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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
    cracked.com ^ | 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
    cnsnews.com ^ | 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...
  • Long missing Gulf War pilot Scott Speicher gone - but not forgotten

    03/11/2009 12:28:24 PM PDT · by lakeprincess · 8 replies · 840+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/11/09 | Jennifer Harper
    He disappeared 18 years ago on the first night of the Gulf War. The Navy has changed his status from KIA to MIA four times. Family - and Navy stalwarts - haven't forgotten him or let up on their efforts to find out what happened to the fighter pilot, and father of two.
  • Buchenwald POW, WWII fighter pilot, recieves Distinguished Flying Cross

    01/27/2009 3:54:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 2 replies · 523+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | January 27, 2009 | Mike Barber
    Lest anyone doubt the significance that veterans and the armed forces place upon the medals they earn, for the second time in as many weeks a local veteran will receive recognition for bravery in wars decades ago.This Thursday is 87-year-old Joseph Moser's turn. The Whatcom County resident will receive the Distinguished Flying Cross at McChord Air Force Base on Thursday for his actions 65 years ago over Germany. Joe Moser, 2008. Photo by Gabriel Rodriguez, courtesy of Gerald Baron. Moser, originally a farm kid from Ferndale, on July 30, 1944 – more than three weeks after the Normandy invasion...
  • His US sentence served, Noriega fights extradition

    01/07/2009 2:31:07 PM PST · by decimon · 10 replies · 846+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 7, 2009 | Curt Anderson
    As the only prisoner of war held on U.S. soil, inmate No. 38699-079 gets annual visits from the Red Cross and can wear his military uniform and insignia when he goes to court.
  • Pictured: The amazing tin can bomber made by British pilot in Great Escape POW camp

    01/07/2009 12:51:23 PM PST · by Stoat · 35 replies · 3,572+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | January 7, 2009 | David Wilkes
    Skillfully crafted from tin cans, matchsticks and off cuts, one can only imagine the satisfaction a prisoner of war derived from finishing this stunning model aircraft as he languished in Stalag Luft III. Constructed almost perfectly to scale, his detailed version of a Lancaster Bomber like the one he flew before his capture even bears what appears to be the skull and crossbones logo of RAF 100 Squadron, famous for its night-time raids.Little is known about its maker, other than that he was an airman named E Taylor.     The model was found during a clearance sale at house...
  • Americans in the gulag

    12/28/2008 5:09:05 AM PST · by Leisler · 27 replies · 1,692+ views
    Times On Line ^ | December 23, 2008 | Adam Hochschild
    The little-known story of US citizens trying to escape the Depression Mountainous Kolyma, only a few hundred miles west of the Bering Strait, is the coldest inhabited area on earth. During Stalin’s rule, some 2 million prisoners were sent there to mine the rich deposits of gold that lie beneath the rocky, frozen soil. In 1991, when researching a book about how Russians were coming to terms with the Stalin era, I travelled to the region to see some of the old camps of Kolyma, legendary as the most deadly part of the gulag, some of whose survivors I had...
  • McCain Shot Down By a Soviet?

    11/22/2008 7:56:00 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 579+ views
    New Zeal ^ | November 23, 2008 | Trevor Loudon
    Some interesting background on the first time McCain was shot down by a socialist. From Russian news agency Novosti MOSCOW, November 17 - An ex-Soviet officer who claims to have shot down U.S. Senator John McCain's plane over Vietnam in 1967 has said he is happy the ex-navy pilot lost his bid for the White House, a Russian paper said on Monday. McCain was shot down over Hanoi while on a bombing mission on October 26, 1967, and taken captive by the North Vietnamese. He spent five and a half years in a POW camp, and claims that he was...
  • SOLDIER MISSING IN ACTION FROM KOREAN WAR IS IDENTIFIED

    11/18/2008 8:22:39 PM PST · by Stonewall Jackson · 30 replies · 1,006+ views
    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 Cpl. Librado Luna, U.S. Army, of Taylor, Texas. He will be buried on Nov. 25 in Taylor. Representatives from the Army's Mortuary Office met with Luna’s next-of-kin to explain the recovery and identification process, and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary of the Army. In late November 1950, Luna was assigned to the 8th...
  • WW II vet held in Nazi slave camp breaks silence: 'Let it be known'

