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  • Air Force Decides Bible Too Controversial To Memorialize MIAs, POWs

    04/05/2014 7:41:29 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | April 5, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    No Honor Allowed for POW/MIA Display e Missing Man Table is a semi-official place of honor in some dining facilities of the U.S. armed forces in memory of fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service-members. The table serves as the focal point of ceremonial remembrance, originally growing out of US concern for the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue. The display consists of small table with a white table cloth, an inverted glass, a plate with a lemon and salt, a single rose and yellow ribbon. To a few the most offensive part of the display is the Bible. Patrick Air Force Base...
  • Air Force removes Bible from POW-MIA display

    03/31/2014 6:23:46 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 94 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 31, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    On March 14 Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told members of the House Armed Services committee that there was no war on religious liberty. “The single biggest frustration I’ve had in this job is the perception that somehow there is religious persecution inside the United States Air Force,” the general told lawmakers. “It is not true.” Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) told me the Air Force seems to be the worst offender when it comes to attacks on religious liberty. If that’s true, perhaps Gen. Welsh could explain why a Bible was removed from a POW/MIA Missing Man...
  • Jeremiah Denton, Former Vietnam POW Who Blinked 'T-O-R-T-U-R-E', passes at 89

    03/28/2014 1:24:34 PM PDT · by Saint X · 51 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 3/28/14 | Naval Institute Staff
    The former U.S. Senator from Alabama, Navy admiral and Vietnam prisoner of war who blinked “T-O-R-T-U-R-E” in Morse Code to alert the world of abuse by his North Vietnamese captors, died on Friday.
  • Former Alabama Sen. Jeremiah Denton, Vietnam war hero, dies at age 89

    03/28/2014 10:39:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 85 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2014 | Seth McLaughlin
    Former Alabama Sen. Jeremiah A. Denton Jr., a prisoner of war for more than seven years in North Vietnam, died on Friday in Virginia Beach. Mr. Denton was 89 years old. His son, Jim Denton, told The Washington Post, which first reported the news, that his father died of a heart ailment. Mr. Denton, a retired U.S. Rear Admiral, was shot down over the city of Thanh Hoa in Vietnam in 1965 and captured while leading a bombing mission. He later wrote a book about his experiences. Mr. Denton grabbed national attention in 1966 when he was forced to give...
  • TALIBAN SAYS IT SUSPENDS TALKS ON US SOLDIER

    02/22/2014 10:25:55 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies
    AP ^ | February 23, 2014 | KATHY GANNON
    The spokesman for Afghanistan's Taliban says they have suspended "mediation" with the United States to exchange captive U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners held in U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay. In a terse emailed statement Sunday, Zabihullah Mujahed blamed the "current complex political situation in the country" for the suspension of what was considered the best chance of securing Bergdahl's freedom since his capture in 2009. It is the first official acknowledgement of indirect talks with the U.S. to free Bergdahl. Bergdahl, 27, of Hailey, Idaho, was last seen in a video released in December, footage...
  • Edwin A. Shuman III, Former Prisoner of War Who Defied Hanoi Hilton Guards, Dies at 82

    12/24/2013 11:18:42 AM PST · by lbryce · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 24, 2013 | Richard Goldstien
    As Christmas 1970 approached, 43 American prisoners of war in a large holding cell at the North Vietnamese camp known as the Hanoi Hilton sought to hold a brief church service. Their guards stopped them, and so the seeds of rebellion were planted. The Hoa Lo prison, a 19th-century structure built by the French in central Hanoi, was christened the Hanoi Hilton by American prisoners during the Vietnam War. A few days later, Lt. Cmdr. Edwin A. Shuman III, a downed Navy pilot, orchestrated the resistance, knowing he would be the first to face the consequences: a beating in a...
  • Col. Bud Day, Vietnam War Hero, Dies at 88

    07/28/2013 12:01:01 PM PDT · by OddLane · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | Richard Goldstein
    Col. Bud Day, an Air Force fighter pilot who was shot down in the Vietnam War, imprisoned with John McCain in the notorious “Hanoi Hilton,” and defiantly endured more than five years of brutality without divulging sensitive information to his captors, earning him the Medal of Honor, died Saturday in Shalimar, Fla. He was 88.
  • War Hero Bud Day Dies at 88

