BILL TO BRING HOME MISSING SERVICEMEMBERS INTRODUCED IN HOUSE, GAINS VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS' SUPPORT
WASHINGTON – A companion bill to S. 2794, the Bring Our Heroes Home Act (BOHHA), introduced by U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Chris Pappas (D-New Hampshire) and Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho).
Korean War Unknowns
(Punch Bowl Phases) (DPAA)
Phase 1 - UN Cemeteries Phase 2 - SK & POW Camps
Phase 3 & 4 - SK & Chosin
Phase 4 - South Korea
Phase 5 - Seoul
Phase 5 & 6 - North Korea
Phase 6 & 7 - DMZ
Phase 7 - NK/Air Losses
In The News
House Oversight & Reform / subcommittee on National Security
The first congressional hearing to exclusively focus on the oversight of the DPAA since the agency's creation.
(Note:The video begins 1:10 min in.)
After almost 70 years, a soldier is coming home from Korea
Families of Korean War Missing Face More Disappointment This Memorial Day
"I have to agree; it's been a roller-coaster ride over the years of raised and then dashed expectations. We had that 'whee' of a downhill ride last year ... " said Rick Downes, executive director of the Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs. "And now we're doing one long uphill climb again."
Pentagon suspends effort to recover war remains amid silence from North Korea
“This is unfortunately simply another heartbreak along the way of trying to find out what has happened to our loved ones,” said Rick Downes, executive director of a group of families whose loved ones never came home from the Korean War.
Senator Richard Lugar (Indiana) has Passed
Senator Lugar, former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was a dedicated advocate of the Korean War's missing men, particularly American servicemen seen alive in the DPRK following the war. His was a strong voice on behalf of the missing men and their families.
Trump-Kim summit cut short
This Korean War Veteran's Remains Were Lost for Nearly 70 Years. Here's How Cutting-Edge Science Brought Him Home
(Time Magazine) (2/25/19)
"We are pursuing the highest levels of government to be sure it's on the agenda" in Hanoi, said Rick Downes, president of the Coalition ....
More US remains from Korean War nearing final ID
By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer
Nobel Prize Nominees!
Gov. Bill Richardson, Mickey Bergman and the Richardson Center for Global Engagement have been strong advocates for Korean War POW/MIA affairs,
particularly in returning U.S. servicemen’s remains.
All three have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Please join the Coalition in broadening awareness of their success on behalf of the missing men and their families by sharing this article. Thank you!
Major Project To Identify Long Nameless Korean War Dead Begins
Jay Price, NPR
December 13, 2018
Pentagon: North Korea Slow to Negotiate over US War Remains
Robert Burns, AP
(December 13, 2018)
One of the identified remains, Sgt. Charles McDaniel, belongs with the dogtags presented to his two sons in DC last August.
(September 20, 2018)
'These Heroes Were Never Forgotten.'
Vice President Pence Welcomes Return of Korean War Remains
(August 1, 2018)
Trump/Kim Summit Overpromised (AP)
(July 19, 2018)
NHK International Report
(July 11, 2018)
Sen. Young (IN) meets with DPAA Dir. McKeague
(June 28, 2018)
Sen. Jean Shaheen / Sec. State Pompeo
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
(3:25 mins into the video)
(June 27, 2018)
The Road to Recovery: Korean War POW/MIA Remains
(National Committee on North Korea - June 22, 2018)
U.S. / NK Summit Follow UP
(June 21, 2018)
Trump, Kim agree to recovering and returning US military remains from Korean War
The Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs pursues answers to the fate of over 7000 American soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors still missing-in-action from the Korean and Cold Wars. We are the families of the missing men … brothers, sisters, wives, children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. We assist each other in our individual searches, while helping to shape the nature and scope of the mission overall.
This website is designed to broaden awareness of the mission's issues. Background information to both conflicts is found under The Korean & Cold Wars tab. Sightings of Americans held after the war, along with other distinctive aspects of the mission, are found under the The Issues tab. Please visit the initial tab pages of each heading for a general overview.
