Skip to comments.Keating Reflects on POW/MIA Mission Ahead of Retirement
Posted on 07/23/2009 4:46:43 PM PDT by Dubya
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2009 Nearing the end of his 42-year career in the Navy, Adm. Timothy J. Keating today reflected on those who served alongside him, giving special emphasis to troops whose fates remain unknown.
Keating, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, addressed the National League of POW/MIA Families, a group that strives to account for the more than 1,750 veterans of Vietnam and other wars still missing.
Were going to do whatever it takes, with appropriate support, to have you reach some sort of conclusion in your minds and in your hearts as to where your loved one is, he said at the groups 40th anniversary annual meeting. Were not going to rest.
For the 90 days until his retirement from active duty, Keating is slated to remain at the helm of the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii, which also serves as headquarters of a task force responsible for POW/MIA accounting.
Keating told the audience that the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command does everything in its power to provide accountability.
We want to be able to do that last muster, he said. If not present, then accounted for. Nothings more important to us.
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I was stunned to see the count from WWII. How on earth was that number so high, as compared with the other wars?