    07/28/2013 8:13:17 AM PDT · by kristinn · 77 replies
    Northwest Florida Daily News ^ | Sunday, July 28, 2013
    Retired Air Force Colonel Bud Day, a celebrated war hero and veteran's activist, died Saturday. He was 88. Day, a Medal of Honor recipient, was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more than five years. He also received the Purple Heart. William Everett, regional commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, said Day was very giving of his free time, attending military ceremonies until his health no longer allowed him to. One of his last appearances was at his own birthday celebration Feb. 24. "Very, very sad," Everett said, of hearing about Day's death Saturday morning. "It's...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Stalag 17"(1953)

    07/14/2013 1:02:51 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1953 | Billy Wilder
  • AP IMPACT: Internal report calls MIA accounting work ‘acutely dysfunctional,’ could fail

    07/07/2013 12:12:24 PM PDT · by darkwing104
    Washington Post ^ | July 7, 2013 | AP
    The Pentagon’s effort to account for tens of thousands of Americans missing in action from foreign wars is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from “dysfunction to total failure,” according to an internal study suppressed by military officials.
  • 1915 WWI Vintage Photo: Captured Turk Sniper Disguised as a Tree (Early Camouflage)

    06/24/2013 7:16:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    Retronaut ^ | June 1915 | Retronaut
    From ’The Great War: A History’, volume III, 1916 (litho)
  • POWs, MIAs still being sought

    05/11/2013 1:05:02 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/11/13 | Jim Emerson
    Michael Scott Speicher was a United States Naval Aviator and the first combat casualty of the Gulf War. He was declared missing in action as there was no rescue attempt at the time he was shot down. There was much speculation surrounding anecdotal evidence about the aviator having survived, along with some reports that LCDR Speicher was being held prisoner in Iraq. But attempts to find the flyer were unsuccessful. In 2009, an Iraqi came forward and led US Marines to the location where Speicher had been buried in 1991. Speicher’s remains were...
  • Mildred Dalton Manning, Army nurse and World War II prisoner, dies at 98

    04/07/2013 7:26:45 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    wa po ^ | Matt Schudel
    In 1943, two Hollywood movies were made about the heroic nurses of the Philippines, “Cry ‘Havoc’ ” and “So Proudly We Hail,” but the real-life Angels of Bataan and Corregidor were almost forgotten after they were interned. The letters they wrote to their families in America never arrived and were found after the war in a Manila warehouse. Mrs. Manning later said that the prison camp had no showers, beds or kitchens. A single toilet was used by hundreds of people. Yet somehow she and the nurses persevered. They maintained strict military order among themselves, always wearing their uniforms and...
  • Gun Talk 12/23/12

    12/23/2012 5:25:12 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 36 replies
    Gun Talk Radio ^ | 12/23/2012 | Tom Gresham
    Subbing for mylife, smokingfrog... Live Streaming Stations: http://www.guntalk.com/site38.php
  • Jon Hammar, Marine jailed in Mexico, to be released from prison today

    12/21/2012 8:27:48 AM PST · by EDINVA · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/21/2012 | Joseph J. Kolb
    DEVELOPING: Jon Hammar, the U.S. Marine who has been in a Mexican prison since August on a dubious weapon charge is being released today, his father confirmed to FoxNews.com. Jon Hammar Sr. said during a flight layover in Houston that he was on his way to get his son, after he and his wife Olivia received a call Thursday night from their attorney, Eddie Varon-Levy telling them their son was going to be released.
  • NE Patriots dedicate POW/MIA seat at stadium

    11/11/2012 10:55:42 AM PST · by seamusnh · 6 replies
    Patriots website ^ | 11/11/2012 | SeamusNH
    First, thanks to the veterans for their service. In today's Patriots - Bills game, they showed the new POW/MIA seat at the stadium in Foxboro. I don't know if I have ever been prouder of the team I have followed for 40+ years. http://www.patriots.com/media-center/photo-gallery/Patriots-unveil-POWMIA-Memorial-at-Gillette-Stadium/92b36284-e1f9-4742-81d7-1c4cc90504b7 If you are not familiar with Bob Kraft, Patriots owner, he is a great guy. Was a season ticket holder during some of the worst Patriots seasons. At one point, the owner was one of the Busch family and it seemed as if the team would move to St Louis (the Cardinals had gone to AZ...
  • Tortured WWII British Soldier Tracks Down Japanese Tormentor And Forgives Him

