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POW/MIA Recognition Day at Goodfellow
U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing conduct a missing man formation during the POW/MIA retreat ceremony, Sept. 15, 2023, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The 56th FW capped off its 24-hour vigil with a retreat ceremony, featuring the missing man formation, as
U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Keith Clay, left, 49th Communication Squadron senior enlisted leader and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mary Mines, 49th Command Post senior enlisted leader, run in honor of prisoners of war and service members missing in action for POW/MIA Recognition Day at Holloman
The remains of a once considered unrecoverable World War II pilot returned home after missing for just over three-fourths of a century. Army Air Corps 2nd Lt. Henry D. Mitchell, who was shot down over Austria in 1944 during World War 2 and presumed Killed in Action, has been found.
Members of the Joint Base San Antonio community took part in a 5K run commemorating Prisoners of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day Sept. 18, 2021, at Heritage Park on JBSA-Randolph.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day — which usually falls on the third Friday in September — was established in 1979 to honor those service members who were held captive and returned, as well as those who remain missing.
On Oct. 25, 1967, now retired Lt. Col. Richard “Gene” Smith and his wingmen had orders to bomb the Paul Doumer Bridge in North Vietnam; the bridge was a mile long and one of the most heavily defended positions in Southeast Asia.