As of 10 November 2009, 1727 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam War

                   


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This page is dedicated to all veterans of the United States Armed Forces.  I have created Honor Pages for all of Florida's Vietnam-era and Desert Storm POW/MIAs.  There are a total of 61 still unaccounted for (60 from Vietnam, 1 from Desert Storm). Since beginning this project I have verified through the Defense Department that 8 remains have been returned, they are listed below.  I have left their honor page intact.  There are a total of 70 Honor Pages from Vietnam/Desert Storm eras. 69 of the Honor Pages are military, 1 Civilian.  

There are presently 162 POW/MIA Floridians from the Korean War, and 3 POW/MIA Floridians from the Cold War.  Grand total from the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and Desert Storm add up to 226 displaced Floridians.  We need to bring them all home!

This page is very graphics intense, so please let all the images load before you look at the Honor Pages.  I apologize in advance, but I feel all the graphics were necessary to fully portray the theme surrounding this page.  If you're on a dial-up connection I suggest you get up, stretch your legs, get a cup of coffee, walk the dog, call and thank a Vet, whatever you want, but please let them load.

I obtained many of these images from Doc's, Ron Fleischer, the Old Sarge, Raptors Nest and some from the public domain.  Unlike some sites, you may right-click on this page.  I wanted this page to be worthy of our POW/MIAs and all Veterans.  I hope you enjoy the presentation and the honor pages I created for my heroes.

                  

The above left graphic pertains to 61 of the below listed Heroes.  The graphic on the right represents the 8 whose remains have been returned home.  All 70 POW/MIAs listed have an Honor page.  They are very gut-wrenching.  Be prepared.  Initial biographical and loss information on POWs provided by Operation Just Cause and this site has been supplied by Chuck and Mary Schantag of POWNET.  Also used was information from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  Biographical information is also supplied via Scope Systems, and Task Force Omega

Air and Sea Craft photos courtesy of http://www.farfromglory.com/aircraft.htm#O.

To return or search for a POW Bracelet please check out  http://thewall-usa.com/bracelet/

Virtual Bracelets courtesy of Ohio POW/MIA

Name rubbings courtesy of http://www.vietnamwall.org/index.html and http://vvmf.org (Read and Kerr)

Click here to see a random photo collage of Florida's POW/MIA

Author David Lee Thompson's Account of his tour in Vietnam - an exceptional read

A tribute to a Vietnam Veteran friend of mine whose helmet saved his life

Click here to see a random photo collage of the Air and Sea craft used by Florida's POW/MIA

Click here to see Unit Patches worn by Florida's POW/MIA

My letter to the White House regarding three of the men below who are not listed in the DOD Database

My letter to Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush, his office's reply and subsequent mail sent to Sen. Nelson (D) Florida.

 

 

 

This picture is from the Memorial Day Parade, 2005 in Mishawaka Indiana

This picture was taken of the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall in D.C., 2005

Please click here to visit my Online Photo Albums of the below events:

 Click for Ha Noi, Viet Nam Forecast

 Click for Da Nang, Viet Nam Forecast

 Click for Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam Forecast

Of the following list of Floridians lost from the Vietnam War, 25 were lost in South Vietnam, 22 in Laos, 18 in North Vietnam and 4 in Cambodia.  The whereabouts of Capt Speicher from Desert Storm is unknown.  In case you are wondering, Ho Chi Minh City and Saigon are one and the same.

Of the 69 missing from the Vietnam War, 53 were aircraft losses, 2 sea craft, and 14 ground losses.  Capt Speicher was piloting an FA-18 when he went missing the first night of the Gulf War.

      

        

     

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Click above to listen to POW/MIA Radio every Sunday on The American Freedom Network. They also broadcast on KHNC-AM, 1360khz, Johnstown, Colorado. 10,000 watts, and on Satellite G13, Transponder 4, audio 7.7.

Click here to visit my Korean War Tribute Page

Click here to visit my World War II Tribute Page

Preamble of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

"IN HONOR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES WHO SERVED IN THE VIETNAM WAR. THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES AND OF THOSE WHO REMAIN MISSING ARE INSCRIBED IN THE ORDER THEY WERE TAKEN FROM US."