    10/10/2012 8:13:22 AM PDT · by trailhkr1 · 24 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10-9-12 | Robert Hardman
    Beaten to a pile of broken bones, caged, starved and tortured, Eric Lomax was convinced he would never see Britain ever again. He had already experienced the lottery of death among the chain gangs on the Burma-Siam Railway. Now things were even worse. Accused of being a spy, he had been left to the mercies of the Japanese army’s secret police. Among their specialities was what is today known as ‘waterboarding’, when a prisoner undergoes near-drowning. It was surely only a matter of time before he would be put out of his misery.
  • Vietnam POW Thanks the American People

    09/29/2012 6:01:32 PM PDT · by No One Special · 4 replies
    P.O.W. Network ^ | unknown | Terry L. Boyer
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the American people, for what you have been to me during my imprisonment: a source of courage. The love, honor, and gifts you have bestowed upon me since my return have meant a good deal to me. I have yet to determine in my own mind what I have done that is deserving of this consideration. For some reason, you people insist on calling me a hero. I would like to say that I am not the hero- you, the American people, are the heroes. You have made the United...
  • Abbas: Recognize Terrorists as Prisoners of War

    04/17/2012 3:38:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/4/12
    The PA will turn to Switzerland to request that PA prisoners in Israel be recognized as prisoners of war, Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday as he celebrated Prisoners’ Day. Switzerland is the depository state of the Geneva Convention. Recognition of PA prisoners as prisoners of war would mean better conditions, ...
  • Flight from Colditz: British PoWs' daring glider escape finally takes to sky 67 years late...

    03/19/2012 11:37:51 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 17, 2012 | Unattributed
    It may have been 67 years late but a replica of the Colditz glider finally took off from the castle yesterday .  .  . and promptly crashed. The original glider – nicknamed the Colditz Cock – was part of one of the most audacious escape plans conjured up by British prisoners of war held at the castle. After discovering a book on aircraft design in the library, the Second World War PoWs designed and constructed it behind a false wall in the attic. The glider was still under construction when the supposedly escape-proof PoW camp Oflag IV-C was liberated by American forces...
  • Former Private Jessica Lynch:Why She Had to Set the Record Straight About Government’s False Story

    01/12/2012 7:07:02 PM PST · by wardaddy · 90 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-12-12 | Staff
    About 9 years ago, enemy fighters in Iraq captured then-19-year-old former Private First Class Jessica Lynch in a deadly ambush on the truck that she was driving. Eleven soldiers died in the attack, including one of Lynch’s closest friends. Later, Special Forces rescued Lynch from an Iraqi hospital and initial government reports portrayed her as a hero who went down fighting, claims which Lynch denied, saying that she didn’t shoot a single round in the attack. Today, Lynch joined Shepard Smith to talk about being in captivity, how she got the strength to call out the government on the false...
  • Family of U.S. soldier held by Taliban hopeful over Qatar deal

    01/05/2012 9:13:31 AM PST · by americanophile · 18 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | 1/15/12 | Laura Zuckerman
    SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - The family of a U.S. soldier held captive by the Taliban for over two years said on Wednesday they were optimistic about the possibility of talks between the Afghan insurgent group and countries including the United States. They expressed hope that Bowe Bergdahl would be freed "as soon as possible" in a statement issued a day after the Taliban said they had reached a preliminary agreement to set up a political office in the Gulf Arab country of Qatar. "We are optimistic about the possibility of diplomatic discussions between Taliban officials and government officials from other...
  • Amazing lost sketches of life inside Japanese PoW camp

