Joan Dorsey
Contributing columnist
This past Friday, the third Friday of September, was national POW MIA Day. It’s a good time to remember that some of those soldiers we sent to protect our freedom didn’t come home.
Govenor Brownback sent out this notice to media resources. “According to the Defense POW/MIA Account Agency, more than 83,000 American service members remain missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf Wars and other recent conflicts. Many organizations work together to account for all POW/MIAs to either bring their remains home when possible, repatriate living POWs or find conclusive evidence that neither is a possibility. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday of September.”
I don’t remember seeing anything on tv about this.We were too busy watching the circus which is our next election coming up in November.
Enough said.
POW, Prisoner of War, MIA Missing in Action.
Our soldiers who didn’t come home.
Families who still don’t know and didn’t get to say goodby.
Back during the Johnson County Free Fair in the early 70’s – or maybe late 60’s – a booth from the POW MIA group handed out metal bracelets stamped with the name of a soldier who hadn’t returned.
Their fate was unknown.
About 83,000 of them since WWII. That is a lot of unaccounted for people. A lot of families who just never knew what happened.
There is a web site you can search for and see the list from Kansas of the 19 accounted for who were returned from North Vietnam, South Vietnam and Laos. There are 24 who are still listed as not returned, missing. They are listed by state and war.
It was a sobering fact of war back then and even more today. Some people never come home, some come home damaged and in need of assistance. Some came home from Vietnam to harassment and scorn.
The site is
It is an interesting read.
So as you think of those you have known who served our country, think also of those who never came back. As they say, some gave all.