The website also offers opportunities for you to support our mission. The Projects pages address a range of issues; among them, the identification of unknown American soldiers from the Korean War who have been buried on American soil for over sixty years. The Media tab recommends books and films that deepen understanding of both wars. All proceeds from the purchase of the award winning Finnigan’s War go to the Coalition. Join with us as members, or associate members (non-families), under the About Us tab.
We invite you to explore our website, learn about the issues, and play a role in moving the mission forward. We are not alone in this journey if you are there with us.
The Coalition: Twenty-One Years and Counting...
A Look Back
By Donna D. Knox
(Spring - 2019)
Why It's So Hard to Bring Home Remains of U. Soldiers
(Time - July 2018)
What We're Doing
Another DC trip is in the rear-view mirror!
December's meetings on Capitol Hill went very well.
We truly appreciate the accessibility and willingness of so many Members and their staffs to follow through on critical matters:
Sen. Crapo - ID, Sen. Shaheen-NH, Sen. Carper-DE, Sen. Collins-ME, Sen. Warren-MA, Sen. Brown-OH, Sen. Hassan-NH, Rep. Cloud-TX, Rep. Green-TN, Rep. Pappas-NH.
The families, and the missing men, have willing, supportive partners in Congress!
Rick Downes, President / Hart Senate Office Building
The Bring Our Heroes Home Act – S.2794
The Bring Our Heroes Home Act has been introduced to the U.S. Senate. If enacted, S.2794 will be the first comprehensive legislation to mandate widespread declassification of POW/MIA documents and provide independent oversight of the process. The BOHHA is a bipartisan bill authored by Senator Crapo and Senator Shaheen, with input from the Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs.
Virginia Veterans Service Organizations Host POW/MIA Recognition Day Events.
Coalition's Donna Knox serves as guest speaker.
Special Edition Newsletter
The government’s annual Korean & Cold War Family Briefing
"We therefore call upon the governments of the United States, Russia, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Republic of Korea, to: ...... "
(see the menu above for signatures)
Family Member Presentation
Dorothy Antonelli, Sgt. Peter Patete/Uncle MIA, spoke at the Welcome Home Veterans event, in Ocala, FL.
National POW/MIA Flag Act
Ensure the POW/MIA Flag is displayed with the U.S. Flag on prominent federal properties
Congress: House Res.152
Calling for a Formal end of the Korean War
Tribute to the sacrifices of veterans of the Korean war, its victims, and the families divided; cooperative efforts to repatriate the remains of service members; calls for reunions of divided Korean and Korean-American families, people-to-people exchanges, and continued humanitarian cooperation.
P.O.W. Family Member on Fox & Friends First - Americans Left Behind Following the Korean War
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (NH) - Advocate for the POW/MIA mission.
(February 12, 2019)
In a recent armed services committee hearing, Sen. Shaheen raised the Korean War remains issue with Gen. Abrams, commander of U.S. Forces Korea.
Coalition of Families of Korean War POWs and MIAs, nominates The Richardson Center for Nobel Prize
(February 2, 2019)
State of the Mission
DPAA / Coalition Meeting
The U.S. /Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs Plenum
Update & Review!
Fall 2018 Edition
Donna Knox, Coalition's legislative liaison, met with Senate offices to discuss the Bring Our Heroes Home Act. This declassification legislation was coauthored by the Coalition and if passed, documents with information on POW/MIAs from all modern conflicts will be released!
SPRING 2018 NEWSLETTER
The latest edition of Update & Review is available for your warm weather reading!
FALL 2017 TRIP
Meetings with Congressional offices / DPAA on S.120/Declassification Legislation, Remains Recovery. NCNK Annual Member Meeting.
MISSING MAN CONCERT FUNDRAISER
August 26, 2017
Thanks to all for your support!!