As your VFW National Staff Advisory, I welcome you as a member of the POW/MIA Committee for the 2004-2005 tenure. For your information I have included a list of the Chairman and Vice Chairmen of your committee. To be of further help to all members, visit our website at www.vfwdc.org and navigate to National Security and Foreign Affairs page than scroll down to the POW/MIA section to review the most current information.
The philosophy for such VFW emphasis and interest on this committee’s mission is based on the well known fact that no loss is as painful to a family as that of a loved one who honored our nation’s call to arms, served faithfully and honorably his or her country and never returned from a foreign battlefield. The effort to recover fallen comrades underscores the value Americans place on even a single human life. This is the nation’s commitment to the people of our great country, to the families of those fallen and who have not yet returned, and to service members who today sacrifice all in the defense of our nation.
Included are the POW/MIA Priority Goals for 2004-2005 and a summary to explain its importance.
Director, National Security and Foreign Affairs
POW/MIA Committee Roster
“Support Public Awareness Projects
“Assist Vietnam’s Recovery of their MIAs as a Sign of Good Faith”
“Support Former POW Slave Labor Claims Against Japanese Firms”
“A Full Accounting for Commander Speicher”
“Drape the Caskets of Fallen American Warriors with the Flag of the United States”
“No Time Restraints for POW/MIA Accounting”
To Establish a House Select Committee on POW and MIA Affairs”
How to Obtain Information on an American MIA
Explanation of Mitochondrial DNA (MtDNA) and Eligible Donors of MtDNA Samples
Family Update Schedule for 2005 (DPMO)
National POW/MIA Committee Roster 2004-2005
Henry P. Applegate
305 Lakeside Park Drive
Hendersonville, TN 37075-3608
Robert W. Madigan
8B Riverside Ave.
Hudson, NH 03051-4537
Wayne L. Paulson
1527 72nd Street SE
Minot, ND 58701-9333
Russell R. Rieke
3442 Pierland Drive.
Pocahontas, IL 62275-1524
Bobby R. Walls
23 Emrick Avenue
Newport News, VA 23601-2109
Fullest Possible Accounting of American MIAs
Pursuing the POW/MIA issues is difficult because the numbers of unaccounted-for personnel are large, the answers to questions about the missing are held by former enemies, and the length of time since our comrades have been lost is extensive.
Today approximately 78,000 Americans are still missing from World War II. Of this number an estimated 35,000 are deemed recoverable, with others lost forever at sea or entombed in sunken vessels. Another 8,100 missing from the Korean War, 1,800 missing from the Vietnam War, 120 missing from the Cold War and one servicemember missing from the Gulf War.
This means there are more than 88,000 Americans who remain unaccounted-for from all conflicts. Department of Defense currently has nearly 600 employees working around the world to address this MIA problem.
Maintain a Strong and Effective
Joint POW/MIA Accounting Commander (JPAC)
The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) is located on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Their mission is to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all Americans missing as a result of our nation’s previous conflicts. Their highest priority is the return of any living Americans that remain prisoners of war.
Approximately 425 persons are assigned to this command, which is organized into the following five functional areas: analysis, negotiations, investigations, recovery and identifications.
Today on average, JPAC identifies about two American MIAs each week. They rely primarily on the medical analysis of mitochondrial DNA (MtDNA) which is matched from the maternal bloodline of the MIA. You will find more information and chart on pages 13 and 14.
Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
Attn: Public Affairs Office
3110 Worchester Ave., Bldg.45
Hickam, AFB, HI 96853-5530
Phone: (808) 448-1934 Fax: (808) 449-1998
JPAC is on the internet at http://www.jpac.pacom.mil
USAF Missing Persons
Department of the Army (800) 892-2490
U.S. Army Human
Headquarters U. S.
Department of the Navy (800) 443-9298
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