Reliable Sources

Reliable Sources

(For some of the below referenced sources of information, they have been misplaced over time and are indicated my a strike thru, We will strive to locate these items and welcome anyone who may have a copy)

Library of Congress

The POW/MIA searchable data base. You can use this data base to browse descriptions of documents held by the LOC. Many of these documents are now available online. For items not online, microfilm reels may be sent to your local library though the Inter Library Loan Program.


Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing

A website dedicated to the missing and the families of those lost during the Korean Area - Cold War time frame. Please check out their site and see if for yourself.


American POWs Kept Behind after the Korean War. What Happened to Them?

New site devoted to the issue of our un-returned Korean War POWs. This site is the project of noted researcher and author Mark Sauter.


Coalition of Families of Korean-Cold War POW/MIAs

The Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs pursues answers to the fate of 8000 American soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors still missing-in-action from the Korean and Cold Wars. We are the families of the missing men … brothers, sisters, wives, children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. We assist each other in our individual searches, while helping to shape the nature and scope of the mission overall.


POW Investigative Project

Do you have evidence about the fate of an American serviceman still missing from the Korean War, Cold War or Vietnam War? We’re a group of American journalists and experts seeking to uncover what happened to United States servicemen who were captured alive but never returned during these conflicts. Our focus, and that of many families of missing Americans, is on learning the fate of these men, not fixing blame on those who captured them during wars now long over.


North Korea Freedom Coalition

An estimated 3 million North Koreans have perished under North Korea’s brutal dictatorial regime since the mid-1990s. Families continue to starve to death as the North Korean government withholds food rations to entire regions of the nation. The government arbitrarily detains, tortures, and executes its citizens, including children, in a large network of prison/labor camps. Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans have fled to China to survive, however they live in fear of forced repatriation, imprisonment, and possible execution after repatriation. Children whose parents have died or been separated from them wander the streets in search of food and protection. We must act now.

Documents related to the POW/MIA issues

Release Date January 28, 2014 - Memo dated May 11, 2011 - Memo written by Dr. Jay Silverstein detailing concerns over "Scientific Integrity of Archaeological Fieldwork" in the Lab Section of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. In his memo Dr. Silverstein writes, "There appears to be a pattern of malfeasance of duty and abuse of scientific ethics with regard to archaeological methods in work conducted by the JPAC CIL."

For more click here to read the Silverstein Memo


March 2 2005 -- "....you families have been deceived for the past several years into thinking that no effort is spared and that all live sightings are investigated in a timely manner. This simply could not be further from the truth! In reality, very little to nothing has been done. Although Stony Beach has tried to launch initiatives to truly get to the truth surrounding these live sighting reports, they have been obstructed, discouraged, and stopped at every turn... It is a myth and a lie to believe that Stony Beach is allowed to effectively do their jobs. " For more click here


Feb. 2005 "On 22 May 2002 the group visited Tel Aviv; on 25 May the group traveled to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and on 29 May all concerned traveled to Kuwait. Personnel on the DPMO staff admitted that the sole purpose of the trip was to "get the DASD out of the office!"

During the period 21 May - 31 May 2002, SPEICHER WAS NOT ON THE AGENDA. As a matter of fact, the Israelis took the initiative to bring up the Speicher case. In other words the trip was a boondoggle at taxpayer's expense and had nothing to do with the POW issue." For more click here


2004 Good-bye Note detailing deficiencies within the Defense POW/MIA Office (DPMO) "I am extremely disappointed regarding many aspects of the POW issue...."

Information Provided by Warren Gray, as published in our newsletters of Sept. 11th 18th and 26th, 2004

February 18, 2003 - Fax detailing denial of case work to the Life Science Lab. -- "The lab is being denied casework. This to me is a serious violation of the trust our families have put into our government to solve these cases...."


April 28, 1997 -- Memo from Dr. Timothy Castle, Chief SE Asia Archival Research, DPMO. -- "Unauthorized Contact With Hanoi -- in their efforts to ensure that Hanoi's version is accepted, Mr. Destatte and Lt.Col Shiff have engaged in unauthorized contact with the Vietnamese government and Detachment 2, JTF-FA.... "

March 26, 1996 -- "Background Paper Accountability of Missing Americans from the Korean War, Live Sighting Reports by I.O. Lee of the Defense POW/MIA Office (DPMO). -- "There are too many live sighting reports, specifically observations of several Caucasians in a collective farm by Romanians and the North Korean defectors' eyewitness of Americans in DPRK to dismiss that there are no American POW's in North Korea.

Shortly after writing this memo Mr. Lee was transferred from DPMO.


June 28, 1995 -- Testimony of Michael Janich, formerly of Joint Task Force Full Accounting. -- "BG Needham.... then explained what he called his "80 percent rule." His philosophy, and consequently that of his new command, was that completing a task quickly with an 80 percent standard of success was preferable to completing it perfectly but taking more time. He emphasized that this rule was to be the guiding principle in all JTF operations, including all field investigations. "


October 30, 1992 - Memorandum for the Record "Obstruction of the Investigation" by John F. McCreary, Investigator with the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. "This anticipatory discrediting of a Select Committee potential witness is tantamount to tampering with the evidence.... the Department of Defenses' continuing access to sensitive Committee Staff papers is resulting in obstructions of the investigations by the Senate Select Committee by various agencies of the Executive Branch."


Feb. 12, 1991 -- Resignation Letter of Col. Millard A. (Mike) Peck - "The mindset to debunk is alive and well....."


July 10, 1986 -- Letter from Dr. Samuel Dunlap detailing deficiencies at the Central Identification Lab in Hawaii and failure to follow accepted procedures when identifying remains of POW/MIAs. "The CID documentation you have undoubtedly seen about CILHI has led myself, my two colleagues, Drs. Lundy and Miller and several stateside forensic scientists to the inescapable conclusion that Lt. Col. Webb, Mr. Helgensen and Mr. Furue are incompetent at best..."