    09/16/2011 4:11:10 PM PDT · by Charlespg
    Mail online ^ | 16th September 2011 | Sarah Graham
    Astonishing drawings of British soldiers in brutal Japanese Prisoner of War camps have turned up nearly 70 years later on TV's Antiques Roadshow. The lost sketches showing the appalling conditions the men endured were drawn by artist soldier John Mennie who gave them to fellow PoW Eric Jennings. Mr Jennings never spoke about his wartime experiences and his family were stunned when they found the sketches stashed away in a shoe box after his death.
  • Amazing lost sketches of life inside Japanese PoW camp discovered in a shoe box

    09/16/2011 2:28:37 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 56 replies
    Astonishing drawings of British soldiers in brutal Japanese Prisoner of War camps have turned up nearly 70 years later on TV's Antiques Roadshow. The lost sketches showing the appalling conditions the men endured were drawn by artist soldier John Mennie who gave them to fellow PoW Eric Jennings. Mr Jennings never spoke about his wartime experiences and his family were stunned when they found the sketches stashed away in a shoe box after his death. One of the drawings is a rare image of the 'Selerang Square Squeeze' - a shocking atrocity meted out to 16,000 PoWs in Changi, Singapore...
  • Oldest survivor of Bataan Death March dies at 105

    08/15/2011 8:00:34 PM PDT · by decimon · 119 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 15, 2011 | JIM SUHR
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A doctor once told Albert Brown he shouldn't expect to make it to 50, given the toll taken by his years in a Japanese labor camp during World War II and the infamous, often-deadly march that got him there. But the former dentist made it to 105, embodying the power of a positive spirit in the face of inordinate odds. "Doc" Brown was nearly 40 in 1942 when he endured the Bataan Death March, a harrowing 65-mile trek in which 78,000 prisoners of war were forced to walk from Bataan province near Manila to a Japanese...
  • Minter’s Ring: The Story of One World War II POW

    08/05/2011 11:45:02 AM PDT · by Palter · 10 replies
    Smithsonian Mag ^ | 02 Aug 2011 | Gilbert King
    Lisa and Minter Dial, on their way to the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. Photo courtesy of the Dial familyIn the spring of 1962, the United States Navy was excavating a site in Inchon, Korea, when the discovery of human remains led officers to believe they had come across the site of a prisoner-of-war camp. More than a decade earlier, during the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur commanded some 75,000 United Nations ground forces and more than 250 ships into the Battle of Inchon—a surprise assault that led, just two weeks later, to the recapture of Seoul from the North...
  • Brothers, government tangle over Korean War records

    07/06/2011 9:45:27 AM PDT · by DFG · 1 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | 07/04/11 | Chris Vaughn
    As this summer marks the 61st anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, it remains one of the least understood and most overlooked conflicts of the American experience. Time is running out for those who fought the war, as most surviving veterans are in or approaching their 80s. The Korean War Project, founded in 1995 by two Dallas brothers who are the sons of a decorated Korean War Marine, has established itself as a valuable resource for information on unit histories, casualties, battles and those missing in action.
  • America's Forgotten Prisoners of War

    07/04/2011 7:47:30 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 4th, 2011 | DAVID FEITH
    Ahmed Altaie and Bowe Bergdahl—one born 1965 in Baghdad, the other two decades later in Hailey, Idaho—wouldn't seem to have much in common. But this weekend, as Americans take to beaches and barbeques to celebrate our independence, Messrs. Altaie and Bergdahl share a unique, practically unknown bond: They are the only two U.S. soldiers currently held captive as prisoners of war. Over the past decade, the U.S. has deployed more than two million troops abroad, with hundreds of thousands in war zones at any one time. Yet in a sign of how much warfare has changed since the time of...
  • RAF Spitfire pulled from Irish peat bog

    07/04/2011 11:05:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph.co.UK ^ | Jun 29. 2011
    RAF Spitfire pulled from Irish peat bog A Second World War RAF Spitfire has been excavated from an Irish peat bog almost 70 years after it crash-landed. A piece of the Wreckage of the World War Two spitire that crashed into the Bog in County Donegal A piece of the Wreckage of the World War Two spitire that crashed into the Bog in County Donegal 6:00AM BST 29 Jun 2011 Six machine guns and about 1,000 rounds of ammunition were also discovered by archaeologists searching the Inishowen Peninsula in Co Donegal. The British fighter plane was piloted by an American,...
  • Get ready for the rumble [Very Positive & Moving Palin/Rolling Thunder Video Report]