    11/11/2008 8:00:32 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 60 replies · 493+ views
    CNN ^ | 11/11/2008 | Wayne Drash, Thelma Gutierrez and Sara Weisfeldt
    LOMA LINDA, California (CNN) -- Anthony Acevedo thumbs through the worn, yellowed pages of his diary emblazoned with the words "A Wartime Log" on its cover. It's a catalog of deaths and atrocities he says were carried out on U.S. soldiers held by Nazis at a slave labor camp during World War II -- a largely forgotten legacy of the war. Anthony Acevedo served as a medic during World War II. He was captured and sent into a Nazi forced labor camp. 1 of 3 more photos » Acevedo pauses when he comes across a soldier with the last name...
  • This Man Should Be President

    10/26/2008 2:07:48 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 3 replies · 872+ views
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | October 26, 2008 | www.youtube.com
    This Man Should Be President
  • John McCain was never tortured in my jail’, says Tran Trong Duyet

    10/24/2008 10:06:32 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 55 replies · 1,978+ views
    The Times ^ | 10/25/2008 | Leo Lewis in Hanoi
    ~snip~ Where the accounts differ most starkly is in the period of Mr McCain’s long incarceration as a PoW – first at the prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, then at The Plantation. Tran Trong Duyet, the former prison director who now surrounds himself with caged birds in a house in Hai Phong, first met Mr McCain a year after he had been shot down. He recalls a defiant rule-breaker, the patriotic son of an admiral and a fervent believer in the war. What he does not recall, however, is a victim of torture or violence. “I never tortured or...
  • John McCain POW Footage Released (He was smoking)

    10/22/2008 7:43:12 PM PDT · by loreldan · 71 replies · 2,192+ views
    Sky News ^ | 10/22/2008 | STAFF
    The video portrays the Republican as a hero but the message may be tarnished as he is filmed smoking a cigarette. In the footage an emotional and shirtless McCain passes a message to his wife saying he will get well and loves her. He also describes being shot down over Hanoi in 1967, and parachuting into a lake. At times, when speaking of his family, McCain's lower lip trembles and his voice breaks. "I was on a flight over the city (Hanoi) ... and I was bombing and I was hit by a missile or anti-aircraft fire, I'm not sure...
  • This Single Video Can Win The Election For McCain

    10/22/2008 8:06:51 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 27 replies · 1,551+ views
    Allahpundit on Hot Air via The Patriot Room Blog ^ | October 22, 2008 | Allahpundit on Hot Air
    McCain in captivity in Vietnam. You haven't seen this. The campaign played a tiny portion in an ad, but you have not seen this tape. Watch it to the end. It is a show-stopper.
  • France has released entire John McCain POW video

    10/22/2008 2:11:52 PM PDT · by Unkosified · 11 replies · 2,031+ views
    A while back, France release a small snip of a video of John McCain taken while he was a POW. Now they've released the entire video. It's pretty long (and fascinating) but the McCain part starts a little over half way through.
  • McCain POW Interview Video Released

    10/22/2008 4:59:59 PM PDT · by WesA · 15 replies · 1,029+ views
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  • New Video released of POW- John McCain Prisoner of War

    10/22/2008 5:50:05 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 18 replies · 7,638+ views
    YouTube and Drudge ^ | 21 Oct 08 | Communist Thugs and the French
    VIDEO HERE
  • NOW ON THE AIR:live interview on WTIC with Vietnam POW who served with McCain in Hanoi Hilton

    10/20/2008 7:34:50 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 18 replies · 1,892+ views
    Jim Vicevich ^ | 10/20/08 | Jim Vicevuch
    Click on the link, then click on LISTEN NOW link to hear Marine pilot who was shot down 1 year before McCain http://www.wticam.com/
  • NEVER NEVER NEVER give up--I am optimistic (vanity)

    10/12/2008 9:49:37 AM PDT · by Mamzelle · 56 replies · 867+ views
    10/13/08 | Mamzelle
    I just added my donation, so I don't feel so guilty cluttering up the boards with yet another vanity. Go donate and write a vanity! Here's why I think we should ignore the polls and continue with our efforts to elect McPalin: 1) I think some of FR's gloom and doomers just might be shills. With the kind of crooked dough that Obama's amassing, ACORN, and Soros has bought in the past, it's not so far fetched that the #1 conservative site would get "seminar callers." That they have senior dates on their page doesn't mean they're not seminar callers--it...
  • Former POWs Now Eligible for Posthumous Purple Hearts