As of May 2005, there are 58,249 names on the Wall

67 American Women Died during the Vietnam War, 59 Civilian - 8 Military

 


Visit www.WomenInVietnam.com for more information

 

8 July 1959 - 2 American soldiers killed and one wounded during a Viet Minh attack 20 miles north of Saigon.

13 May 1961 - President Kennedy orders 100 "special forces" troops to South Vietnam.

22 Dec 1961 - SP4 James Davis of Livingston, Tennessee killed by Viet Cong later called by President Johnson "The first American to fall in defense of our freedom in Vietnam".

27 Jan  1973 - Official end of Vietnam war. Between 27 Jan and 29 Mar a total of 587 military and civilian prisoners were released by the North Vietnamese, and during that same period, 23,500 US troops were withdrawn from South Vietnam.

29 Mar 1973 - 67 more U.S. POWs were freed in Hanoi. The same day, the U.S. withdrew its remaining troops from South Vietnam. This date also marked the actual end of military involvement in Vietnam.

29 Apr  1975 - Last American soldier killed in Vietnam.

Regarding the above dates, which were previously unknown to me, I have now been made aware of this new information provided by Doc Stevens and Louise Wilson.

 

This below listed site has an outstanding historical background on the Vietnam War: http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/vietnam/index.html

 

 

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As of 10 November 2009, the number is 1727

      

 

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A Tribute To Veterans

In Vietnam, Korea and World Wars Past
Our Men Fought Bravely so Freedom Would Last
Conditions Were Not Always Best They Could Be
Fighting a Foe You Could Not Always See:

From Mountain Highs to Valley Lows
From Jungle Drops to Desert Patrols

Our Sinewy Sons Were Sent Over Seas
Far From Their Families And Far From Their Dreams
They Never Wrote Letters Of Hardships Despair
Only Of Love, Yearning That One Day Soon:

They Would Come Home, They Would Resume
And Carry On With The Rest of Their Lives

The P.O.W.šS Stood Steadfast
Against the Indignities And Cruelties Of War
They Could Not Have Lasted as Long as They Did
If They Had Relinquished Their Hope That Some Day:

They Would Come Home, They Would Resume
And Carry On the Rest Of Their Lives

Medics, Nurses, and Chaplains Alike
Did What They Needed To Bring Back Life
They Served Our Forces From Day Into Night
Not Questioning If They Would Survive:

They Mended Bones And Bodies Too,
They Soothed the Spirits of Dying Souls

And for Those M.I.AšS, Who Were Left Behind
We Echo This Message Across the Seas
We Will search For as Long As It Takes
Youšre Not Forgotten And Will Always Be:

In Our Hearts, In Our Prayers,
In Our Minds For All Time

A Moment of Silence, a Moment of Summons
Is Their Deliverance of Body And Soul
To a Sacred Place That We All Know
Deep In the Shrines of Our Soul:

In Our Hearts, In Our Prayers
In Our Minds For All Time

INTERLUDE:
GOLD STAR MOTHERS GRIEVE: ENDLESSLY,
ENDLESSLY, ENDLESSLY.......

These Immortalized Soldiers Whose Bravery Abounds
Theyšre Our Husbands, Fathers, and Sons
They Enlisted For the Duty at Hand
To Serve the Cause of Country and Land:

They Had Honor, They Had Valor,
They Found Glory That Change Them Forever

Men Standing Tall and Proud They be
A Country Behind Them in a Solemn Sea
So Let the Flags of Freedom Fly
Unfurled in Their Majesty High:

In the Sun, In the Rain
In the Winds Across This Land

Years of Tears Has Brought Us Here
Gathering Around to Hear This Sound
So Let the Flags of Freedom Fly
Unfurled in Their Majesty High:

In the Sun, In the Rain,
In the Winds Across This Land

REPEAT:

In the Sun, In the Rain,
In the Winds For All Time

Jerry Calow (copyright 2003)
 

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Another site devoted solely to Florida POW/MIA

Also see Larry's Lounge at  http://home.comcast.net/~piglt/remember.html for additional bios.

Library of Congress Vietnam-Era POW/MIA Database

Click here for a PDF file to the Defense Dept list of Florida Vietnam-Era POW/MIAs  You may download a PDF Viewer from the Adobe acrobat link on my freeware page.  The POW/MIA file is current as of 15 January 2005.

Click to read a poem entitled "A Soldier Died Today"

Click to see the National POW/MIA Day Posters 1999-2005

Combat Vets - They have a section called "The Wall".  It has PDF files to every name that is located on either the West or the East panels of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office

 

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It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves under the flag, and whose

coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

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