Soldiers sent into battle face dire realities. One of these ends is the possibility that, like disappearing into a Stephen King fog, he or she will simply never be heard from again.
This kind of enigmatic loss ripples through generations of the man or woman’s family. There is no ending to their story. There is no grieving to begin healing. There is only uncertainty, longing, and an ever-present hope that he or she will return one day.
It is a wound that never heals.
No matter how much one tries to accept this kind of loss, a place in the heart simply needs to know what happened to someone that important in our lives. It is an essence of who we are as human beings. In a tragic way, all the missing soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines remain alive, simply because it’s not known how, or even if, they died.
This leaves generations of family members, who when asked what happened to such an important person in their life, can only answer, “We don’t know”. More than 8000 families from the Korean and Cold Wars live this life. They are still searching for answers. And they face a clock that keeps ticking. Too many have already passed without finding closure.
As a nation, we promised that their loved ones would never be left behind. They were. The same promise is made to the families of today’s soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines. If this promise is to hold credibility for present day servicemen and women, it must be honored to the finish for those who have gone before. There is much to do. Much that can still be done.
Thank you for joining with us.
Rick Downes, President
(Lt. Hal Downes, father, MIA North Korea 1/13/1952)
*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
November / 2015
The Coalition's fall newsletter, Update & Review, can be read at the link below. Information and insights on the Korean and Cold War POW/MIA accounting mission are included in articles:
* There's a new Director in town - DPAA Dir. Mike Linnington
* President's Corner: To Know or Not to Know - When a loved one's name is associated with unknown remains
* United States/North and South Korea/Russia/China - Thoughts on other nations involved in the mission
* A Few Words on the Cold War
* Coalition News – The latest on the issues and the work we are doing toward their end
* Research - John Zimmerlee
* Identifications/Who are They?
* Plus live sighting reports, family member To Do List, memberships, and the petition
February / 2015
The Coalition’s winter newsletter can be found at the link below. The content is far reaching, like the mission itself!
Cover – New Year, New Hope!
President’s Corner – What’s in a Name?
United States – As the Defense Department Turns
Korea/Russia/China/Cold War News
Our Collective Voice - Coalition News
Research - John Zimmerlee
Live Sighting – 2000 Action Report/Live American P.O.W.
Petition - We Call Upon the Governments ...
Thank you for your interest and ongoing support in the effort to account for the thousands of American servicemen still missing from the Korean and Cold Wars.
The Coalition's summer 2014 newsletter is at the link below. Inside, there are articles, news and insights on:
* Quiet Mysteries: Live Sightings of American POWs
* United States news: Out With the Old, In With the New
* Feature Article: Inside a Gulag – Donna Knox
* John Zimmerlee's Research Report
* Coalition News: The X-Files are here!
Thank you for your interest and ongoing support in the effort to account for the thousands of American soldiers still missing from the Korean and Cold Wars.
(Note: there may be a slight delay before the newsletter opens.)
Winter Newsletter January / 2014
Inside, you will find articles, news and insights on:
*Congressional POW/MIA Hearings *The Cold War *A UN Commission *North Korea, South Korea, China, and Russia *The role of nongovernmental organizations *The Coalition's Washington DC meetings *And, of course, a To Do list
A Love Story's Full Circle December / 2013
Each year, Clara Gantt attended the government's annual Korean/Cold War family briefings in DC in support of her husband, Joseph, MIA 1950. She was a familiar figure, making her way, however slowly, always dutiful, to each session, a stalwart of the mission, a true inspiration. She has now brought her husband home. (L.A. Times Story)
American POW-North Korea Live Sighting Report: Declassified
December / 2013
June, 2000 (Synopsis) Action Request from American Embassy, Seoul to Sec of State, DC. Fax received from ROK human rights group. Chinese police officer approached by North Korean citizen, requesting asylum in exchange for delivering 11 sets of U.S. remains and 3 POWs (2 ROK, 1 American) still alive and detained in the DPRK. One set of remains was sent, including the dog tags of an American soldier. Requests: 1) Was the name on the dog tag listed among the missing from the Korean War, 2) Was the dog tag of Korean War era, 3) provide questions to determine validity/authenticity of the report.
Sen. McCaskill to introduce P.O.W. legislation November / 2013 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Sen. Claire McCaskill says she'll introduce legislation requiring U.S. defense officials to address mismanagement in a military-led unit responsible for finding service members missing in action.
