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50 years after start of Vietnam War, US presses to recover remains

By Wyatt Olson
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 19, 2012

DANANG, Vietnam - Colleen Shine was only 8 when her father’s jet was shot out of the sky over Vietnam in 1972.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shine was declared missing in action after the A-7D reconnaissance jet he was piloting disappeared over jagged mountains near the border of Laos.

“My mother didn’t know if she was a wife or a widow, and we didn’t know if my dad might walk back in that door,” recalled his daughter, who became an activist with the National League of POW/MIA Families in the following years.

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Press release
Soldier Missing from Korean War Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

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Presidential Proclamation: National POW/MIA Recognition Day
September 16, 2011

In every conflict in which our Nation has been involved, selfless American service members have sacrificed their lives for the sake of our country and its principles. Too many have never come home, or have endured unthinkable hardship as prisoners of war. On this day, we echo the creed inscribed on the black and white banners that fly in honor of America's Prisoners of War and Missing in Action, and we renew our promise to our heroes, that "You Are Not Forgotten."

We will never give up the search for those who are held as prisoners of war or have gone missing under our country's flag. We honor their sacrifice, and we must care for their families and pursue the fullest possible accounting for all missing members of our Armed Forces. Together, we must serve our Nation's patriots as well as they have served us by supporting them when they come home, and by carrying on the legacy of those who do not. This is a promise we keep for our fallen, for our veterans past and present, and for all those whose loved ones have not returned from the battlefield.

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laos hands over remains of 89 vietnamese soldiers to nghe an

The Laotian Government officially organised a requiem and handed over the remains of 89 Vietnamese soldiers to Nghe An province, in Laos Xiengkuang province on January 5.

Present at the event were Laotian Deputy Minister of National Defense, Chansamon Channhalath, and thousands of people from Xiengkuang and Nghe An provinces.

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Remains of Vietnam POWs-MIAs identified

Howes and Hewitt were last two from Starke County

KNOX -- For more than 40 years, Chief Warrant Officer George Andres "Andy" Howes and Staff Sgt. Sam Hewitt were missing in Vietnam.

Now, in an amazing coincidence, the remains of last two Vietnam POW-MIAs from Starke County have been identified just three months apart.

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