stormy waters of families demanding and begging for answers. She served us well and often during the almost 12 years she held this post.

Over time she was made the assistant to DASD Jerry Jennings, head of DPMO and the Chairman of the US-Russia Joint Commission. Always honest, she made the fatal mistake of not agreeing with DASD Jennings one day with respect to his behavior toward the National League of Families. Because she crossed him she was punished by being given no work. Ostensibly, she was put on ice... showing up day after day, and educated and accomplished woman with a dozen years experience was given nothing, and I mean NOTHING, to do.

From morning 'til evening she stared at the walls. Others at DPMO who have made the mistake of incurring DASD's wrath, experience similar situations. The overall situation at DPMO, even with DASD Jenning's absence, is none the better over time.

What pains us, the families, is the gall of a career bureaucrat such as Jerry Jennings and his cabal to waste the time of those who have been tasked with the effort of finding our loved ones... gettings answers, asking more questions and hopefully, one day, bringing about resolution for those of who wait. The pettiness it requires to warehouse someone like Dr. Whitley is mind-boggling. Their job is to search for our POWs and MIAs, not stare at walls because they had the guts to disagree with the powers-taht-be.

This is juvenile. Are we back in school, where the bully on the play ground threatens and cajoles the others into submission? It dooes not take a lot to be a bully, just immaturty, ego and the inability - or lack of desire - to work with others. Since taking over the helm of DPMO, most of the good folks who have dedicated years, if not their lives, to finding answers, have been cowed by the aggression and potential punishment they will receive if they incur the DASD's wrath.

If I sound disgusted, it is because I AM. I am also so very thankful that I am not in that position. That I am a taxpaying, voting, civilian citizen who is free to speak their mind without fear of reprimand or worse. Because I am not in that position, I feel it is my duty to speak up for those who are being persecuted at DPMO. My desperate hope is that DPMO gets starightened out and again we, the families, will receive the response we deserve, from the good people at DPMO who will not be ducking for cover but putting their hearts into the mission they know, love and believe in.

Ir's time for a major change at DPMO, and I hope that day will soon be here.


Chit Chat by Irene

Five hats to DPMO for a very professionally given family update that took place in Washington DC October 26 to 28. The side trip to Afdil was very informative, and for many of us it was our first experience at the DNA identification laboratory. It was a hectic three days, in which I had the privilege to attend a memorial service at Arlington Cemetery for one of our members Lindia Vanderlas brother 1st Lt.Thomas Lafferty. The Air Force did them selves proud. Also taking place was the showing of Bill Dumas documentary on the search for Roger Dumas by his brother Bob. This took place on the hill, and every Congressman received a copy of the DVD in the hopes that they will cosponsor House Res: 123. For those of you who wish to purchase the film please contact Bill Dumas at for those of you who are unfamiliar with House Res: 123, its a congressional hearing for our missing.

Many of the family members, miss not having Kaye Whitley's smiling face to greet them.

DPMO is trying to find a cheaper hotel for the families in 2006. It may mean that they may take the DC meeting out of Washington and bring it to St. Louis, was one possibly brought up and being discussed. I for one wish we could go to HI, where there be much to see like the Punch Bowl and Jpac. I guess its just wishful thinking. If you were unable to attend the Washington DC meeting, may I suggest that you make a regional meeting. You always learn something new at these updates.

Sunday, November 6, 2006 was a dedication at Eisenhower Park, NY. For a Vietnam War Monument. Many dignitaries attended and the Vietnam veterans were kind enough to give me yellow roses. After the ceremony, I immediately went to Pine Lawn cemetery and put the roses at my Brothers memorial site. During the ceremony, I watch the Korean veterans march with their blue jackets, how they stood out. I visualize in my mind if my brother would have come home he would have been one of those veterans marching. You get a lump in your throat to see all the veterans in uniform marching and the monument was not to be believed. Dog Tags wrapped around clasped hands.

I would like to make a suggestion to DPMO; I notice that at the family update meeting, the room was jammed the first day, but by the third day there was a very small audience. What happen to starting at 90cock breaking for lunch coming back and at least you will retain a large group. The following day start again at 9oclock, and you can then have a side trip in the afternoon. There is such vital information given by DPMO its a shame that families are missing a good part of the forum. Just an idea, please think about it.

