Bits 'N' Pieces 1999

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National Alliance of Families

For the Return of America's Missing Servicemen

+ World War II + Korea + Cold War + Vietnam +

BITS N PIECES 1999

Welcome to Bits N Pieces, the newsletter of the National Alliance of Families for the Return of America's Missing Servicemen. Please note that any and all information contained on our pages are available for downloading and distribution. In fact, we encourage it.

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November 20, 1999

The National Alliance of Families Mourns the Passing of .... Servicemen Accounted For.... "In War The First Casualty Is Truth..." The Liars Win...


November 6, 1999

Hearing On Cuban Participation In The Torture Of American POWs In Vietnam.... Destatte Says -- English Language Program "Gone Awry"... Former POW Mike Benge Says -- "I Have Taught English To The Vietnamese And Have Been Tortured By The Vietnamese And I Can Tell The Difference Between The Two".... Damage Control.... North Korea Repatriates Remains... Johnnie Webb Says.... We Say - Why Does Johnnie Webb Still Have A Job... Date For Our Forum 2000....


October 23, 1999

Hearing Scheduled.... Ex-POW Says He Was Tortured By Cuban... Thanks to Congressman Gilman and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen... Special Thanks to Former POW Mike Benge... Sad Commentary - "1/3 In U.S. Say It's Ok To Torture POWs... Punchbowl Exhumations... What You May Not Know... Masterson Update.... Let's Get This Straight... Oops, Correlation Error... If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Vietnam... Show Your Support... C-Span Tapes Available... Date For Our Forum 2000....


October 9, 1999

National Alliance of Families Mourns the Passing of John Van Wees.... North Korea To Return Remains... What About The Live POWs... Too Many Live Sightings... To Dismiss That There Are No POWs IN North Korea... POW Transfers to the Soviet Union.... DPMO Says No.... JCSD And The Intelligence Community Say "The Books Remain Open..." China To Cooperate... Start With Dumas And Desautels... Where Is Dallas Pridemore... Pridemore and Mc Donnell, What Do They Have In Common... The Men Of "Project X"... We Have To Ask... POW/MIA.... Date For Our Forum 2000....


September 25, 1999

National Alliance of Families Mourns the Passing of Adrian Fisch.... DOD And DPMO Shift The Focus... Flash!!! It's The Live POWs.... It's POW/MIA.... Thanks to AMVETS For Remembering.... Tomb Of The Unknown Dedicated... Not Invited... No Unknowns... Memo - Then & Now... Where Are They Now... Exhumations Begin At The Punchbowl... Why Stop At 100.... What About Louis Mutta...


HOT NEWS!

September 11, 1999

"Referenced report provided information of urgent political sensitivity," so reads a Defense Intelligence Agency message sent to USDAO Saigon Vietnam on June 15, 1973. Only evidence of American POWs left behind in Vietnam would warrant a message of "Urgent Political Sensitivity." That was the situation facing DIA in June of 1973.


The next time someone asks you to name one American Serviceman


left behind in Southeast Asia, name just one....


Look them straight in the eye and say


Captain John T. McDonnell United States Army


Last Known Duty Station --- Vietnamese Prison Camp


Location -- Ba To, Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam


Last Seen Mid To Late February 1973


And He Was Not Alone!



If you want the facts, if you want to view the evidence, click here


September 4, 1999

Jane Duke Gaylor Passes... The Navy Called Leonard Gene Smith A Deserte... The New York Police Department Called Him John Doe And Buried Him In New York's Potters Field... Let's Right This Injustice... Thanks To Ted Sampley For Bringing This Story to Public Attention... They're Awful Free With The "D" Word... What Dulles Had To Say... "You May Desire Inform Soviets Without Revealing Source That We Have Reliable Accounts Transfers POW's Manchouli...." What The State Department Said In 1955... Who Gets Full Cooperation...Albright to Visit Hanoi... Is Bill Clinton Next... Servicemen Accounted For... Lie And Deny.... Don't Miss The Next Bits 'N' Pieces Sept. 11th....


July 24, 1999

Two Servicemen Lost In Kosovo... Can't Believe We Did That, Sorry Mike... C-Span Tape Available... Our Meeting - Who Wasn't There... Serviceman Identified... Jackson - Vanick... Human Rights, Freedom of Religion and Freedom of the Press - Vietnamese Style... The Me$$age... The Vote... Lie And Deny - They Do It Again... Let's Get This Straight... Goin' Fishing - It's Vacation Time.


June 26, 1999

Reward For Milosevic... Reward For Terrorists... No Reward For POWs... Congress Votes 415-5 to Direct State Department To Investigate Case of 3 Israeli MIA's... Alliance Provides Document Regarding Movement of PWs To North Vietnam To POW Family Who State's "I've Never Seen This Before...." The Meeting - A Roaring Success.... C-Span Was There.... We Pulled A Rabbit Out Of The Hat....


June 5, 1999

Remember, We Have A New E-Mail Address... Congratulations To The Ladies And Gentlemen Of Rolling Thunder... More Documents... It's That Time Again.... Our 10th Annual POW/MIA Forum... Confirmed Speaker - Dr. Timothy Castle, Author Of "One Day Too Long".... Join Us In D.C.... Remember Our Meetings Are Open To the Public At No Charge.... Message of Thanks.... Servicemen Accounted For.... Finn to Bring Home Green Beret POW/MIA....


