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The President Meets with POW-MIA Family Members

 

To ensure that the plight of America’s prisoners of war and missing in action was not forgotten, a brave and determined group of wives and other family members formed the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia. On December 12, 1969, President and Mrs. Nixon met with members of this group representing of the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia, including Mrs. Maureen A. Dunn, Sybil E. Stockdale, and Phyllis E. Galanti. It would be more than three years following this meeting before John Stockdale and Paul Galanti would be released. Joseph Dunn, whose unarmed plane was shot down over the South China Sea was never recovered.


 

 

 

 

President Nixon meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with representatives of the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia. Participants include Mrs. James Stockdale, Mrs. Joseph Dunn and Mrs. Paul Galanti, May 15, 1972.


While prisoners endured terrible hardships, their families fought to keep their memories alive and to make sure that their release was a national priority.  The many ways of remembering POWs included bumper stickers, badges, flags and memory bracelets which thousands of Americans wore.  Of the men represented by the bracelets on display, Capt. Lawrence Barbay, Lt. Col. James Kasler, Pfc. Gustav Mehrer, and Lt. Cmdr. Paul Galanti returned.  Lt. Col., Earl Grenzbach, Lt. Col. Patrick Wood, and Capt. Frederick J. Sutter remain unaccounted for. Bumper stickers and buttons courtesy of Lee Humiston

The Republican, October 1970.  The article, opened to page 16-17, illustrates President Nixon’s actions encouraging a national discussion on the plight of the prisoners of war in Vietnam. 

 

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