    10/08/2008 5:28:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 316+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2008 – A policy change to expand eligibility for the Purple Heart award to prisoners of war who died in captivity represents the right decision that recognizes their sacrifice, a senior defense official told American Forces Press Service. The Pentagon announced the new policy earlier this week that will extend criteria for receiving Purple Hearts to prisoners of war who have died in captivity since the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. “The Purple Heart is an award worn with great pride and recognizes that the servicemember has been wounded or killed as a...
  • Mishaps mark John McCain's record as naval aviator

    10/06/2008 1:21:38 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 111 replies · 2,751+ views
    LA Times ^ | October 6, 2008 | Ralph Vartabedian
    Mishaps mark John McCain's record as naval aviator By Ralph Vartabedian and Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers October 6, 2008 The 23-year-old junior lieutenant wasn't paying attention and erred in using "a power setting too low to maintain level flight in a turn," investigators concluded. As a presidential candidate, McCain has cited his military service -- particularly his 5 1/2 years as a POW. But he has been less forthcoming about his mistakes in the cockpit. The Times interviewed men who served with McCain and located once-confidential 1960s-era accident reports and formerly classified evaluations of his squadrons...
  • Statement By John McCain on National POW/MIA Recognition Day

    09/19/2008 1:15:38 PM PDT · by flyfree · 4 replies · 229+ views
    ARLINGTON, VA -- Today, U.S. Senator John McCain issued the following statement on National POW/MIA Recognition Day: "Today, we mark National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and I salute my comrades who served their country in unusual circumstances, and remember those who never returned. "During my time in Hanoi, I was witness to a thousand acts of kindness, courage, and love by some of the finest Americans I've ever had the privilege to know. They, like thousands of others before and since, served our nation proudly and with honor. They would all agree, though, that the real heroes are those who never...
  • POW/MIA Recognition Day Announced

    09/18/2008 7:21:24 PM PDT · by Dubya · 18 replies · 633+ views
    DOD ^ | 9/18/2008 | DOD
    Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James E. Cartwright, U.S. Marine Corps, will host the Pentagon ceremony for National POW/MIA Recognition Day at the River Entrance Parade Field on Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, at 11 a.m. EDT. Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Congressman Ike Skelton will be the guest speaker. Observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans' facilities. This observance is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the...
  • Vanity: McCain "Broke" When a POW

    09/18/2008 12:35:02 PM PDT · by llevrok · 132 replies · 408+ views
    Me | 9/17/08
    Please help me track something down I find despicable.Today I heard Rush say that an Obama supporter is calling John McCain "unfit" to lead because he "broke" when a POW. By "broke", that is - he gave confidential information to his captors or admitted his "guilt" as a war terrorist.I've read many books on the POW's in captivity both during Vietnam, Korea and WW2. Most - if not all - "break" under torture at some point usually later than sooner. And all who come home carry this huge feeling of guilt for letting their fellow POW's, service, country and family...
  • Step Forward... Go Home.. (Flashback 1973)

    09/18/2008 1:37:41 PM PDT · by mnehring · 1 replies · 86+ views
    POWs Heed Captor's Last Order. 'Step Forward...Go Home' HANOI- The North Vietnamese officer called out each group of American Prisoners arriving at Gia Lam Airport for their flight to freedom: "Step forward when your name is called and go home." One by one they obeyed, 107 U.S. fliers and one American civilian. They saluted or shook hands with American officers in Hanoi to pick them up and then walked into one of the three U.S. Air Force C141 transport planes that carried them to Clark Air Base in the Phillippines for the first stop on their way home. Only one...
  • A Prisoner’s Mind

