POW/MIA Information, Records, and Bracelets

I am a contact for POW/MIA information, and I'm always glad to work with people who want to know more or make contacts, etc.

I am also in contact with a person who has created a POW/MIA display at the Air Force Academy and at the Nixon Library. He is looking for original POW/MIA bracelets (the ones that VIVA put out originally) for each of the POWs/MIAs. His displays contain the clothing and memoribilia of our returned POWs and is highly thought of by their national group.

If anyone has one of those bracelets and the POW has returned and they want to do something special with the bracelet, I can see if he needs it for his display. I can also provide ways for people to return bracelets to returned POWs, if the POWs desire to receive them.

One of the best POW/MIA organizations in the USA is located in Missouri ... it is the P.O.W. Network run by Chuck and Mary Schantag. They have the most complete database of anybody (that's what the DoD says, too). Their internet address is:


Judee Strott

The National League of Families of American POWs/MIAs
Missing in Southeast Asia
1005 North Glebe Road, Suite 160
Arlington, Virginia 22201

TEL: 703-465-7432

24-hour Update Hotline: 703-465-8444
E-mail: info@pow-miafamilies.org
Web Site: http://www.pow-miafamilies.org/

Advocacy And Intelligence Index
For Prisoners Of War/Missing In Action, Inc.
1220 Locust Avenue
Bohemia, Long Island, New York 11716-2169

Voice: (1-516) 567-9057
Fax: (1-516) 244-7097
E-mail: Bob Necci
E-mail: Andi Wolos

Web Site: http://www.aiipowmia.com/

Korean POWs/MIAs and Where to write for any POW/MIA

The January 1997 issue of Reader's Digest had an article pertaining to Korean POWs. It was called "Johnson's List" by Malcolm McConnell.

It's about a Korean POW survivor, Johnnie Johnson, with the 24th Infantry, who had kept a list (risking his own survival if caught), of those that died while there...he felt it was important that a record be kept for the families.

That list, called the "Tiger Survivors List," has now been made public and Reader's Digest has made it available at its WebSite:


Also, for those families with questions or information regarding missing servicemen, you can write:

2400 Defense Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20301-2400


National Alliance of Families
For The Return Of America's Missing Servicemen

Dolores Alfond - Voice/FAX: 425-881-1499
Lynn O'Shea ---- Voice/FAX: 718-846-4350
E-mail---------- lynnpowmia@prodigy.net
Web Site ------- http://www.nationalalliance.org/

BITS 'N' PIECES -- February 14, 1998:

February 12th, 1998 - marked the 25th Anniversary of the start of Operation Homecoming. Operation Homecoming began on February 12th, 1973, when the first plane load of POWs left Hanoi.

For many of our readers, this is a bittersweet Anniversary. We rejoiced at the return of 591 of our Prisoners of War, but we still wait for word on loved ones categorized as Prisoners or Last Known Alive.

History of the POW/MIA Flag

In 1971 Mrs. Michael Hoff, an MIA wife and member of the National League of Families, recognized the need for a symbol of our POWs/MIAs. Prompted by an article in the Jacksonville, Florida, "Times-Union," Mrs. Hoff contacted Norman Rivkees, Vice President of Annin & Company which had made a banner for the newest member of the United Nations, the People's Republic of China, as part of their policy to provide flags to all United Nations' member states.

Mrs. Hoff found Mr. Rivkees very sympathetic to the POW/MIA issue; and he, along with Annin's advertising agency, designed a flag to represent our missing. Following League approval, the flags were manufactured for distribution.

The importance of the League's POW/MIA flag lies in its continued visibility, a constant reminder of the plight of America's POWs/MIAs. Other than "Old Glory," the League's POW/MIA flag is the only flag ever to fly over the White House, having been displayed in this place of honor on National POW/MIA Recognition Day since 1982.

On March 9, 1989, an official League flag, which flew over the White House for the 1988 "National POW/MIA Recognition Day," was installed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda as a result of legislation passed overwhelmingly during the 100th Congress. In a demonstration of bipartisan Congressional support, the leadership of both Houses hosted the installation ceremony.

The League's POW/MIA flag is the only flag that has ever been displayed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, where it will stand as a powerful symbol of national commitment to America's POWs/MIAs until the fullest possible accounting has been achieved for U.S. personnel still missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

On August 10, 1990, the 101st Congress passed U.S. Public Law 101-355, which recognized the League's POW/MIA flag and designated it "as the symbol of our Nation's concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing, and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation."

With passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act during the first term of the 105th Congress, the League's POW/MIA flag will fly each year on:

On the grounds or in the public lobbies of:

At the official offices of:



Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Togo West has directed that the POW/MIA flag be flown daily at the:

VA Headquarters
810 Vermont Avenue
Washington, D.C.


To Obtain POW/MIA Flags


Georgia Committee for POW/MIA, 770-973-8773


Ohio Chapter MIA-POW, 614-451-2405


Also see the "National POW Museum" heading in this Index.

Revised 07-10-2002 by DGSH