than a half million Americans have been captured and interned as
prisoners of war (POW) since the American Revolution. Those
numbers include more than 142,000 Americans captured and interned
as POWs since World War I, and nearly 100 women.
came home, but many more remain missing.
National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day
Sept. 19, Americans honor the commitments and sacrifices made by the
nationís prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action.
country also honors the courage of their families and friends, who
live with the uncertainty of not knowing the fate of the missing.
World War II, nearly 88,000 men and women in uniform remain
unaccounted for. Almost 90 percent of those service-members served
during World War II.
the Promise' to air on McCoy TV-6
the Promise," a video about personnel accounting and
personnel recovery, will play on the TV-6 Bulletin Board from
Sept. 12-25 in recognition of National POW/MIA Recognition Day
POW/MIA Office (DPMO) and the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
work to keep the promise America has made to its military members and
their families that they will never leave a fallen comrade behind.
DMPO estimates 26,000-36,000 of those still missing are recoverable.
More than 1,300 servicemembers who have gone missing while serving in
World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War have
been identified since 1973.
October 2007, the remains of more than 70 servicemen have been
identified and returned to their families for burial, including WWII
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen missing for more than 60 years. Three
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Soldiers ó Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin,
Sgt. Alex Jimenez and Pfc. Byron Fouty ó also were returned home for
burial. Maupinís unit, the 724th Transportation Company demobilized
at Fort McCoy in 2005. Spc. Ahmed K. Altaie, an Iraqi-born translator
and Reserve Soldier who was abducted by gunmen in October 2006,
remains the only Soldier listed as missing in OIF
and the POW/MIA flag
first official commemoration honoring American POW/MIAs was July 18,
that year, resolutions were passed by Congress, and a national
ceremony was held at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
date varied between July and April until 1986, when the third Friday
in September was designated as a compromise date.
Sept. 19, 1986, the national ceremony was held on the steps on the
U.S. Capitol facing the Mall.
adopted by the National League of POW/MIA Families in 1971, the
POW/MIA flag was designated by Congress in 1990 as the symbol of the
nationís concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible
the fates of Americans still prisoner or missing.
the flag flies at National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremonies held
around the nation and the world, reminding America of its
responsibility to stand behind those who serve and to do everything
possible to account for those who do not return.
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