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FC: THE POW/MIA ISSUE | By: Shaun Jackson and Courtney Mayfield

1: Background... | The Vietnam War POW/MIA issues concerns the fate of United States servicemen who were reported as missing in action during the Vietnam war and the American prisoners of war, who were captured by the Japanese. | The U.S listed about 1,350 Americans as prisoners of war or missing in action, and roughly 1,200 Americans were reported killed in action and their bodies were never reovered.

2: (MIA) Missing in action- a casualty Category assigned under the Status of Missing to armed service personnel who are reported missing during active service | Many soldiers during the Vietnam war may have been killed or wounded or become a POW, or deserted. If deceased, neither their remains nor their grave could be positively and/or accurately identified. During the Vietnam war many of these soldiers were airmen who were shot down over North Vietnam or Laos.

3: (POW)-a prisoner of war, a person; whether they be civilian or combatant, who is held in custody by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. | The Americans taken captive by the Japanese, during the Vietnam war were treated horribly. They were forced to endure harsh labor, treatment, as well as living conditions. They were treated as slaves, or prisoners who had committed a horrible crime. Many POWs were not lucky enough to make it out of the camps. But the ones who were will never forget the harsh treatments they had to endure.

4: The loss of theses soldiers did not only affect the U.S government or the army itself, it left huge heartbreak for those people, which the missing persons had left behind. | For many, the loss of their loved ones was the worst thing that could have ever happened to them. Many were left with unanswered questions about what may have happened to their loved one, or where they were now. Many people were unable to give their loved ones a proper burial or memorial because of the uncertainty of their whereabouts or the inability to identify their body.

5: In 1971, Mrs. Mary Hoff, an MIA wife and member of the National League of American Prisoners and Missing in southeast Asia recognized the need for a symbol of our POW/MIAS. Many people were very sympathetic to the POW/MIA issue and worked together, along with an advertising agency to design a flag to represent the missing men. | The flag is black, bearing in the center, in black and white, the emblem of the League. The emblem is a white disk bearing in black silhouette the bust of a man, watch tower with a guard holding a rifle, and a strand of barbed wire; above the disk are the white letters POW and MIA framing a white 5-pointed star, below the disk is a black and white wreath above the white motto, YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. | In 1988, National POW/MIA recognition day was installed in the United States.

6: Works Cited | Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Web. 03 Apr. 2012. . "The History of." THE VIETNAM WAR POW/MIA FLAG HISTORY. Web. 03 Apr. 2012. .

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