Today is POW/MIA Recognition Day, which is observed on the third Friday in September in honor of prisoners of war and those still missing in action.
In this photo from 1973, these American servicemen, former prisoners of war, are cheering as their aircraft takes off from an airfield near Hanoi, Vietnam, as part of Operation Homecoming. This Operation made possible the return of 591 American prisoners of war held by North Vietnam, some of whom had been held for up to 8 years.
Today, more than 83,000 Americans are still missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the 1991 Gulf War. The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office continues to try to locate the missing, sometimes doing research at the National Archives at St. Louis, where military service records are held.
Image: “Hanoi, North Vietnam….American servicemen, former prisoners of war, are cheering as their aircraft takes off from an airfield near Hanoi as part of Operation Homecoming., 02/1973”
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