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  • Jim Thompson POW and Legendary Badass

    07/21/2009 5:24:11 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 3 replies · 580+ views ^ | July 21, 2009 | Son Tran
    #5 Jim Thompson POW and Legendary Badass Who was he? Jim was just a store clerk, until he decided he could probably impress more girls by telling them he was a Green Beret, which he became. How He Stared Down Death: During the Vietnam War, Jim was captured and held as a prisoner of war, at which time he was beaten and tortured. The time we're speaking of by the way was a period of nine years, giving him a pretty bittersweet record for being held as a POW.
  • Trying to find a source, The amount of people freed by the US Military.

    07/20/2009 7:49:37 PM PDT · by tricky_k_1972 · 9 replies · 496+ views
    7/20/09 | vanity
    I'm trying to find a source that lists the amounts of people freed by the US military in its various wars and conflicts for a speech; if anyone can point me to one I'd appreciate it, Thank You.
  • Gates: U.S. ‘Sparing No Effort’ To Locate Missing Soldier

    07/20/2009 4:46:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 754+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 20, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said American commanders are “sparing no effort” to locate a U.S. soldier who went missing early this month in Afghanistan. Speaking to reporters today during a Pentagon news conference, Gates also expressed his disgust at the exploitation of Army Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, who the Defense Department identified as the missing soldier and who is featured in a video apparently released yesterday on the Internet by his captors. “Our commanders are sparing no effort to find this young soldier, and I also would say that my personal reaction was one...
  • Pentagon Identifies U.S. Soldier Held Captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan - Video 7/19/09

    07/19/2009 3:09:38 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 7 replies · 502+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 19, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is a video report on the Pentagon's announcement confirming the identity of the U.S. Soldier captured and being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan who appeared in a video released last night. The soldier is identified as Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl of Ketchum, Idaho. He was captured on June 30 this report says, after wandering away from his base without his weapon or his body armor. In the tape released, Bergdahl says he is scared he won't be able to return home, and after being prompted by a captor off camera, he appeals to Americans to bring all the troops...
  • Taliban threatens to kill U.S. soldier held hostage in Afghanistan

    07/16/2009 7:45:30 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 26 replies · 1,517+ views
    DailyMail UK ^ | July 16, 2009
    A Taliban commander in southeastern Afghanistan today said that a captured U.S. soldier was being held unharmed by insurgents, but warned he would be killed if efforts were made to find him. The soldier has been missing in Paktika province since late June, just before thousands of U.S. Marines began a major new offensive. The U.S. military has said he was presumed captured. Taliban commander Mawlavi Sangin said the group's leadership would decide the soldier's fate, but accused U.S. soldiers of harassing and arresting Afghans in Paktika and neighbouring Ghazni province. 'They have put pressure on the people in these...
  • Obama to probe response to mass killings (POTUS Accusing Advisors/Troops of Murder?)

    07/13/2009 8:18:41 AM PDT · by xzins · 70 replies · 4,940+ views
    UPI ^ | 13 Jul 09
    ACCRA, Ghana, July 12 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama said he has ordered a probe of the U.S. response to mass killings of Taliban prisoners of war by forces of an American-backed warlord. In an interview with CNN, Obama said the investigation would focus on reports the Bush administration resisted calls for a probe into the deaths of as many as 2,000 Taliban POWs in 2001, during the early days of the war in Afghanistan. "The indications that this had not been properly investigated just recently was brought to my attention," Obama said during his visit to Ghana. "So what...
  • US, Russia agree to revive POW commission: White House

    07/06/2009 11:28:47 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 2 replies · 394+ views
    MOSCOW: The United States and Russia on Monday agreed to revive a joint commission that investigates the fate of prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action, the White House said. In an exchange of diplomatic notes, Washington and Moscow agreed a framework for the US-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs, the White House said in a statement as President Barack Obama arrived for a summit in Moscow. "This exchange restores in full the important work of the Joint Commission and demonstrates the unwavering commitment both our countries have toward our servicemen and women," it said. It was not immediately clear...
  • Former POW to take in city’s July 4th parade - Lost Battalion Staff Sergeant Dan Buzzo

