To the Editor:

National POW/MIA Recognition Day — a day to remember our nation’s unrecovered prisoners of war from all wars, those missing in action, and their families — is today (Friday).

Ceremonies will be held across the nation as well as in Connecticut. You can even meander through a POW/MIA corn maze in New Jersey.

Most importantly, we must also pause and reflect upon the current direction of the POW/MIA issue. We must consider what is needed to achieve true progress in order to achieve an honorable resolution of the POW/MIA issue.

The Last Known Alive lists must be addressed immediately. Wartime reports and postwar reports must be reviewed with fresh eyes, much like initiating an investigation of a cold case. All evidence and reports must be examined. If there is no evidence of death, the cases must be pursued as last known alive.

An international no-fault policy must be established as a global initiative, for it is clearly the means necessary to achieve repatriation.

Concerning those prisoners who died in captivity (from the UN Ad Hoc Commission on the Questions of Prisoners of War documents) “…such information should include the names of the deceased, the date and cause of death, and the manner and place of burial.”

Once information is provided concerning remains, nonprofit organizations such as History Flight should be involved to assist in the retrieval of remains. Their success on Tarawa is most admirable, and they have the dedication and skills to resolve individual cases with honor and dignity. POW/MIA noted researchers must be a part of the solution.

The declassification of files related to our unrecovered prisoners of war and those who remain missing in action must be immediate.

Kathy Shemeley

President

POW/MIA CT Forget-Me-Nots, Inc.