NEWS - Koreas progress little in POW talks
August 25, 2005 Red Cross representatives from the two Koreas yesterday began a two-day meeting at Mount Kumgang, where they are known to be discussing the issue of determining the fate of South Korean prisoners of war from the Korean War. Both sides have reportedly tried to find a middle ground, said sources close to the meeting. However, so far, no progress has been made.

According to sources, the South Korean representatives want the Northern representatives to identify South Korean prisoners of war and abductees, not only from the Korean War but also from the post-war period. North Korean officials, however, have said the time period should be limited to the Korean War.

US Federal News November 2, 2005

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 -- Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas
(14th CD), issued the following press release:

Decades after the conclusion of wars in Korea and Vietnam, are American prisoners of war still alive? This is the question explored in a provocative new Documentary entitled Missing, Presumed Dead; The Search for America's POWs. Documentary filmmaker Bill Dumas, whose uncle Roger Dumas has been missing in Korea since the 1950s, visited Washington last week to screen the film and garner support for the creation of a congressional committee to investigate cases of missing servicemen. The ultimate message of the film is very simple: the best way to support our troops is to make sure each and every one of them comes home.

The documentary has received support from many groups, including Rolling Thunder; Task Force Omega; Korea/Cold War Families of the Missing; National Alliance of Families for the Return of America's Missing Servicemen; and VietNow.

Congressman Paul's office held a screening of the documentary last week for members of Congress and their staffs, and copies of the film (donated by veterans groups) were provided to every House and Senate office.

Paul issued a brief statement in support of the film, urging his colleagues to co-sponsor H. Res. 123. H. Res. 123, introduced by Representative Peter King of New York, would establish a select committee on POW and MIA affairs. Paul stated that "Establishment of this select committee is long overdue, and Congress must not ignore its obligations any longer."

• N E W S • N E W S • N E W S • N E W S •

• Former South Korean spy's book reveal covert operations in North

• Walter Reed Army Medical Center still needs phone cards for recovering troops!
Call - 202 782-2071
The address to send them is:
Medical Family Assistance Center
6900 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20307

• ROK Daily: Abductees to N.K. Unhappy Back Home - finding happiness in the South has started to fade because of the South Korean government's indifference towards him and hundreds of its citizens abducted by the North .

• There is always hope: US DOD: Airmen missing from World War II identified. The remains of three U.S. servicemen, missing in action since 1941, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

• Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing wishes to extend our heart felt condolences to the following families :

Mr. & Mrs Jack Bilello over the loss of their precious daughter.

Best selling author Jack Bilello has written a new book called I Still Love Joni James In his latest work the author transports us to the fifties in a Brooklyn neighborhood. Mr. Bilello has graciously promise to donate some of the profits of his book to Korea/Cold War Families.
You may order the book via e-mail at or call 516 541-2660.
• MANY THANKS FOR A TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS Who taped, label and stamped the August Newsletter:
Pauline Fazio, Noreen Mandra, John Mandra. Special thanks to Ki Ceniglio who performs magic with the computer.

Special thanks for articles, letters, etc.
Jeri Roling
Marie Murphy
Charlotte Mitnik
Sharon Mitnik and always
Our wonderful Board of Directors

Faith and Hope
Keynote Remarks by Andi Wolos - Director, AII POW-MIA
Our Lady of Chantal POW-MIA Liturgy , Long Island, NY
On behalf of Korea-Cold War Family Members

Good Afternoon Honored guests, Clergy, ex-POWs, Family Members, Veterans, ladies and gentlemen.

All too often I am asked to speak during a secular observance, and I must restrict my sentiments at those times to the appropriateness of the gathering. Today I am permitted the opportunity to speak from the heart and openly about two of the most important aspects, for me, of the POW-MIA issue... Faith and Hope.

What is it that keeps us, all of us, going in an issue that tries our patience, our sanity and strength everyday? It is Faith. What is it that permits us to get up every morning, write letters, speak before thousands of people, fight with whomever we need to do battle with and continue on in an issue that so often seems hopeless? It is Hope.

Faith and hope are the cornerstone of what we do with respect to the POW-MIA issue. And, it is faith and hope that have brought millions of men and women in uniform through the darkest hours of battle, tens of thousands of POWs through the nightmare of captivity and the countless loving families who wait through the endless days, months, years and decades of not knowing.

Ask any former POW what kept him going... during the terror of capture, the depravity of torture, the darkness of solitary confinement, and ultimately, freedom. It is all too frequently the Faith and Love that was instilled in him in his life. Love of God, love of country, love of family. The ability to find comfort and some consolation in what ever form his Faith took. It was also his faith that his government would not abandon him nor his family and his faith in knowing that somewhere, someone had left a light on in the window until he came home.

