Theodore's World: POW/MIA Recognition Day

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September 19, 2008

POW/MIA Recognition Day

Please remember our countries POW/MIA everyday and today as we pay special recognition to POW/MIA Recognition Day. We must never forget them and we never will !

The above poster says:

In these gardens are recorded the names of Americans who gave their lives in the service of their country, and whose earthly resting place is known only to God.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

National POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremonies are now held throughout the nation and around the world on military installations, ships at sea, schools, churches and fire stations. The focus is to ensure that America remembers its responsibility to stand behind those who serve our nation and do everything possible to account for those who do not return.

2008 POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY AND POSTER: This year's POW/MIA Recognition Day is scheduled for Sept. 19, the third Friday of the month. This is the traditional day of the month for that observance each year.

It's time for all Americans to stand up and fight for those who fought so hard for us. Please do research . . . google POW/MIAs and read about these men, the government's failure to follow up on LIVE sightings, the coverup of historical documents AND testimony, the families who have fought so hard to bring their loved ones home and so much more. If you don't get angry . . . you aren't paying attention.

Please help us BRING THEM ALL HOME! If you love our men and women in uniform, if you care about them and their families, please become active in holding our government accountable .

Music performed by KENNY THOMAS, (3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Somalia, Oct, 1993). The CD is "FLAG'S OF OUR FATHER'S...a soldiers story.

Please visit my POW/MIA page at my website. - Thank you, Wild Thing

Posted by Wild Thing at September 19, 2008 05:40 AM


Thank you WT, everyday!!!


UNACCOUNTED FOR (Bodies not identified/bodies not recovered) 8,176

Prisoner of War 2,045
Killed in Action 1,794
Missing in Action 4,245
Non-battle 92
Total: 8,176


POWs Returned to U.S. Control 4,418
POWs Who Died While Captured 2,806
POWs Who Refused Repatriation 21
Total: 7,245

Died While Missing (MIA) 4,759
Died While Captured (POW) 2,806

Missing in Action: 2,338.
POWs: 766 (114 died in captivity)

USS Stark Incident :: 1987
American Casualties: 34 hostile KIA, 1 MIA

Somalia - Operation Continue Hope/Task Force Ranger:: October 1993
American Casualties: 14 Hostile KIA, 29 Non-Hostile Deaths, 84 WIA, 6 POWs, 2 MIAs

Kosovo Crisis Air Strikes :: March through June 1999
American Casualties - Officially - 3 USA POWs as of 31 APR 99 - Released; Unknown number of fatalities

Attack On America :: September 11, 2001

Casualties -
est. 2,974 killed - of those est. 1,958 PFOD
est. 309 missing
est. 2,100+ injured
est. 30,000 rescued

Operation Enduring Freedom :: October 7, 2001 - Present
American Casualties :: 314 KIA & non-battle deaths (as of 25 JUL 2006)
POW :: 1 POW/KIA Neil Roberts

Operation Iraqi Freedom :: March 20, 2003 - Present

American Casualties - 2,561 KIA & non-battle deaths (as of 25 JUL 2006)

2 US Military - Speicher (1991 PGW) and Maupin (2004)
11 Civilians (as of June 20, 2006)

US Civilian Contractor Tim Bell DOI 09 APR 04, Abu Ghraib Region Iraq
REMAINS RECOVERED - US Civilian Contractor William Bradley DOI 09 APR 04, Abu Ghraib Region Iraq DOId JAN 05
CAPTURED - USAR SPC Keith Maupin, Filmed in Captivity, DOI 09 APR 04, Iraq
(Promoted in Absentia 01 MAY 04)
POW/DIC - USA PFC Kristian Menchaca DOI 19 JUN 06, Iraq - Remains Recovered
POW/DIC - USA PFC Thomas L. Tucker DOI 19 JUN 06, Iraq - Remains Recovered
7 POWs/Confirmed - All Recovered Alive
(Riley, Williams, Young, Miller, Johnson, Hudson and Hernandez) an Nasiriyah
1 DUSTWUN - Recovered Alive (Lynch)
USMC CPL Wassef Ali Hassoun DOI 20 JUN 04, Capture Status 01 JUL 04, Recovered Status 09 JUL 04 Fallujah, Iraq
28 Missing/Dustwun - All declared KIA/Remains Recovered; of which 1 (Walters) was posthumously awarded POW Medal for having Died in Captivity

Never forget!!! McCain this means you and your slimeball buddy Kerry.

Posted by: Jack at September 19, 2008 10:53 AM

Every day is POW/MIA day. Every day is Veterans Day and Memorial Day.

John McCain's actions as a POW were heroic. His action's as a Senator, with John Kerry, are despicable. They abandoned the effort to account for men known to be alive in enemy hands. Damn!!

Posted by: TomR at September 19, 2008 12:16 PM

Every day we need to remember our POW/MIA's and take a moment to pray for them. We need to find them and bring them home, they have given the ultimate sacrifice, as do all who serve, have served, and will serve in the future. Our freedoms, safety, and this awesome country we are priviliged to live in can only be due to all who selflessly serve her.

Posted by: Chrissie W. at September 19, 2008 02:08 PM

Yes, TomR is correct. "Every day is POW/MIA day."

Posted by: Les at September 19, 2008 02:12 PM

Jack thank you for the list, I appreciate it.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 19, 2008 05:18 PM

Tom, you said exactly how I feel.

"John McCain's actions as a POW were heroic. His action's as a Senator, with John Kerry, are despicable. They abandoned the effort to account for men known to be alive in enemy hands. Damn!!"

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 19, 2008 05:21 PM

Chrissie W. so glad to see you, thank you.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 19, 2008 05:24 PM

Les, I agree, I wish more of people would care about even today, but I have been around some of the blogs and can hardly find a mention of it.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 19, 2008 05:26 PM

Hi everyone, as usual I'm still the last one to post.
I've been to the National Cemetery of the Pacific several times and it is an awesome place to visit and pay your respects.
If you have a chance to come here to Oahu, I recommed you go.
Any questions about how to get there, please email me at my
That and Pearl Harbor of course.

Posted by: navycopjoe at September 20, 2008 12:28 AM