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U.S. Continues To Try To Free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

At a recent press conference in the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta reiterated that the United States Government is "doing everything possible" to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who is a listed as a Prisoner Of War (POW) held by the Taliban.

 Sgt-Bowe Bergdahl

The article also mentioned that "Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the same press conference that he has met with members of the sergeant’s family in his office and has corresponded with family members several times."

You can learn more about this situation via Google News.

Missing In Action (MIA) Updates From DPMO

Pow_no_border The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) has an updated list their 2009 press releases related to identification of missing soldiers and airmen from the Korean War, World War II, and Vietnam.

The DPMO also maintains a comprehensive list of POW/MIA links.

Summary of Recent Veteran News

The Times Leader notes "honorably discharged Merchant Marine veterans of World War II are eligible for a one-time, $500 cash bonus from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs."

Vietnam Veterans of America Post 278 recently hosted a 13th annual Ride to Remember for Korea/Vietnam War Memorial in Texarkana, TX (very close to AK).

Rain did not stop a recent veteran's ceremony at Elyria Veterans Memorial in Elyria, Ohio. World War II veteran Don Pond gave a speech on his experiences being shot down and captured over Germany in WWII. [chronicle-telegram]

Frank Pimentel of Exeter, NH is getting is WWII dog tags lost 60 yeas ago on Christmas Island in the South Pacific. [sun-chronicle]

George Johnson the last living World War I veteran in California has died at the age of 112. [google]  Other veteran passings include:

  • Rudy Snyder who served as a WWII tank driver with Company D, 709th Battalion. [indystar]
  • Doris Tennant Westcott a leader during WWII in the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES). [latimes]
  • Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Harry Goodall was killed on Sept. 2, 2006 while piloting his own aircraft in Texas.