Ask them how it was they could look forward to another day... whatever misery that day would bring... and they will answer that it was hope. Hope that one day he would be free. Hope that he would return to his family, friends, to his country and life without fear and as a free man.

Fortunately, we have amongst us, many of those who suffered through combat, through captivity, and by the grace of God, are with us today. Sadly, all too many Prisoners and Missing are not.

Their place at our table is empty yet their place in our hearts will forever by nurtured by OUR hope and faith. Hope they will return, faith they will not be forgotten... by us, even when our own government does.

One story, showing the best of human nature under the worst of circumstances, is that of Father Emil Kapaun, United States Army, Korea. Known as the POW Priest, he was a symbol of love and faith in a prison and war of hate.

During the Korean War, armed only with the love of God, he is remembered as one of the best and bravest of men. A simple, humble Army Chaplain, Father Kapaun died as a POW at the age of 35 and was buried in an unmarked grave somewhere along the Yalu River in North Korea. But I do not wish to speak of his death and the fact he is one of the 8,100 unaccounted-for from the Forgotten War, Korea, I wish to speak about his life and love for his fellow man while a POW.

On November 2nd, 1950, the 8th Cavalry was overwhelmed by enemy forces. Father Kapaun refused a direct order to escape by breaking lines, his reason? He was administering the last rites to a dying soldier. While he offered the sacrament, he was captured, beaten and taken to a POW camp run by the Communist Chinese.

Captivity did not end his charitable acts and the work of God. At night he would sneak around the prison compound, rooting out vegetables, potatoes and sacks of corn to help nourish starving POWs.

When the men were called out to make the ration run, the Father would slip in at the end of the line. Before the ration detail reached the supply shed, he'd slide off into the bushes. Creeping and crawling on his belly, he'd come up behind the shed, and while the rest of the POWs started an argument with the guard and the Chinese doling out the rations to distract them, he'd sneak in, snatch up a sack of cracked corn and scurry off into the bushes with it.

Death and disease were everywhere, yet the good Father never failed to minister to his POW flock. Even when they died, he did not abandon them,... The POWs buried their own dead ... Men dodged this detail whenever they could. But Father Kapaun always volunteered. And standing graveside, as the earth covered the naked body -- the clothing of the dead was saved to warm the living -- he would utter for them the last great plea:

'Eternal rest grant unto him, 0 Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.'

He would frequently escape to the barracks where enlisted men were held captive and offer a quick service beginning with prayers for the men who had died in Korea and a prayer for their families. He would close with a prayer of thanks for all the favors the Lord granted the POWs, whether the POWs realized those graces or not. His sermon would always be about love, freedom, not losing hope or faith.

The POWs who knew him said he could turn a stinking, mud filled, vermin infested hut into a cathedral.

He hand washed filthy garments and distributed them to sick and weak men. He traded his watch for a blanket and then cut it up to make socks for the men whose feet were freezing in the arctic chill of North Korea. He nursed and comforted the sick and dying.

With his vestments and bible confiscated, Father Kapaun could not hold a formal mass, yet endlessly challenged his captors and their brutal rule against religious services.

In one sermon, forver remembered by returned POWs, he told the story of Christ's suffering and death, and then, holding in his hand a Rosary made of bent barbed wire he had cut from the prison fence, he recited the glorious mysteries. This was Easter Sunday, 1951. A week later, during bright week, Father Kapaun collapsed, ravaged by dysentery, pneumonia and infections.

Dying, in agony, his last words were, a sermon.

The sermon of the Seven Macchabes in the Old Testament... About an emperor who had an elderly woman brought up before him. He told her to renounce her Faith or he would torture and kill her. She replied that he could do anything he wanted, but she would never renounce it.

The emperor then had her seven sons brought before him and said he would kill them if she did not renounce her faith. She still refused and he then put them to death, one by one. The mother was crying and the emperor asked her if she was crying because she was sad. She replied that her tears were tears of joy because she knew her sons were in heaven, and had gone home.

Several days later, Father Kapaun passed into eternal memory... lying side by side in a common grave with the men he had served so well in faith and in love.

Father Kapaun gave hope where there was none... he instilled faith where there was only fear, hunger and no end to the misery that was the Korean War.

In his life and in his death he triumphed. His captors were afraid of him, his fellow POWs were given the gift of strength and hope.

