Families meet, hoping for word about MIAs

  • Article by: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 29, 2009 - 10:50 PM

Almost 90,000 troops are still missing from three wars.

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pattayaAug. 29, 09 8:51 PM

Not knowing or being able to put to final rest your loved one must be a hurt that cannot be described in words. I have profiled some of these men who are MIA, and the stories still bring tears to my eyes. I had friends from Pensacola that are still MIA and I will never forget them. One friend was finally discovered in Haiphong Harbor 20 years after his plane went down, and he was returned to his family in California, and it meant so much to his family. This government's efforts are much appreciated by many and one of the good things coming out of our leaders. Don Ward Navy Officer Pattaya, Thailand

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stribmenotAug. 29, 09 9:38 PM

I hope some day they'll find each and every one of those missing men and women.

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nojusticeAug. 30, 09 1:38 AM

They even buried the tunnel rats in the walls of the tunnels! Perhaps "Hannoi Jane" Fonda could tell us where US servicemen are buried in Vietnam!?!?

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qualtroughAug. 30, 09 2:46 AM

When you are being bombed 'back into the stone age' by the most powerful country in the world you probably do not have the time nor the inclination to particularly care about the careful identification of those trying to kill you. I don't think we spent a lot of time identifying those we killed in VN either, since the number of Vietnamese fighters and civilians missing is in the tens if not hundreds of thousands. That is a story we seldom hear of, and a story which I am sure you would not sympathize with. Our participation in that civil war was totally unnecessary and accomplished nothing other than the death of millions, including our soldiers, many of whom were forced to participate against their will. And for what? We are, and have been, best friends forever with the communist Vietnamese government for some time now, with no particular negative affect on the USA. Couldn't you have read this sad article about efforts to help these people find their missing loved ones without injecting such a juvenile and inappropriate comment?

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pashookAug. 30, 09 2:52 AM

How is it possible that we have 78,000 missing from WW2. This is a horrible statistic. Thats 80% of all missing GI's Instead of giving out tax money for new cars, we should spend any funds required to search for our fallen soldiers and deliver closure to the families of these brave souls who gave up their life to protect our freedom..

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briansAug. 30, 09 8:01 AM

of those 78,000 MIA from WW2 I would imagine there has to be thousands of sailors lost at sea. The folks trying to find the MIA's should be commended for tackling an almost impossible job.

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futuricsAug. 30, 0911:10 AM

(I’m a vet myself), we Americans have made such a big a fetish out of having "closure" and finding a body, that it has become both mawkish and impractical. $105 million a year to find 80 to 100 bodies? If not for the sentimentality associated with it, taxpayers would be screaming. People put too much emphasis on having a body to bury. Sure, it's important for people to have various rituals to remember the dead by, but it doesn't seem to me that in order to do those important things you actually have to have a body. Our overly fetishizig the body also extends to the current "leave no man behind" policy. Thus, we put other soldiers in harm’s way, in often tactically unsound actions, in order to retrieve a dead body. Our enemies have learned to use bodies as "bait" with which to target and kill us as we "rescue" bodies. Why do you think that Medics no longer go around with bright red crosses emblazoned all over them? That said, we must also face the fact that many bodies were blown apart or otherwise unceremoniously dumped. And more than the Communists will admit to us, many WWII, Korea and Nam captives were enslaved, plain and simple. I feel for families wanting more closure than they got, but war is never neat and tidy.

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ccschonsAug. 30, 0911:29 AM

Thank you.

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