    07/05/2009 11:10:30 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 5 replies · 1,542+ views
    The Gazette-Enterprise ^ | July 3, 2009 | Ron Maloney
    SEGUIN — For some of us, Independence Day is more important than for others. But back in 1942, it all nearly came to naught for the forward observer with the first Texas military unit to ever see combat on foreign soil. One of the very first to see action in World War II and the most decorated military unit in the history of the Lone Star state, Buzzo’s unit, the second battalion of the 131st Field Artillery, was surrendered and captured at Java on March 8, 1942. Of some 900 men taken prisoner at Java, about 670 were shipped to...
  • Mystery of the missing hell ship

    06/19/2009 4:01:42 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies · 1,073+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 20th June 2009 | Mark Day
    WHEN Kim Beazley slipped his feet under the desk as Australia's defence minister in 1984, he took charge of a vast department with a multibillion-dollar budget and gained access to the nation's most valuable military secrets. But even from his position at the apex of Australia's military machine he was unable to find a definitive answer to one of his family's most enduring mysteries: what happened to Uncle Syd. Now, a quarter of a century on, Beazley has put his influence behind a campaign to demand answers to questions surrounding one of the nation's most tragic wartime episodes, the sinking...
  • Captivity in Print. Round-up of POW literature.

    06/13/2009 8:13:48 AM PDT · by Tessarie · 4 replies · 258+ views
    Jules Crittenden Blog | June 13 | Crittenden
    Captivity In Print “Tears In The Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath,” by Michael and Elizabeth Norman, is the story of GI/POW artist Ben Steele, a survivor now 91 years old and a professor of art emeritus, illustrated with his recreated sketches from Japanese prison camps, the originals having been lost in the war. Extensively reviewed at the Moderate Voice. An author “op-art” at The New York Times, Memorial of the Mind. Washington Times editorial, Remembering Bataan, Americans Who Know What Torture Really Is. More of the art here. An interview with Steele and more...
  • Miranda, Terrorists and Lawyers ( It'll put a smile on your face... )

    06/13/2009 7:52:50 AM PDT · by kellynla · 11 replies · 862+ views ^ | June 12, 2009 | Rich Galen
    Oh. Before we begin today's "Bashing Barack," remember that on Wednesday I invited you to create your own Catchy Caption to the photo of Michelle Obama and France's First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. I am sad to report that an overwhelming number had the "B" word involved and, therefore, cannot be repeated here. The best usable caption was: "I'm just glad she's not looking at me." On to the really amusing stuff: An article in the Weekly Standard maintains that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is being given a broader role in interrogating prisoners taken during raids on terrorist dens in...
  • Rolling Thunder Not Expecting Obama Greeting

    05/21/2009 8:31:28 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies · 1,559+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 21st 2009
    Rolling Thunder not expecting Obama greeting By Jennifer Harper Friday, May 22, 2009 The last time Rolling Thunder roared into Washington, the president welcomed the riders in the White House driveway with a smile on his face and heartfelt personal greeting. This year, maybe not. "We initially got a call this year saying the president wasn't going to greet us," said Artie Muller, founder of the group that is marking its 22nd annual patriotic motorcycle ride through Washington to draw attention to policy issues influencing veterans, active-duty military, prisoners of war and those still missing in action. But a second...
  • Designer of POW MIA Flag, Newt Heisley, Dead at 88

    05/17/2009 2:39:45 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 17 replies · 726+ views
    Fox News/AP ^ | May 17, 2009 | staff reporter
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Newt Heisley, the designer of the POW/MIA flag adopted by Congress in 1990 as a symbol of the nation's concern for those missing during military actions in Southeast Asia, died. He was 88. [snip]
  • Soldier Missing In Action From Korean War Is Identified