It is appropriate that his last words were of the Macchabe sons, who died because of faith. We understand that message all too well because too many of our sons, our brothers, fathers, grandfathers and friends have also made the ultimate sacrifice while serving a greater good.

The lesson that Father Kapaun leaves us with is that no matter what adversity we face, whatever the enemy, be it an outside force or our own internal failings and fears... our love of our fellow man, our families and friends, our faith in ourselves and a higher power will give us the strength and hope we need to continue the job we have set out to accomplish.

We have faith that we are on the right path, to bring our nation's sons and daughters home. We have hope, that whatever it takes, however long it takes, we will accomplish that task regardless of the obstacles in our path.

May God Bless our Prisoners of War and Missing in Action, our Armed Forces and America. May He Grant Peace, Comfort and Strength to All Families. May He Grant Perseverance to All of Us Who Wait For Answers.

Thank you.

NEWS - Korea Times - October 26, 2005

Ten South Korean prisoners of war (POWs) captured during the Korean War and 11 people abducted by North Korea after the war have been confirmed to be alive in the North, a senior official at the Unification Ministry said Tuesday.South and North Korea have exchanged information on the lives and whereabouts of selected separated family members on the occasion of cross-border family reunion sessions, of which 11 rounds have been held since 2000. The first round was held shortly after the inter-Korean summit in June 2000.

Come Take Us Home

We did our jobs, and we did them well
and because of fate, were in this Hell!

Were POWs and MIAs
Still living with hopestill counting the days.

Were out of sight, and out of mind
Almost forgottenby all mankind.

But there are those, who seek to find
those of us, still left behind.

For we still trust, that well be found
and then be freed, and homeward bound.

We dont know how, that will be done
But we believe, that day will come!

The war goes on, for us that wait
another dayanother date.

And those we love so far away
Are in our hearts, each passing day.

We pray to God for our release
So we can have some lasting peace.

Were POWs and MIAs
Come take us home why not today?

By Bob Beskar 11-22-2004
Vietnam Veteran

NEWS - Memorial Service for 1st Lt. Thomas C. Lafferty USAF
Written by Jerri M. Roling,
On Behalf of Lindia Lafferty VanderLas sister, next-of-kin
On the most beautiful crisp day of October 27, 2005, family, friends and distinguished guests gathered at Arlington Cemetery to pay tribute to the honor, service and sacrifice of 1st Lt. Thomas C. Lafferty, USAF 1/31/52.

In September of 1993 my mother, Lindia VanderLas was reading her morning paper and came across a list of 31 Air Force pilots that were forced down over North Korea and taken to Russia for interrogation. Her brother's name was on that list and we started that very day looking for answers. Now, some thirteen years later, we are still searching for the truth, and will continue until we get the answers we so desperately need. We did feel, however, that after 53 years Tommy deserved a memorial to honor his accomplishments and life.

By Irene L. Mandra

I wish to thank Lindia VanderLas for inviting me to this spectacular service in memory of her brother. The Air Force certainly takes your breath away with their pomp and circumstance. The service was beautiful, and for those of you who have never seen a ceremony at Arlington, it was heart filled. This was my first memorial service that I attended at Arlington; its an experience that I shall never forget. Thank You Jerri for sending this piece with our fellow Korea/Cold War families.

The American Battle Monuments Commission has created an interactive database that includes WW I, WW II and Korean War Unaccounted-For Personnel.

The ABMC primarily is responsible for creating and maintaining permanent American cemeteries on foreign soil and was established at the request of General John Pershing, 6th April 1917.

For Korean War familes, the Korean War Honor Roll includes a brief bio of loss incident, honors and awards and a photograph. The full-color certificiate is created digitally, online, and is suitable for printing and framing. There is no fee, it is a courtesy service.

We encourage our members to visit :

NEWS - 542 S Korean POWs Still in North
Seoul says 542 South Korean POWs still captive in North

Seoul, 23 September: A total of 542 South Korean prisoners of war (POWs) are still captive in North Korea, more than 50 years after the Korean War ended in a fragile armistice, a government report said Friday [23 September].

In a report to parliament, the Defence Ministry also said 758 South Korean POWs have already died in the North and 223 others remained missing.

The report said 58 POWs have fled the North and returned to the South since 1994. As recently as August, four South Korean POWs, now all in their 70s, arrived in the South via China.

North Korea has denied holding any South Korean POWs.