    09/16/2008 5:49:38 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 5 replies · 195+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 13, 2008 | LEO THORSNESS
    The years in a brutal prison were equivalent to earning a Ph.D. in psychology. We saw that peace without freedom is empty. We gained a deep appreciation for justice and courage. We learned that survival depends on teamwork. We were colorblind — whites, blacks, Asians, we were all the same. We learned the value of always doing what is right regardless of consequence, as John did by refusing early release though he knew he would be tortured for it. A president who has been tested in this way can be counted on to make wise decisions.
  • Ex-POW Criticizes McCain in ‘Swift Boat’-Style Ad

    09/15/2008 6:16:08 PM PDT · by skully · 90 replies · 478+ views
    FOXNews ^ | September 15, 2008 | FOXNews.com
    A former Naval Academy midshipman who was imprisoned alongside John McCain is the narrator of a new television ad that bashes the Republican candidate by saying being a prisoner of war is not a good prerequisite for being president The ad, produced by Brave New PAC, a liberal political action committee affiliated with Brave New Films, shows Phillip Butler saying McCain was known as a “very volatile guy” and someone Butler would not like to see “with his finger near the red button.” Leighton Woodhouse, communications director for both Brave New Films and the PAC, said two days of national...
  • John McCain endorsed by his Vietnamese jailer

    09/15/2008 3:45:02 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 23 replies · 328+ views
    Telegraph ^ | September 15, 2008 | Thomas Bell
    John McCain has won an unusual endorsement for his presidential campaign - from the man who was his jailer in wartime Vietnam. John McCain was shot down and badly wounded while bombing a Hanoi power station on his 23rd mission over North Vietnam in 1967. He was a prisoner for over five years. Because Mr McCain's father was commander of all American forces in the Pacific theatre, the Vietnamese called him "the prince". Tran Trong Duyet, the commandant of Hao Lo prison in Hanoi from 1968-73, recalls Mr McCain "as a typical child of a traditional military family. He was...
  • DFA's shameless ad (Ugly Ad Attacking John McCain)

    09/14/2008 8:29:20 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 55 replies · 508+ views
    http://www.buzztracker.com ^ | September 14, 2008 | illinoisreview
    Sunday, September 14, 2008 DFA's shameless ad Have you seen this Democracy for America ad yet?  Can you imagine. . . betrayed by a fellow POW.  Shameless.   McCain: Unfit to Lead
  • Obama "Old Man" Ad Attacks McCain's War Disabilities

    09/12/2008 4:01:22 PM PDT · by PhatHead · 350 replies · 3,218+ views
    NRO - The Corner ^ | 12 September 2008 | Jonah Goldberg
    The Obama campaign is mocking John McCain for not using a computer. From the AP story about the computer illiterate ad: "Our economy wouldn't survive without the Internet, and cyber-security continues to represent one our most serious national security threats," [Obama spokesman Dan] Pfeiffer said. "It's extraordinary that someone who wants to be our president and our commander in chief doesn't know how to send an e-mail." Well, I guess it depends on what you mean by "extraordinary." The reason he doesn't send email is that he can't use a keyboard because of the relentless beatings he received from the...
  • Obama Ad Ridicules McCain over War Injuries

    09/12/2008 7:52:47 PM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 118 replies · 415+ views
    AOL News ^ | 9/12/2008 | Mark Impomeni
    In its zeal to get tough on Sen. John McCain, who has taken the lead in the presidential race, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign released a television ad today, titled "Still," making fun of Sen. McCain for being old fashioned. In the ad, the Obama campaign says that McCain hasn't changed much since he went to Congress in 1982, to make the case that McCain's campaign does not represent change. But the campaign crossed a line when it ridiculed McCain because he "can't send an e-mail," and unwittingly embroiled itself in another controversy that will throw the campaign off message. The...
  • McCain character loyal to a fault

    09/12/2008 5:22:39 PM PDT · by gridlock · 12 replies · 315+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/4/2000 | Mary Leonard, Globe Staff
    TEMPE, Ariz. - Facing a threat that his homosexuality would be exposed by Christian conservatives at a city council meeting, Mayor Neil Giuliano did what he thought was nobody's business: He held a press conference and declared, ''I happen to be gay.'' The reaction of Arizona's senior senator, John McCain, was swift and angry. ''John was the first to tell the religious right, 'This doesn't make a damned bit of difference,''' Giuliano said, remembering how McCain went out of his way to call him a good mayor and a great friend. ''Politically in Arizona, McCain should have done just the...