National Alliance of Families

National Alliance of Families

for the Return of America's Missing Servicemen

World War II - Korea - Cold War - Vietnam - Gulf Wars

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CALL TO ACTION

H.Res. 111 ?To establish, in the House of Representatives a Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. Introduced January 30, 2007 by Congressman Peter King (R-NY), H.Res 111 calls for a select committee to "conduct a full investigation of all unresolved matters relating to any United States personnel unaccounted for from the Vietnam era, the Korean conflict, World War II, Cold War Missions, or Gulf War, including MIA's and POW's."

The Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs concluded in 1993 that; "There is evidence, moreover, that indicates the possibility of survival, at least for a small number, after Operation Homecoming...."

Isnít it time we find out what happened to that "small number" and address the "unresolved matters" relating to our POW/MIAs

Since the last congressional hearings were held in 1996, much new information has surfaced regarding the mis-handling and suppression of POW/MIA information. A former analyst with the Defense POW/MIA Office, provided this information along with many other disturbing details requiring Congressional attention. Specifically, he detailed a report referred to, in house, as the "185 Report," This report discussed the possibility that as many as 185 American POWs were alive as late as 1976. During the same time frame the Joint Casualty Resolution Center (JCRC)concluded their own study. They found the possibility existed that as many as 57 American servicemen might be alive.

In March 2006, memos written by a former Defense Intelligence analyst while serving as an investigator with the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs were discovered. These memos detailed the Vietnamese admission that some 19 servicemen listed as died while missing were in fact captured. These servicemen survived in captivity for varying lengths of time, one by Vietnamese admission survived three years. The committee never addressed this matter. In an interesting side note, 10 of the nineteen servicemen Vietnamese official acknowledged "survived into captivity" are among the 57 our own (JCRC)concluded might still be alive.

In February of 2005, the Joint Commission Support Directorate, the investigative arm of the U.S./Russian Joint POW/MIA Commission concluded; "Americans, including American servicemen, were imprisoned in the Soviet Union." This is but the tip of the iceberg, requiring congressional attention. It is time to address the volumes of new information available on POW/MIA matters from World War II, Korea, Cold War, Vietnam and the Gulf.

Co-Sponsors Are Needed For H.Res 111

We ask you all to contact your congressional representatives and request that they co-sponsor H.Res 111. We've posted a list of all 435 congressional representatives on our web site, along their phone and fax numbers. You can even email your Congressional Representative directly from the site. There is a sample letter. Use it, as is, alter it to make it more personal, or write your own letter.

It's time for Congress to take another look at the POW/MIA issue.

Make sure you contact your congressional representative,

asking them to co-sponsor H.Res 111.

 

The Top Seven Reasons We Need H. Res 111

1. The Gulag Study 5th Edition issued Feb. 11, 2005 - compiled by the Joint Commission Support Directorate (JCSD), the investigative arm of the U.S/Russian Joint Commission on POW/MIAs, concluded; "Americans, including American servicemen, were imprisoned in the former Soviet Union...."

2. The Tourison Memos - "My review of JCRC casualty files has surfaced several messages which list a total of nine American servicemen Vietnam has acknowledged were captured alive, all of whom are listed by DOD as having been declared dead while missing.... This information has come from Vietnamese officials a piece at a time over the past two years." Another memo states: "My review of POW/MIA case files disclosed DIA/JTFFA message traffic referring to individuals DOD now has information survived into captivity." Thirteen cases are cited representing 19 servicemen.

These memos were written by former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst Sedgwick Tourison, during his tenure as an investigator with the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. Whatever the reason, this information was not made public during the life of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs.

3. Failure to Investigate the "185 Report" - In 1993, the Defense POW/MIA Office (DPMO) received a report that 185 American POWs had been held in Southeast Asia after 1973, possibly as late as 1976. The report was recognized as possibly credible.

During the mid-l 990's a Russian geologist was interviewed and reported that he was told in 1976 by Vietnamese counterparts that the Vietnamese Government at that time was holding live American POWs. Neither report has been properly investigated.

4. Failure to Authorize Live Sighting Investigations and the attempt to limit Stony Beach activity. Reports of live POWs in Southeast Asia are not investigated.

5. Failure to Properly Investigate Reports of POWs in North Korea - A Background Paper prepared, in 1996, by I.O. Lee, analyst Defense POW/MIA Office (DPMO) stated: "There are too many live sighting reports, specifically observations of several Caucasians in a collective farm by Romanians and the North Korean defectors' eyewitness of Americans in DPRK to dismiss that there are no American POW's in North Korea."

6. Failure to Properly Investigate the case of Capt. Michael Scott Speicher - A well placed source provided the following information to the National Alliance of Families in the summer of 2003; "The one source that claimed to have been held with Speicher and fed him on a daily basis stated they had been held for 10 years in the underground prison; that individual was released and left Iraq. The individual that reported feeding the pilot was talking to an individual outside Iraq when he made the claim, and the U.S. side never interviewed him.... Don't be misled by those who would pooh pooh the Speicher reporting."