The two Koreas are still technically in a state of war, as the armistice that ended the three-year Korean War was not converted into a peace treaty. (Yonhap news agency, Seoul)

NEWS - POW-MIA Recovery Efforts Still On Hold
- 24 September, 2005
US official questions China's military buildup

The pace and scope of China's military buildup raise questions about the government's intentions toward its neighbors, says Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's new top policy adviser.

EDIT: A career diplomat who specialized in Soviet and East European affairs, Edelman said he was in Turkey, where he was US ambassador, when Rumsfeld called him last spring to ask if he would take the Pentagon job. He said he had been contemplating retirement until that moment but decided to accept after talking with Rumsfeld. Before going to Turkey he was a national security assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney from February 2001 to June 2003.

One of the issues he faces in his new assignment is the future of US cooperation with North Korea on recovering the remains of US servicemen who died there during the 1950-53 Korean War. To the regret of some veterans groups, the administration halted that last May, contending the North Koreans had created an unsafe environment.

Edelman said it was not clear whether the administration would try to restore that program.

NEWS - Henry Cloe's last letter to his family covered seven pages and was dated Oct. 30, 1950.
He was declared missing in action four days later.

The letter opened, "Dear Mother and Dad," and described the recent activity of the 7th Marines. Cloe's unit was headed north into enemy territory and ended up at the battle for the Chosin Reservoir. The Marines were in Korea during the coldest winter on record, when temperatures of 20 to 30 below zero were common. Here are some excerpts from Cloe's letter:

"We are living in warehouses here awaiting something no one knows. "Our objective is a reservoir and a hydroelectric plant 90 miles north of here. There are over 10,000 Reds [Chinese soldiers] in the territory that the 7th Marines are supposed to take. We are farther north in Korea than any Americans have been yet and it's really cold, my feet have been cold for days, you know how miserable you can be when your feet are cold."I sure hope we will be issued boots because my feet have been cold ever since I have been up here. I am afraid I'll get trench foot or frozen feet. It's very easy to get in this type of weather. I sure would like to get out of Korea before the worst part of winter comes."I try to write everybody but we only get four sheets of paper and an envelope a week and there is very little time to write. Please write often. "Lots of love, Henry"

NEWS - Seeking POW Probe
Canterbury man seeks POW probe

By ADAM BOWLES Norwich Bulletin
A documentary on American POWs that features the missing brother of a Canterbury man will be distributed to every member of Congress, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, announced Friday.

Paul wants support of a House bill that would create a select committee to investigate unresolved cases of prisoners of war and individuals listed as missing in action.

But the distribution of the film, "Missing, Presumed Dead: The Search for America's POWS," may also boost Robert Dumas' personal search.

"One cannot make a slave of a free person, for a free person is free even in a prison."

NEWS - Missing But Not Forgotten
05 November, 2005
Niece organizes military memorial service for soldier who went MIA 54 years ago
By JOE SIMNACHER / The Dallas Morning News
The idea came to Kathy Jones-Anderson as she prepared for an upcoming family reunion.

Pfc. Leroy Milton Johnson, the uncle the Mesquite woman never knew, the one who went missing in action 54 years ago in Korea, deserved a special honor. On Friday, relatives from Texas, Louisiana and Colorado gathered to carry out Ms. Jones-Anderson's plan for Pfc. Johnson a military memorial service at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

NEWS - A mission of closure for MIA's relatives:
Briefing outlines latest efforts to find remains

Jose Luis Jimenez, STAFF WRITER
Edward Rose was an older brother and a parent to Ronald Rose. When their mother died giving birth to the younger Rose, the oldest son helped his newly widowed father raise his siblings. The brothers from Missouri joined the Army and were shipped to Asia after World War II. When the Korean War broke out in 1950, Ronald Rose's unit was one of the first on the ground. He wrote to his older brother, an ordnance specialist, that the war was not going well. Shortly thereafter, Sgt. Edward Rose landed on the peninsula with the tanks of the 25th Infantry Division, which helped push the North Korean army north toward China.

Unfortunately, Edward Rose, 24, never returned. His tank was destroyed during the retreat of U.S. forces when the Chinese army crossed into North Korea. Yesterday, his brother spent the day at a Department of Defense briefing on the latest efforts to recover the remains of the tens of thousands of servicemen still listed as missing in action.

Korea - Cold War Families of the Missing Wishes Everyone a Happy, Healthy and Blessed Holiday Season.

A Closing Thought:

Perhaps they are not stars in the sky,
but rather openings
where our loved ones shine down
to let us know they are happy.

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