May 22, 1999

We Have A New E-Mail Address... Clinton Says Thanks... Too Little Too Late... 7th South Korean POW Escapes The North... North Korea Repatriates Remains.... What About The Live POWs In North Korea... DOD Establishes Policy for Disinterment of Unidentified Remains.... mt-DNA, When Will They Get It Right... mt-DNA And Burnt Remains, Can They Or Can't They.... Alliance Tenth Annual Forum....


May 8, 1999

Home And Free, Our Yugoslav POWs Ramirez, Stone, And Gonzalez Are Back On U.S. Soil... To The Rev. Jesse Jackson And His Delegation, We Say THANK YOU... Sad News... Casualties in the Balkans... Former POW Ted Guy And Mary Jolidon Pass... Live POWs - Pennsylvania State Hearings... Dolores Alfond Testifies... Mutta Update.... Thought For The Day.... More On Our Returned POWs... Alliance Tenth Annual Forum....


April 17, 1999

Ramirez, Stone, And Gonzalez - POW's Day 18... Don't Make Waves... Why Can't Clinton and Albright Use the "P" Word... Were Other Americans Seized by Serb Troops.... Survey Update - Ground Troops Yes or No.... Six Vietnam POW/MIA's Identified... One Family Disputes Findings... "One Day Too Long" - A Must Read... Bring Him Home Alive Act S-484 Needs Your Support... POW Bracelets Available.... Alliance Tenth Annual Forum....


April 11, 1999

S/Sgt. Andrew Ramirez, S/Sgt. Christopher Stone, Spec. Steven Gonzalez - POW's Day 11... Were Our New POW's Setup..... Survey - Ground Troops Yes or No.... The Russians... Another South Korean POW Escapes The North... Dumas, Desautels & Glasser - They Finally Asked... Remains Identified... One Family's Questions.... Bring Him Home Alive Act S-484 Needs Your Support... POW Bracelets Available.... Alliance Tenth Annual Forum....


April 3, 1999

S/Sgt. Andrew Ramirez, S/Sgt. Christopher Stone, Spec. Steven Gonzalez - POW's in Yugoslavia... We Support Our Troops In "Operation Allied Force"..... POW Bracelets Available.... "Illegal Detainees" vs. POWs Come On DOD.... "Armed International Conflict"..... Timeline From The Office of Senator Bob Smith... Press Release From Lt. Col. Robin Higgins, wife of Col. William (Rich) Higgins U.N. Peacekeeper, Lebanon - Captured and Murdered by Terrorists.... Alliance Tenth Annual Forum....


March 20, 1999

Senators Request Official Change Of Status For Gulf War POW/MIA Michael Speicher... "This Account Is The First Believable Story Of The Possibility Of Live American POW's In The LPRD That Has Been Heard Since 1975"... Coming Soon Debate On The Renewal Of The Jackson Vanick Waiver For Vietnam... Three Vietnam POW/MIAs Identified... Three World War II POW/MIAs Identified... mT-DNA Update.... Can The Government Identify X-656... Let's Help This Family Get Answers... Bring Louis Mutta Home... It's Amazing - Kieper - Keiper Sloppy, Sloppy, Sloppy... Alliance Tenth Annual Forum....


March 6, 1999

Get Well Wishes to Jane Gaylor... We Did It... Next Battle "Free The JCSD..." Can The Government Identify X-656... Let's Help This Family Get Answers... How Can We Stop Government Officials From Telling This Lie... Decision Due on Tomb Of Vietnam Unknown... Co-Sponsors Needed For S-484 The "Bring Him Home Alive Act of 1999".... Contact Your Senator... Money Talks....


February 23rd, 1999

We Did It.... We Did... It... Thanks To Your Support... Norm Kass Reinstated...


February 20, 1999

Alliance Mourns The Passing... Save The JCSD... Your Help Needed... DPMO Implies... DPMO Lies... What They Think Of Us... "Conspiracy Crowd..." "Conspiracy Artists..." Norman Kass Did Not, Repeat Did Not, Request A Transfer... Dance With The Devil... Does CIA Have Evidence Corroborating Volkogonov Papers... Who Do You Want Following The Lead... Why We Need The Hall Lawsuit... Order "One Day Too Long" Now... Photo of Airman Identified.... Sixth South Korean POW Escapes The North... Pro POW/MIA President In The White House... Videos... Our Annual Forum...


February 5, 1999

Punishing Success... DPMO Attempts to Dismantle Joint Commission Support Directorate... Volkogonov Papers - The Final Nail In The JCSD Coffin... DPMO Ignores Senator Smith and Congressman Johnson... He Said, He Said... Waiting For Us to Disappear... POW Investigations As We Know Them To End In 2004... This Is Our Line In The Sand... The Decision To Save The JCSD Is Yours.... See How You Can Help..... It Is Now Up To You...


January 23, 1999

Better Access To Vietnamese Film Archives... We Hope So... Speaking of Photos... Can We Identify These POWs... Are The Russians Trying.... The Russian List Of 41 Revisited... Estonians And Ukrainians.... Don't Forget - Order Your Copy of "One Day Too Long"... New Search In Laos... Alliance 10th Annual Forum This June...


January 9, 1999

National Alliance Mourns The Passing Of Mary Hall... Project Heavy Green - Lima Site 85 - New Book "One Day Too Long" A Must Read... Clinton Talks The Talk... Will He Walk The Walk... Servicemen Accounted For... Questionable Identification or Good ID.... DNA IS Not Conclusive Proof... Thanks To All Our Supporters... There Will Be A National Alliance Of Families Forum....