Ex-Bosnian army commander pleads not guilty
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A former Bosnian army commander pleaded not guilty to charges of war crimes against civilians and prisoners of war during the country's brutal 1992-95 war.
Atif Dudakovic appeared before the Bosnian court on Wednesday. Fifteen others indicted with Dudakovic also denied the charges while one more ex-soldier is yet to enter his plea.
Woman with autism uses artwork for good causes
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Morgan Morenz's first attempt at serious drawing, a Pokémon character at age 11, wasn't as good as she wanted.
But Morenz didn't get discouraged, spending her teen years perfecting her sketching.
"Eventually, I started doing more profound stuff," she said.
US veterans of 1943 bomber crash commemorated in Holland
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Seventy-five years ago on Oct. 14, 1943, Arthur Linrud of Velva and nine other members of a B-17 crew were shot down near the border of Holland and Germany. Five of the crew perished and Linrud and four other crew members were captured and taken prisoners of war.
Vermont honors prisoners of war
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is honoring prisoners of war by recognizing five living survivors.
WPTZ-TV reports that Republican Gov. Phil Scott spoke Friday at a ceremony at Camp Johnson in Colchester.
Each year, events to remember citizens missing in action from conflicts are held on the third Friday in September.
Kuster to honor prisoners of war, those missing in action
BOSCAWEN, N.H. (AP) — Veterans, their families and elected officials are gathering to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action.
The annual ceremony starts at 10 a.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
POW/MIA Recognition Day takes place each year to recognize efforts to locate and bring back soldiers from conflicts. The ceremony is hosted by the state Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Vietnam War-era prisoners of war gather in Texas for reunion
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — More than 120 Vietnam War-era prisoners of war are reconnecting with one another at a Dallas-area reunion hosted by developer Ross Perot Jr. and a nonprofit veterans' organization.
The "Return to Freedom" reunion marks the 45th anniversary of the repatriation of the 662 American POWs held by the North Vietnamese government. NAM-POWs Corp., the nonprofit veterans' group co-hosting the reunion, said 458 of those POWs are alive today with an average age of 78.
WWII POWs buried as unknowns in Hawaii get memorial marker
HONOLULU (AP) — Nancy Kragh grew up without her father, who was among 400 prisoners of war killed when a ship taking them from the Philippines to Japan was bombed.
On Wednesday, she and other family members of prisoners on that ship dedicated a memorial stone to their loved ones. The marker lies within a national cemetery in Honolulu where the men are buried in 20 separate graves as "unknowns."
The Latest: POWs killed on Japan ship honored with memorial
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a new memorial marker honoring World War II prisoners of war (all times local):
Dozens of relatives of Allied servicemen who were killed in January 1945 as prisoners of war held by Japan are dedicating a memorial stone to their loved ones.
The memorial at a national cemetery in Honolulu honors about 400 men who were killed when a Japanese ship transporting them from the Philippines to Japan was bombed by U.S. pilots who didn't know the POWs were on board.
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a month after North Korea pledged to immediately return some American war dead, the promise is unfulfilled.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who traveled to Pyongyang this month to press the North Koreans further, said Wednesday the return could begin "in the next couple of weeks." But it could take months or years to positively identify the bones as those of specific American servicemen.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Sam Coble, now in his 70s, was just a kid during the 1940s when German prisoners of war helped move a barn across Friendly Avenue to the family's farm on the other side of the road.
During World War II the men had been housed at a place called the Overseas Replacement Depot, located near Bessemer Avenue between Summit Avenue to the west and English Street to the east.
FOREST CITY, N.C. (AP) — Bill Hendon, a former lawmaker representing North Carolina's 11th Congressional District, has died. He was 73.
Ward Hendon, a nephew, confirmed Tuesday that his uncle died last Wednesday at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in Forest City after a long illness.
Hendon served two separate terms in Congress, from 1981 through 1983, and from 1985 through 1987.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Russian military officer serving a life sentence for leading a 2009 Taliban attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan has asked a federal appeals court to reconsider its finding that he's not entitled to protections given to prisoners of war.
A lawyer for Irek Hamidullin filed a petition Tuesday seeking a rehearing by the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Last month, a divided three-judge panel upheld his convictions.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Russian military officer who received a life sentence for leading a 2009 Taliban attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan is not entitled to protections given to prisoners of war, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, upholding his convictions.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Irek Hamidullin — who led the attack on behalf of the Taliban and an allied terrorist organization, the Haqqani Network — was not entitled to combatant immunity.
Remains of Korean War POW identified, to be buried
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The remains of a Pennsylvania soldier who was captured during the Korean War and died at a prisoner of war camp have been identified and will be buried next week.
The U.S. Defense Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Agency says the remains of Army Master Sgt. Finley Davis, of Pittsburgh, were accounted for in August and will be buried April 19 in North Charleston, South Carolina.
NEW MILFORD — Residents strolling through the center of town around noon Saturday might have noticed a chorus of bells emanating from St. Xavier Francis parish.