7. Failure to follow-up on the Conclusions and Recommendations of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, January 1993 - " There is evidence, moreover, that indicates the possibility of survival, at least for a small number, after Operation Homecoming...." Isnít it time we ask the next question..... what happened to that "small number?"

 

Why We Need H. Res 111

What the Documents Have to Say:

1. Report from the Escape and Evasion Section of the 6004th Air Intelligence Service Squadron, Oct. 19. 1955 - "Ashley and four crew members, (Turner, Olsen, Shaddick, and Ishida) were known to be alive in Communist hands as of the close of the Korean conflict, Jul 53." What happened to these men?

2. Memo From John T. Berbrich, Defense Intelligence Agency dated 23, May 1973, to Commander Chuck Trowbridge - "Dr. Shields called on 21 May..... he viewed both situations as we did and that it appeared that he should not be adamant in denying that there are no U.S. PWs in SEA (Southeast Asia.) I agreed, adding that the Cambodian situation is also less than clear and conclusive."

3. "I am not certain that we have fully clarified everything. I know that quite a few documents were destroyed. However, one document, probably sensational, is still in storage. I have a copy of it. It's content is as follows: at the end of the 1960s the KGB (external foreign intelligence) was given the task of "delivering informed Americans to the USSR for intelligence gathering purposes." General Dmitri Volkogonov, Chairman Russian side of the U.S./Russian Joint Commission on POW/MIAs. Would General Volkogonov made such a statement without.... evidence?

4. Testimony of Avraham Shifrin before the Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws, Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate, February 1, 1973 - "First I must ask you to excuse my English, because I cannot speak like you. I learned my English in concentration camps and my first teachers were kidnaped American officers."

5. Dispatch No. 947 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic from American Embassy Moscow April 5, 1954 (note: on the document April is crossed out and May is handwritten in) - "The United States Government has recently received reports which support earlier indications that

American prisoners of war who had seen action in Korea have been transported to the Union of Soviet

Socialist Republics and that they are now in Soviet custody."

6. Joint Casualty Resolution Center Message Traffic 282114Z Jan 92 - "The fact is an anthropologist with many years of experience rendered a professional opinion that based on the condition of Lt. Mc Kinnieís (sic) remains, he was alive subsequent to Operation Homecoming...."

7. "As of now, I can come to no other conclusion,." Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director James Schlesinger before the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, when asked directly if the United States left men behind in Southeast Asia.

This information may be accessed from our website. Follow the links.

Text of H.Res 111 visit

www.natinonalalliance.org/legis/hres111.htm

Contact List for Congressional Representatives

www.nationalalliance.org/legis/110congress.htm

Sample Letter

www.nationalalliance.org/legis/sample.htm

Seven Reasons We Need H.Res 111

www.nationalalliance.org/legis/reason.pdf

Documents Supporting the Case for H.Res 111

www.nationalalliance.org/legis.documents.pdf

 

Sample Letter

 

Dear Representative

Please co-sponsor H.Res. 111, introduced by Congressman Peter King of New York. H.Res. 111 calls for the formation of a Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. According to the legislation; "The select committee shall conduct a full investigation of all unresolved matters relating to any United States personnel unaccounted for from the Vietnam era, the Korean conflict, World War II, Cold War Missions, or Gulf War, including MIA's and POW's."

We are aware of past investigations and hearings conducted in both the House and Senate. Those investigations left many unresolved matters.

Since the last congressional hearings were held in 1996, much new information has surfaced regarding the mis-handling and suppression of POW/MIA information. A former analyst with the Defense POW/MIA Office, provided this information along with many other disturbing details requiring Congressional attention. Specifically, he detailed a report referred to, in house, as the "185 Report," This report discussed the possibility that as many as 185 American POWs were alive as late as 1976. During the same time frame the Joint Casualty Resolution Center (JCRC)concluded their own study. They found the possibility existed that as many as 57 American servicemen might be alive.

In March 2006, memos written by a former Defense Intelligence analyst while serving as an investigator with the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs were discovered. These memos detailed the Vietnamese admission that some 19 servicemen listed as died while missing were in fact captured. These servicemen survived for varying lengths of time, one by Vietnamese admission survived three years. The committee never addressed this matter. In an interesting side note, 10 of the nineteen servicemen Vietnamese official acknowledged "survived into captivity" are among the 57 our own (JCRC)concluded might still be alive.

In February of 2005, the Joint Commission Support Directorate, the investigative arm of the U.S./Russian Joint POW/MIA Commission concluded; Americans, including American servicemen, were imprisoned in the Soviet Union."

This is but the tip of the iceberg, requiring congressional attention. It is time to address the volumes of new information available on POW/MIA matters from World War II, Korea, Cold War, Vietnam and the Gulf.

 

Please add your name as a co-sponsor for H.Res 111, as introduced by Congressman King.

Very truly yours,

 

 

 

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