JPAC hosts POW/MIA recognition at 10 a.m.

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
National POW-MIA Recognition Day

National POW-MIA Recognition Day

Joint POW/MIA Accounting CoMMand
Public Affairs Office

HONOLULU — The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command will honor our nation’s heroes and commemorate National POW/MIA Recognition Day, today (Sept. 20), 10 a.m., at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

This year’s program will be led by Air Force Maj. Gen. Kelly McKeague, commander, JPAC.

The keynote speaker, former Air Force pilot Guy Gruters, was a prisoner of war for five years during the Vietnam War. He completed more than 400 combat missions and was shot down twice during his service. He was captured after his second shoot down on Dec. 20, 1967, and held as a prisoner of war for five years. He was ultimately released as part of Operation Homecoming in 1973.

Highlights at this year’s Recognition Day include a wreath laying ceremony, speeches and a rendition of taps played in honor of former prisoners of war and those still missing in action. Organizations are welcome to participate in the wreath laying ceremony by laying a wreath or flowers.

The ceremony is free and open to the public. Appropriate attire for the event is military Class B or service equivalent, or civilian casual or aloha wear.

The ultimate goal of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, and of the agencies involved in returning America’s heroes home, is to conduct global search, recovery and laboratory operations in order to support the Department of Defense’s personnel accounting efforts … “Until They Are Home.”

Online Resources

Review frequently asked questions and learn more about “keeping the promise” to POW/MIA Americans. Visit these sites:

www.dtic.mil/dpmo/ and

www.jpac.pacom.mil/.

POW/MIAs

Falling directly under U.S. Pacific Command and employing more than 450 joint military and civilian personnel, JPAC continues its search for missing Americans from past conflicts.

Since 2003, JPAC has identified more than 740 Americans. Combined with the efforts of its predecessor units, close to 1,830 Americans have been identified since the accounting effort began in the 1970s.

Here are current statistics:

•World War II: 73,661

•Korean War: 7,906

•Cold War: 126

•Vietnam War: 1,644

•Iraq & Other Conflicts: 6

There are approximately 84,000 missing service members from our nation’s past conflicts.

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