    05/30/2011 2:34:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 15 replies
    WJLA ^ | May 29, 2011 | WJLA.com
    Thousands of motorcycles poured into the D.C.-area today for Rolling Thunder, an annual event drawing motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country. The massive collection of motorcycle riders is descending on Washington in memory of the thousands of prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action from the Vietnam War.
  • Gun Talk Radio 5/22/11

    05/22/2011 5:20:31 PM PDT · by mylife · 135 replies
    Gun Talk Radio ^ | 5/22/11 | Tom Gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~   Gun Talk Radio   5/22/11~~07:00 CST
  • McCain’s WaPo Op-Ed on the Tortured Debate Over EITs

    05/16/2011 2:33:08 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-16-11 | Wordsmith
    To be sure, waterboarding can be torture, depending on how it is carried out. “You can do waterboarding lots of different ways, “says former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, “you can get to the point that the person is actually drowning,” That would be torture- but that is not how the technique is carried out by the CIA. -Pg 131, Courting Disaster John McCain is intimately familiar with torture, having endured it at the hands of his Vietnamese captors during his years as a POW. But he was never waterboarded. Not by the Spanish Inquisition. Not by the...
  • Remembering Those in Chains

    05/09/2011 8:11:05 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 4 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-09-11 | Zazu
    Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl of Sun Valley, Idaho went missing on June 30, 2009 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. He is currently being held in an unknown location, possibly moved to Ghazni Province or smuggled across the border to Pakistan making the logistics of rescue even more difficult. The Taliban has released several videos where Bergdahl is reading forced statements in violation of international law. In exchange for his release, they are demanding $1 million dollars, the release of 21 Afghan prisoners most of whom are held in Guantanamo Bay, as well as the freeing Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani terrorist...
  • Last US veteran of World War I dies (at 110)

    02/28/2011 2:14:34 AM PST · by Racehorse · 17 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | 28 February 2011 | Carlos Hamann
    The last US veteran of World War I, who lied about his age to join the army in 1917, has died at the age of 110, ending America's living connection with the Great War. The indomitable Frank Buckles, who also survived three years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, died peacefully of natural causes early Sunday in his home near Charles Town, West Virginia, CNN said, quoting a family spokesman. Buckles celebrated his 110th birthday on February 1, but his family said his health had been failing since late last year. Born in the Midwestern state of Missouri in...
  • Video thought to show American held in Afghanistan

    12/08/2010 5:33:02 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Dec 07, 2010 | Associated Press
    KABUL, Afghanistan – A new video released by the Taliban shows a man believed to be the only known American serviceman held captive in Afghanistan, a group that tracks militant websites said Wednesday.
  • You don't forget: Medic's Holocaust diary tells story of hell [American soldiers in the camp system]

    10/28/2010 3:42:51 PM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-28-10
    Washington (CNN) -- The tattered journal, its pages yellow with age, contains the painful memories of a U.S. medic, a man who recorded the deaths of soldiers who survived one of World War II's bloodiest battles yet met their end as slaves in Nazi Germany. "Some were dying," said its author, Tony Acevedo, now 86. "Some died, and I made a notation of that." Flipping through the pages, you encounter a horrific part of world history through the eyes of a 20-year-old inside a slave labor camp. Amid the horror, the journal captures extraordinary human moments of war. Acevedo sketched...
  • Two men wanted in Walmart shooting

    10/15/2010 5:29:47 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    WLBT ^ | 15 Oct 2010 | unattributed
    JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Police are searching for two men in a Red Pontiac G-6 in connection with a murder on a Walmart parking lot. Bruce Davis, Jr, was shot to death around ten Friday morning at the Jackson Walmart Parking lot, at Highway 18 and Greenway. Davis was shot in the chest and died about 30 minutes later at a local hospital. Davis and his cousin met two men in the parking lot. Police believe an argument started and Davis was gunned down. The two men were seen leaving the scene in a late model Red Pontiac G-6 and...
  • Cops Make Another Arrest Outside Old Saybrook Walmart