The church bells, followed by a quieter refrain of handbells, marked The Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Connecticut Forget-Me-Nots’ 33rd annual ceremony to remember the anniversary of the Paris peace accords, which ended the Vietnam War 44 years ago.
Midwest Traveler: Collection in Oshkosh, Wis., has more than 1,000 Nativity scenes
Far from their families, probably lonely and scared, a handful of young German men picked up honey-colored pieces of balsa wood and began to whittle. During the day, as prisoners of war, they worked in the canning factories dotting the Green Lake, Wis., countryside. But at night, transformed into artisans, they devoted themselves to constructing an elaborate Nativity scene.
House approves Ohio bill to expand flying of POW/MIA flag
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill to expand when the POW/MIA military flag is flown is on its way to the Ohio Senate for consideration.
The legislation requires the flag be flown at state-operated buildings on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day.
The Ohio House approved the legislation Wednesday. Federal law already requires the flag to be flown at certain buildings such as post offices on those same days.
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Appeals court hears case of Russian Taliban fighter
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Russian military officer who received a life sentence for leading a Taliban attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2009 was a soldier, not a criminal, and should have been treated as a lawful combatant, his lawyer argued before a federal appeals court Tuesday.
Lawmakers Unveil Chair to Honor POW/MIAs
Sen. Warren helps dedicate chair to POWs, missing in action
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren participated in a dedication ceremony Wednesday for a commemorative chair in Washington designed to honor American prisoners of war and the tens of thousands of service members missing in action.
The 1850s, hand-carved oak chair dedicated to the approximately 91,662 POWs and those missing in action was unveiled during a ceremony at Emancipation Hall on the U.S. Capitol grounds.
During the summers of 1944 and 1945, the U.S. Army used a former Civilian Conservation Corps campsite in Whitewater State Park to house about 380 German prisoners of war.
Whitewater was one of 34 branches of a prisoner of war camp in Algona, Iowa, where some 10,000 German prisoners spent the final years of the war.
Prisoners of war, those missing in action remembered during ceremony in Manistee
MANISTEE — Six empty chairs for soldiers who have yet to come home encircled a haunting, humbling table of honor.
Nearby, a kilted musician stood tall and sentinel-like as the strains of “Amazing Grace” wept from his bagpipe.
A black and white POW/MIA flag fluttered close by, flanked by a column of American flags. A captivated audience, with hands over hearts, stood silent and solemn in respectful reverence.
Vigil honors prisoners of war, those missing in action
BOSCAWEN, N.H. (AP) — Prisoners of war and those missing in action are being honored in New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars held its annual Ex-POW/MIA Vigil on Saturday at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan was among the speakers.
American Legion Post 71 holds POW/MIA remembrance walk
The American Legion Post 71 in North Augusta honored prisoners of war and missing in action servicemen Friday with a POW/MIA remembrance walk and ceremony.
The walk started at the Post on Spring Grove Avenue and turned left onto Georgia Avenue, where the ceremony was held at Wade Hampton Veterans Park.
Every action, word, song and prayer had meaning. America’s Prisoners of War (POW) and soldiers Missing in Action (MIA) are not forgotten and there is a vast but quiet vigil held in the hearts of many. This vigil will not cease until they all come home. Friday morning, the first POW/MIA remembrance ceremony was hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary on the sun-dappled steps of the Alcorn County Courthouse in commemoration of National POW/MIA Recognition Day. In opening remarks, Auxiliary...
National POW/MIA Recognition Day — a day to remember our nation’s unrecovered prisoners of war from all wars, those missing in action, and their families — is Friday, Sept. 15. Ceremonies will be held across the nation as well as in Connecticut. You can even meander through a POW/MIA corn maze in New Jersey.
An upcoming ceremony will remember and honor America’s prisoners of war and those missing in action. The American Legion Auxiliary will host a POW/MIA remembrance program this Friday beginning at 11 a.m. on the steps of the Alcorn County Courthouse in commemoration of National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Auxiliary President Carlean Parker said they want to honor those who have sacrificed for America and remind people of their service. The program will include speakers who have been POWs along with...
I recently co-sponsored legislation introduced by Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, calling on the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies to prioritize efforts to identify and recover unaccounted American military personnel. Our country cannot waver on efforts to bring home America’s prisoners of war (POWs) and missing in action (MIA). We must finish the search for American families who have waited decades for answers about their loved ones who have not returned home after serving our country.
WORLD WAR II DIARY - Remembering American Prisoners of War….75 Years Later
Jesse Miller lay in a dry river bed under the scorching Philippine sun, paralyzed from the waist down. His basic Army medical training enabled him to understand that he was dying. Languishing as a prisoner of war under brutal Japanese captors, he recognized that he was suffering from both beri-beri and yellow jaundice. Based on the progression of a yellowish tint moving from his eyes to his fingernails, and then to his skin, Jesse knew that the end would come soon. His death would take place in...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of motorcyclists have poured into the nation's capital to honor prisoners of war and service members missing in action.