    04/17/2009 8:50:05 AM PDT · by Stonewall Jackson · 29 replies · 946+ views
    US Department of Defense ^ | April 16, 2009 | Staff
    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. He is Pfc. David Woodruff, U.S. Army, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. He will be buried on April 22 in St. Louis, Mo. Representatives from the Army’s Mortuary Office met with Woodruff’s next-of-kin to explain the recovery and identification process on behalf of the Secretary of the Army. Woodruff was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 9th Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. In...
  • ‘Our Father’

    04/11/2009 6:52:53 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 11 replies · 571+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 04.11.09 | Leo Thorsness
    Sunday morning at the Hanoi Hilton was church time. To gather our “congregation,” the Senior Ranking Officer (SRO) tapped “cc,” quietly on his wall. Each cell in turn tapped “cc,” and soon all have been alerted to Church Call. The service was a prayer and a reciting of Bible verses. If I was lucky, I was in a cell with one or two other POWs, and we could pool our knowledge of the Bible. A failed rescue attempt led to the most memorable of our church experiences. It happened on November 20, 1970, when U.S. Special Forces staged a mission...
  • AP: POW benefit claimants exceed recorded POWs

    04/11/2009 3:58:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 900+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/11/09 | Allen G. Breed - ap
    Prisoners of war suffer in ways most veterans don't, enduring humiliating forced marches, torture or other trauma that may haunt them long afterward. In partial recompense, the government extends them special benefits, from free parking and tax breaks to priority in medical treatment. Trouble is, some of the much-admired recipients of these benefits apparently don't deserve them. There are only 21 surviving POWs from the first Gulf War in 1991, the Department of Defense says. Yet the Department of Veterans Affairs is paying disability benefits to 286 service members it says were taken prisoner during that conflict, according to data...
  • This Day In WWII History April 10, 1942 Bataan Death March begins

    April 10, 1942 Bataan Death March begins The day after the surrender of the main Philippine island of Luzon to the Japanese, the 75,000 Filipino and American troops captured on the Bataan Peninsula begin a forced march to a prison camp near Cabanatuan. During this infamous trek, known as the "Bataan Death March," the prisoners were forced to march 85 miles in six days, with only one meal of rice during the entire journey. By the end of the march, which was punctuated with atrocities committed by the Japanese guards, hundreds of Americans and many more Filipinos had died. The...
  • Governor Orders POW/MIA Flags Flown for Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day

    04/09/2009 11:44:58 AM PDT · by euram · 8 replies · 552+ views
    April 9, 2009, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today signed a proclamation declaring April 9, 2009, as Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day. The governor has ordered POW/MIA flags to be flown in honor and memory of American men and women who have placed themselves in harm’s way and faced the horrors of combat. “The price paid by POW/MIA soldiers in defense of liberty is worthy of our highest gratitude and most solemn remembrance,” Governor Palin said. “On this day and always, they are in our thoughts and prayers. We will never forget them or their service.” Governor Palin,...
  • Bataan Memorial Death March Honors World War II Soldiers

    04/02/2009 3:10:11 PM PDT · by Dubya · 90 replies · 4,434+ views
    LAS CRUCES, N.M., April 2, 2009 – The resounding boom of cannon fire broke the sound of thousands of participants talking as they waited in anticipation March 29 for the start of the 2009 Bataan Memorial Death March. This year, the 26.2-mile event at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., included more than 5,300 participants from 50 states and eight countries, including the Philippines, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom. While individuals marched for their own reasons, they all came together for the same purpose: to honor the soldiers, who were part of the Bataan Death March during World War II....
  • Book Review: Surviving Hell: A POW's Journey

    03/18/2009 3:31:24 PM PDT · by history_48 · 5 replies · 628+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | March 18, 2009 | Gina L. Diorio
    by Gina L. DiorioNot long ago, I was walking through a large chain bookstore when a book displayed at the end of an aisle caught my eye. I reached over and picked it up – Surviving Hell: A POW’s Journey by Leo Thorsness (Encounter Books, 2008, 132 pages). After flipping through the pages for a few seconds, I replaced the volume on its appointed ledge, not because I was uninterested. Far from it. Rather, I replaced the book because I had just finished reading my own copy not long before. Why, then, did I pick it up in the store...