    10/14/2010 6:26:23 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 9 replies
    NBC Connecticut ^ | 14 Oct 2010 | unattributed
    The day after police arrested a woman accused of threatening to blow up a Walmart in Old Saybrook, they made another arrest at the same store. John Carlo, 28, of Pawcatuck, is accused of saying he was “getting ready to start killing people.” Police arrested Carlo outside Wal-Mart Department Store, 665 Boston Post Road, at 12:12 p.m. on Thursday after receiving a 911 call. Police found Carlo hiding in a walk-in cooler at the A-Plus Sunoco gas station/convince store, police said. He was charged with breach of peace and threatening and is being held on a $1,000 bond. On Wednesday...
  • Ex-POWS touring Japan disappointed at not receiving apologies from firms over slave labor

    09/18/2010 9:13:24 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 19 replies
    The Mainichi Daily News ^ | 17 September 2010
    Six former U.S. soldiers taken prisoners of war in the Philippines by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II have failed to receive apologies from private industries that used them as slave labor. The former POWs are currently touring Japan with their families on a visitation program sponsored by the Japanese government. While they praised the reception from some of the Japanese companies they visited, they were disappointed that none offered words of apology and insist that post-war bitterness will linger until apologies are made. -SNIP- . . . representatives at Mitsui Futo (now a subsidiary of Taiheiyo Cement...
  • Body of 2nd missing US Navy sailor recovered in eastern Afghanistan

    07/29/2010 4:53:11 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 78 replies · 7+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | July 29, 2010 | FOXNews.com
    <p>KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior U.S. military official and Afghan officials say the body of a second U.S. sailor who went missing in a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan has been recovered.</p> <p>The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the information, says the family of Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove — a 25-year-old from the Seattle area — has been notified of his death.</p>
  • Peru archaeologists find hall for human sacrifice (carried out by the Moche people)

    07/22/2010 8:53:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/22/10 | Emily Schmall
    LIMA (Reuters) – An ancient ceremonial ground used by a Pre-Columbian civilization for human sacrifices has been uncovered on Peru's northern coast, archaeologists said on Thursday. The discovery appears to reinforce prevailing theories about a ceremony known as "the presentation" that was carried out by the Moche people, an agricultural civilization that flourished between 100 B.C. and 800 A.D. Carlos Wester La Torre, director of the Bruning Museum in Peru and a leader of the dig, said the ceremonial site likely hosted ritual killings of prisoners of war. Photographs taken at the site show more than half a dozen skeletons...
  • Last survivor of 'Great Escape' dies at 97

    06/08/2010 3:50:38 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 15 replies · 27+ views
    The Times of India ^ | June 8, 2010 | The Times of India
    LONDON: Jack Harrison, who survived the Great Escape plot by Allied prisoners in a German prison in World War II, has died at age 97, his family said. As a camp gardener, Harrison helped dispose of the dirt excavated from three escape tunnels. He was 98th on the list of some 200 inmates designated to make the escape on March 24, 1944 from Stalag Luft III prison near Sagan in Germany — now Zagan, Poland. Only 76 got away before guards detected the breakout. The breakout was celebrated in the 1963 film 'The Great Escape.' Only three men managed to...
  • Jack Harrison, the last survivor of The Great Escape, dies at 97

    06/07/2010 8:28:33 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 43 replies · 119+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 8th June 2010 | Jim McBeth
    In the end, it was only time from which he could not escape. Jack Harrison, the last of those involved in the 'Great Escape', has passed away, peacefully and quietly, at the age of 97. It has been 66 years since the dark night when he waited with bated breath, preparing to crawl through ‘Harry’ and under the wire of Stalag Luft III. Many years after the war the former RAF pilot, and his brave and resourceful comrades, would be immortalised by the iconic 1963 film - starring Richard Attenborough and Steve McQueen - which remains the staple fare of...
  • British POW kept in touch with Japanese camp guard for 64 years