They Are in Charge, Yet They Just Don't Get It Oct. / 2013
JPAC misrepresented the return of MIA remains in ceremonies. (NBC News Story)
Senate Hearing Sept. / 2013
We have found champions in Senators McCaskill and Ayotte. In this Senate hearing (8/1), it's as if they're searching for someone themselves. Take a look. Skip the prepared statements. The action begins at 24:45. Winfield and McKeague may turn out alright. If DOD slips up though, these two Senators may be the ones to set them straight. (Senate Hearing)
Coalition Newsletter: Update & Review August / 2013
The 2013 summer edition of the newsletter is linked below. Feature articles include: *Tidal Wave! - The government’s annual family member briefing is here. It's theater, actually. A Cecil B. DeMille production. *U.S/Korea/Russia/China - Latest News & Developments *President's Corner: All's Quiet on the North Korean Front *John Zimmerlee's Research Report- Acutely Dysfunctional *Our Visits to Korea / Jan Curran: "I can’t remember a time when my sister and I haven’t wondered about the place where our father, Lt. Charles Garrison, went missing."
We hope the newsletter is the informative, insightful, maybe even entertaining edition we strived for. Thank you for reading.
GAO REPORT ON DOD'S POW/MIA MISSION July / 2013 Government Accounting Office: Top-Level Leadership Attention Needed to Resolve Longstanding Challenges in Accounting for Missing Persons from Past Conflicts. (Read More)
U.S. Pilot May Have Been Secret Soviet Prisoner, New Film Says
10 July 2013 | Issue 5166
WASHINGTON — A documentary set to be released this month tackles the tragic and mysterious fate of U.S. Air Force pilot Harry Moore, whose family believes that he became a prisoner of war in the Soviet Union after his plane was shot down during the Korean War six decades ago. (Read More)
The Moscow Times (Read More)
USA Today (Read More)
Pentagon Takes 'Second look' at Embattled MIA Unit July/2013 Washington - The Pentagon said Tuesday it will take a “second look” at how it goes about accounting for missing Americans on foreign battlefields, following the disclosure of an internal assessment that the work is “acutely dysfunctional” and at risk of failure. By Robert Burns The Associated Press (full article)
Coalition Petition: Forgotten Men of the Forgotten War June/2013
President Obama: Resolve the mysteries surrounding the Forgotten Men of the Forgotten War. Please honor your humanitarian promise to account for missing soldiers left behind after the Korean War.
The petition is now posted on the internet: (Click here for the Petition)
This is a historical opportunity to act on a global scale. We will need friends, neighbors, and colleagues standing with us. We hope you will sign on. Feel free to share with others, as well.
We can make a difference by working together. With each signature, an email message is sent to the White House. Please join with us in signing.
Memorial Day Event at VA to Honor MIAs (Palisadian-Post)
Your donation supports the Coalition's outreach, advocacy and research work.
Associate members are welcome! (Supporters without a missing family member)
The Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Your donations are tax deductible.
Please note that your $20 membership donation can be made through PayPal or directly to the Coalition's mailing address found on the membership form. Renewing members need not submit a form unless you are updating contact information.)
Again, thank you.
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Petition President Obama: Resolve the mysteries surrounding the Forgotten Men of the Forgotten War.
The petition is now posted on the internet. (Sign here)
A moving documentary by Conor Timmis, narrated by Mark Hamill (Star Wars). Korean War veterans and their families share stories of wartime exploits and emotional loss, with a tribute to men still missing in action.
All profits from DVD sales will be donated to the Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs.
Please visit the CreateSpace link, join us in support of the mission, and experience a wonderful film. (CreateSpace)
Keeping The Promise Alive
This powerful documentary is a story of young love, brotherly love and one family's unwavering commitment to uncover the truth, and answer the question… What became of Captain Harry Cecil Moore?
Proceeds from DVD sales are generously donated to the Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs.
Please join us in support of the organization and this memorable film. ("Keeping The Promise Alive")
AmericanTrophies How American POWs Were Surrendered to North Korea, China. (American Trophies @ Amazon)
"Missing, Presumed Dead: The Search For America's POWs"
A documentary that unveils the mystery of abandoned POWs . (View Here)
Newsletters - "Update & Review"
Winter Edition 2013