*Resolve reports that American servicemen were kept in captivity
following the Korean War, including the former Soviet Union.
*Pursue ongoing live sighting
reports that American servicemen are being held in North Korea.
*Declassification of all
U.S. Korean & Cold War documents.
* Open access to Chinese
Korean War P.O.W. camp records.
* Resume and broaden archival
search of Soviet records from the Korean/Cold War eras.
* Deploy oral history teams to North
Korea, China, and Russia.
* Resume joint U.S./North Korea Field
Operations in the DPRK.
The Coalition of Families promotes the fullest possible accounting for American servicemen who remain missing
in action from the Korean and Cold Wars. Our members are all families of these men. Together, we not only assist
each other in our individual searches for information, but we help to shape the nature and extent of the U.S.
Government's effort to account for our missing servicemen.
Our goal is to
ensure that we are providing all the tools we can to aid in the search for missing servicemen. We will continue evolving this website to bring the best possible experience.
Take care, and remember that you are not alone in this journey. We are right there with you.
News, Articles, and Announcements
Finnigan's War - A Documentary on the Korean War
FINNIGAN'S WAR is an official selection of the 2013 Long Island Film Expo this July 18th-25th! Screening info TBA. (Trailer)
Alert: C.I.A. Information Report – American P.O.W.s Transferred to the Soviet
A C.I.A. Information Report, from
1952, details the transfer of United Nations and South Korean P.O.W.s to the former
Soviet Union during the Korean War. None of these men returned.
The report names transit camps and Soviet officers in charge of the camps. Two of those officers (last names: Edovin
and Kalypin) supervised a camp reported to house 200 American P.O.W.s, none of
whom returned. In February, 2013, we asked the U.S. government
if efforts were made to locate Edovin and Kalypin /their families or any camp
records. We followed up on the request in March, 2013.We are waiting for the response.
relevant sections of the C.I.A. Information Report: (Document)
full report, retyped for reading: (Document)
The original declassified report: (Document)
2013 Newsletter, Update & Review!
U.S/Korea/Russia/China: The Latest News & Developments
John Zimmerlee/Research Report: “What Happened to Our Missing Loved-One?”
“In a Land Far Away” - Donna Knox
Our Collective Voice - Coalition News
(Read The Newsletter, Update and Review)
2013 Annual Korean/Cold War POW/MIA Family Member Meeting
The government's 2013 annual Korean/Cold War POW/MIA family member meeting in DC has been postponed indefinitely. That's the current status and will undoubtedly remain that way until the government's funding uncertainties straighten out. When Congress and the President do work out a budget, DPMO hopes to schedule the meeting before the end of the fiscal year (September 30, 2013). There is a chance, of course, that it will not happen at all this year, which will be an extreme-case scenario. We’ll keep you posted.
A fresh 365 days lay before us!
Here’s to something special among them for everyone.
that the government's annual Korean/Cold War family update has been moved to March 14-15.
All the best in the New Year!
Korean War's Ghost Pilots and Mystery Planes, by Mark Sauter
It was the sort of surprise no combat pilot wants to get. As his small, propeller-driven “Mosquito” spotter plane droned along over the Korean battlefield, the U.S. Air Force pilot spotted a far faster enemy jet roaring in for a kill. http://www.realclearhistory.com/articles/2012/12/04/korean_wars_ghost_pilots_and_mystery_planes.html
England's Gillette Stadium Leave's Empty Seat for POW/MIAs
black seat above the stadium’s south end zone will remain permanently empty and
marked by a plaque recognizing the sacrifice of the POW/MIAs. http://foxborough.patch.com/articles/gillette-stadium-to-leave-empty-seat-for-pow-mia
& Left Behind
evidence proves that American soldiers were kept back by Communist forces
following the Armistice to the Korean War. Declassified reports place these men
in North Korea, China, and the former Soviet Union/Russia. Some names are
known, most sightings are nameless. The U.S. government's attempts to recover
these husbands, fathers, brothers, sons and uncles were weak, futile, and
finally abandoned. For in-depth reports on American's held as POWs, please
visit these well researched sites: www.kpows.com, www.koreanconfidential.com, www.koreanwarpowmia.net, www.nationalalliance.org.
Finnigan's War Official Teaser Trailer
Narrated by Mark Hamill (Star Wars). To commemorate the 60th anniversary of The Korean War, actor/filmmaker Conor Timmis sets out on a year long journey to honor his late grandfather and the heroes of America's "Forgotten War". http://vimeo.com/51155437
POW/MIA Recognition Day
true patriot willingly loses his life for his country. These poor men have lost
not only their lives, but the very record of their death."
Clara Barton, on Civil War MIAs
Operations in North Korea - How
They Fell Apart
By Richard Downes
last issue of Update and Review celebrated the agreement to return U.S.
search and rescue teams (JFAs) to North Korea. How quickly hopes are dashed.
In February, the first JPAC ship, loaded with
equipment and recovery personnel, sailed to and then waited in a Chinese port
for visas and entry to North Korea. Then, like Peanut’s Lucy, promising to hold
the football for Charlie Brown’s kick, the U.S. and North Korea imposed political
priorities on this humanitarian mission and pulled the football aside at the
last second. Operations were suspended.
Like Charlie Brown, the accounting mission in
North Korea, and the families’ hopes for remains recovery, were flat on our
back, looking up at the sky, wondering how we allowed ourselves to believe
"They need a story. An explanation. The who, the where, the why.
Everyone needs to know what happened to them. They shouldn’t be allowed to just
go, quietly. Someone needs to stand up for them."
Jack Reacher, The Hard Way (Lee Child)
is a fundamental
choice in perspective on life: The glass is either half
full or half empty. In most instances, recent news about the Korean/Cold
War POW/MIA accounting effort is about what is
not happening rather that what is