    05/25/2010 2:58:03 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 2 replies · 438+ views
    JapanTimes.co.jp ^ | May 25, 2010 | WILLIAM HOLLINGWORTH
    LONDON — A British former prisoner of war has been telling of the enduring friendship he built up with his Japanese guard after corresponding with him for 64 years. John Baxter, 91, regularly exchanged birthday and Christmas cards with Hayato Hirano after the time they spent at a camp in the town of Inatsuki, Fukuoka Prefecture, during World War II. Despite their two countries being former bitter enemies, the two men were anxious to heal the wounds of war through their exchanges. This act of reconciliation contrasted starkly with the views of many former POWs who were virulently anti-Japanese due...
  • Vietnam POW endorses Blumenthal opponent in Conn. Senate race

    05/20/2010 3:48:22 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 402+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 19, 2010 | SUSAN DAVIS, WSJ
    Decorated Vietnam prisoner of war Orson Swindle Wednesday endorsed Republican Rob Simmons in the Connecticut Senate race. The support comes at an opportune time -- just two days after the New York Times reported that leading Democratic candidate Attorney General Richard Blumenthal had wrongly said he had served in Vietnam. Swindle was Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC) from 1997 to 2005 and he also served the Reagan administration. He retired from the Marine Corp as a Lieutenant Colonel. In a statement, Swindle praised Simmons as “my fellow Vietnam Veteran” and offered a sharp critique of Blumenthal that recalled his own days...
  • Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl: Something Fishy about this POW Situation

    04/08/2010 4:10:05 PM PDT · by 999replies · 21 replies · 1,217+ views
    I hope I am wrong, but I see something very inconsistent with this POW situation. I am an Army combat arms veteran and I have worked in Iraq and Afghanistan, so I feel that I am somewhat qualified to bring up a doubt I am having regarding this story. First off, PFC Bergdahl is the only U.S. service member being held captive in Afghanistan. That makes his situation unique and different than normal. I find the assorted still-photos of him wearing various stages of an Army uniform very peculiar. If/when he was captured, why would he have on his person...
  • POW hero Jeremiah Denton to speak at Marine Corps Museum

    02/11/2010 1:30:36 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 14 replies · 546+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2-11-10 | Emily Langer
    There are moments in Jeremiah Denton's past that he wishes he could forget. One of the highest-ranking American officers to be captured during the Vietnam War, the retired rear admiral spent seven years and seven months as a POW, four of them in solitary confinement. Denton, who went on to become a U.S. senator from Alabama, will revisit some of that history Saturday at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle with a lecture on his book "When Hell Was in Session." Recently re-released, the volume is a firsthand account of Denton's time in some of the most...
  • First Female Black POW Speaks Out in Book

    02/05/2010 6:12:09 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 140 replies · 2,613+ views
    cbs ^ | WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2010 | unknown
    (AP) Shoshana Johnson survived gunshot wounds to both legs and 22 days as a prisoner of war in Iraq. Life wasn't so easy when she came home, either. In a new book out this week, the 37-year-old single mother describes mental health problems related to her captivity and tells how it felt to play second fiddle in the media to fellow POW Jessica Lynch, who was captured in the same ambush. "It was kind of hurtful," the former Army cook said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "If I'd been a petite, cutesy thing, it would've been different."
  • Odd Challenge: Lying, is it constitutionally protected?

    02/04/2010 1:16:04 PM PST · by AstroTurf _Queen · 92 replies · 1,385+ views
    One News Now ^ | 2/4/2010 | Chad Groening
    An organization dedicated to honoring the nation's prisoners of war and missing in action service members is outraged that a federal law against lying about military medals is facing First Amendment challenges. Lawyers in California and Colorado cases have made similar arguments against the "Stolen Valor Act," saying that lying is protected by the First Amendment unless it does real harm.
  • Family pleads for release of U.S. soldier

    01/24/2010 1:15:55 PM PST · by blueyon · 11 replies · 448+ views
    msnbc ^ | 12/25/09 | AP
    KABUL - The family of a U.S. soldier captured in eastern Afghanistan more than five months ago pleaded for the release of their son Friday and urged him to "stay strong." Lt. Col. Tim Marsano of the Idaho National Guard issued a statement from the family of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. airborne infantryman who was taken by the Afghan Taliban in Paktika province June 30.