Accession Number:

ADA458357

Title:

POWs and MIAs: Status and Accounting Issues

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

This report summarizes numbers of U.S. prisoners of war POWs and service members missing in action MIAs lost during the Vietnam War 1961-1973 and the Korean War 1950-1953, compares these losses to other 20th century American wars, and describes the POWMIA investigation and policy process. It discusses reports asserting that some POWs from these wars were not returned to U.S. control when the wars ended, and that some of these individuals may still be alive. Further, it discusses Americans possibly captured by communist countries during Cold War incidents, or after being liberated from German POW camps at the end of World War II, and whether any such Americans could still be alive. It also summarizes POWMIA matters and controversies related to post-Cold War U.S. military operations, particularly the 1991 Persian Gulf War the ongoing Operation Enduring Freedom that began on October 7, 2001, when the United States began combat operations against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom that began on March 19, 2003. Finally, the report describes legislation and congressional oversight concerning the POWMIA issue.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE