POW/MIA

Our POW/MIAs

Raising the POW/MIA flag.

Pearl Harbor: Culinary Specialist 1st Class Richard Gravems and Operations Specialist 2nd Class James Darden raise the POW/MIA flag. U.S. Navy photo.

We believe live POW/MIAs are still waiting to be rescued, and we’ll never give up in our search for the truth. We support legitimate POW/MIA hunters in Southeast Asia, and we’ve had VietNow members working inside Vietnam searching for live POWs.

Read some of the articles below to find out more.

Rolling Thunder, The Wall, and the Wonder of It All
Twenty-five years after her brother had been shot down over North Vietnam, a woman and her family get together for a family reunion, and meet up with Rolling Thunder.

Missing in action but not forever.
The American military’s commitment to “leave no man behind” is unmatched in the world. There are lots of complaints about JPAC, the unit that leads the recovery efforts, but it’s wrong to say that JPAC’s work is all bad.

Now she knows.
VietNow’s POW/MIA Moms waited a long time. How many others will have to wait for the truth?

POW/MIA: Any help for Bowe Bergdahl?
The quest to free Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban goes on. And on.

A question of trust.
Do you trust the official stories?

How far back does the POW/MIA issue go?
It’s an old problem, probably dating back to the first wars of prehistoric times.

The search for my father.
Patty O’Grady was 14 years old when her father was shot down over North Vietnam. This is the story of her long and frustrating search to find out what really happened, and to bring her father’s remains back home.
Part One
Part Two

Adrian Cronauer warns: Budget cuts threaten efforts to find POW/MIAs.
Massive budget cuts associated with the sequestration will hamper our POW/MIA recovery projects.

A flag, a remembrance, and a reunion.
Mary Jane Kiepe, Past President of the American Gold Star Mothers writes to tell the story of how two veterans were reunited because one of them sent a picture of his POW/MIA flag to our magazine.

Message from a POW/MIA bracelet.
Judi Boyer Bouchard is the sister of SFC Alan L. Boyer, MIA (Missing In Action) in Laos since March 28, 1968. Awhile back she received a letter from a woman who once wore Alan Boyer’s POW/MIA bracelet.

MIA found after 41 years
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The first time Bill Braniff was in Vietnam was 1968, with the U.S. Army. Since then, he’s made over 30 trips back there, and operates a tour service for veterans who want to visit Vietnam. On a recent trip, he discovered the grave site of an American soldier – a friend – who had been MIA after an ambush.

The latest information on the POW/MIA situation.
House Resolution 111 and 231, National Alliance of Families, documentary on U.S. pilot shot down over Korea in 1951.

POW/MIA: Feeling the need for power boil.
How much is our government doing to get two present-day POW/MIAs released? And what will it take to get some action?

How do we keep the fires burning?

By Rich Sanders, VietNow National President. I have been witness to, or part of, several happenings in the past year that have caused me to ask that question in more of a desperation tone than from an inquisitive perspective.

My POW/MIA conversion: From skeptic to true believer. Book Review: An Enormous Crime: The Definitive Account of American POWs Abandoned in Southeast Asia.
This new book, by former U.S. Rep Bill Hendon (R-NC) and Elizabeth A. Stewart, looks like it really could be the definitive account of what happened to our POW/MIAs. Our editor has read the book, and doesn’t hold back on what he found.

Caution! Personal story: Proceed at your own risk
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VietNow National President Rich Sanders remembers Robert J. Acalotto, whose name appears alphabetically at the top of our government list of Last Known Alive (LKA) servicemen from the Vietnam War.

The bracelet
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Time to blow the dust off that old POW/MIA bracelet and start wearing it again.

The U.S. government has lied to me for 42 years about what happened to my husband, Col. David L. Hrdlicka
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Carol Hrdlicka, the wife of a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down during the Vietnam War has worked for over 40 years to find out the truth about what happened to her husband. The government has stymied her quest at every turn.

Pacific Northwest VietNow wins “Bring Them Home Alive” award.
This chapter may be small in numbers, but is really big when it comes to heart. Their POW/MIA efforts are unsurpassed.

VietNow’s POW/MIA Mom: Holding on to hope – Dorothy Boyer will never give up hope.
The 85-year-old still believes it’s possible that her son, Sgt. 1st Class Alan Boyer, might still be alive. Alan disappeared at age 22, in Laos, while on a secret mission – and since March 28, 1968, Dorothy has hoped he might come home. Her son’s Army career began while he was studying forestry at the University of Montana. Once in the Army, Alan applied to be a Green Beret. It was on a mission with that elite group that he disappeared.

Show us your favorite POW/MIA flag.
We want to see your favorite POW/MIA flag. Hoping to keep alive the spirit of the POW/MIA flag, we feature a different POW/MIA flag (sometimes more than just one) every issue of our magazine and here on our web site. If you’ve got a camera and can write a short description of why you think it’s important to keep the POW/MIA flags flying, we’d like to hear from you.

POW/MIA flags are flying all around the country
. Lots of people, mostly VietNow members of course, have been sending us pictures of their favorite POW/MIA flags. Some of these flags are flying over the homes of people who care about the issue, and some of the flags fly over other places. Either way, we think it’s important to keep these black-and-white flags flying until our missing brothers are brought back home again. While lots of people want us to forget and pretend everything is OK, we will never forget. Just click to see some of our favorite POW/MIA flags. (Coming soon.)