The 2017 Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom took place Sunday. The annual gathering of motorcycle riders that's been going on since 1988 attracted thousands of bikers and spectators.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Half-brothers Victor Fogelsonger and Roberto De Angelis met for the first time this week - more than 70 years after their father was swept up in World War II.
The brothers have wanted to meet since learning about each other in 2009.
"I'd always wanted a brother," Roberto said. "This news came, and I had a brother. A big brother at that - four months older. How impossible is that?"
Cook County’s POW-MIA chair a reminder of vets’ service
CHICAGO (AP) — A memorial chair to honor American service members who are prisoners of war or missing in action has been installed in the Cook County Board room.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and county commissioners unveiled the chair Tuesday.
The county worked with Rolling Thunder Inc. to obtain the chair. Rolling Thunder is a nonprofit whose goal is to ensure POWs and MIAs are remembered.
JANESVILLE — Sunday marks the 75th anniversary of the Bataan Death March, and a an April 9 walk from Janesville to Fort Atkinson will honor World War II soldiers who fought on the Bataan Peninsula.
This 20-mile walk will give participants a chance to experience one-third of the real death march’s distance that American prisoners of war had to endure in 1942.
The Memorial Walk route follows the Ice Ageand Glacial River trails.
Wow, thank you Bannock county for pushing the POW-MIA out of Pocatello. The whole idea of this event is to promote awareness of missing family members and prisoners of war. The people that put this together are working class people with homes, jobs, families and grand children. THEY ARE NOT HELL"S ANGELS. This event brought money to our community and brought people together that may have never known that there are people that are still actively pursuing the missing and the vets that are...
The Pocatello POW*MIA Awareness Association is proud to announce the 17th Annual Awareness Rally & Motorcycle Rodeo, July 28 & 29, 2017 at Sandy Downs Arena, 6855 S. 15th E, Idaho Falls, ID 83401.
We are a 501c(3) dedicated to the financial support & public awareness of the Prisoners of War and Missing In Action (POW*MIA) issue, the Veterans Home in Pocatello, ID and charities in the local communities that need our support.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the majority of Idaho’s veterans served during the Vietnam War. Veterans put their lives on the line and lost friends and family during their service to our country.
They experienced great loss and personal sacrifice while being criticized for doing as they were told. They are among the first to step forward and help fellow veterans and others in our communities. Many lessons can be learned from these great Americans.
NEW MILFORD — Veterans and civilians gathered Sunday afternoon to remember the prisoners of war and the missing in action.
The camera loved Ben Steele, but then who didn’t?
Illinois filmmaker Jan Thompson first met Steele — survivor of the Bataan Death March, artist and educator — in the 1990s, when she was working on films about prisoners of war. There were other former POW's she was using as subjects for her films, but Steele always stole the limelight with his humor and authenticity, Thompson said.
Film opens door to time when POWs lived next door
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Six years ago, Scott Porter was filming his grandmother telling her life history when she reminisced about watching German prisoners of war get off the bus.
It was the 1940s. Karla Cottrell was living on her family's farm in the little northern Utah town of Lewiston. Cache County. Five thousand miles away, World War II was raging.
The thought did not escape her 10-year-old mind that these were the men trying to kill her uncles.
Bingham Memorial Hospital makes donation to fund statue at Patriot Field
Today, Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH) presented Bingham County with a check for $20,000 to help fund the creation of a 7-foot, bronze statue in the center of Patriot Field—the new veteran’s memorial park, located across the street from the Bingham County Courthouse downtown Blackfoot.
The statue, however, cannot be built without the additional support of local individuals and business contributions.
Ohio State leaves stadium seat empty for POWs, military MIA
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State is reserving an empty seat in its football stadium to honor prisoners of war and military members considered missing in action.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2cb1jLm ) reports that officials at the Columbus school recently unveiled the black chair. It's in the first row of Section 3AA marked with a POW-MIA logo.
It's in the area where ROTC members sit during games. The location was chosen for its visibility.
Rep. Franz introduces POW/MIA remembrance resolution
State Rep. Ray Franz today introduced House Resolution 317 to recognize Sept. 16 as POW/MIA Day. The resolution calls for the people of Michigan to remember and honor the over 83,000 prisoners of war (POW) and missing in action (MIA) military members since World War II.
Japanese students visit Wellsburg World War II museum
WELLSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — When Ed Jackfert of Wellsburg worked with his wife, Henrietta, to create an exhibit at the Brooke County Public Library relating the experiences of American prisoners of war in Japan, he hoped it would educate others about an often-overlooked chapter of World War II.
FLORENCE, S.C. -- South Carolina Chapter 4 Rolling Thunder is donating a Chair of Honor to the Florence Veterans Park. The new monument will be adjacent to the POW/MIA Monument donated by the Florence area chapter several years ago.
The National Chair of Honor Program supports POW/MIAs by reminding Americans of the sacrifices of those who suffered as prisoners of war or remain missing in action. The empty POW/MIA chair will remain perpetually empty to remind Americans that...