Colonel John J. Dunn

For a long time now an attempt to cause the MOH to be awarded to Colonel John J. Dunn has been undertaken by relatives and some of the Tiger Survivors.  This project has taken a large step in the past few days and the paperwork is on its way to Washington. Colonel Dunn, then a Major, was captured after being shot two times in the jaw and face area.  Despite his wounds he took over command of the group from the 24th Infantry Division (mostly).  Such action would normally mean death at some point.  The North Koreans were killing a lot of POWs in those days.  ( Much like today except they are killing their own people) This group of POWs came to be known as the Tiger Survivors. 58 % perished in captivity.  81 multi national civilians were with us as well. All through this terrible ordeal Major Dunn was held responsible for the entire group.  He organized the group into sections as allowed by the North Korans.  This  was an important part of our survival.  Many many other things happened along the way as you can well imagine. The most outstanding incident regarding Major Dunn was when some Chinese and Russian Army officers came to our camp in the spring of 1951.  They had a meeting with Major Dunn and Captain Boysen (Medical Doctor).  Ironically the Tiger was not invited.  Apparently news of the Tiger atrocities had reached the outside world and these Russians and Chinese officers were investigating this. (in my humble opinion). During this meeting ( remember 220 of us had died the previous winter at Hanjang-nee including an American Bishop Patrick Byrne), Major Dunn took a chance thinking he could stop the killings and deaths among our group, and told them about the activities of the Tiger.  Major Dunn actually thought this would cause his death but instead the Tiger was actually relieved of his command and departed with all the NK guards and officers who were considered the bad ones.  In the fall of 1951 we were turned over to the Chinese Army POW camps at Chang Song North Korea.  The officers were taken to the officers camp.  Only 10 more of us died under Chinese control and the cause of death was brought with them from the Koreans. Major Dunn was a tough man and used to box bare knuckle to get...
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Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura VA Clinic

In June 2015, the VA Clinic in Gallup, New Mexico was dedicated the “Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura VA Clinic” in honor of Medal of Honor Recipient and Former Korean War Ex-POW, Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura. Hershey, Senator Heinrich and US Congressman Ben Ray Lujan Jr. cutting the ribbon to officially open the facility. Hershey with US Senator from New Mexico Martin Heinrich Hershey with US Senator from New Mexico Martin Heinrich Hershey with US Senator from New Mexico Martin Heinrich Hershey and Kenneth P. Riege taking a tour of the new VA Clinic facility Photos provided by Kenneth...
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Charles B. Elder to receive Purple Heart 65 years after being wounded in Korea

  http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-co-purple-heart-20150622-story.html   OPEN INVITATION Local Veteran to receive Purple Heart 65 years after being wounded in Korea. Celebrate this amazing event at the Jacksonville Senior Center, Sweet Air Road Phoenix, MD, June 22, 2015 at 1:00 PM . Award will be made by Rear Admiral Dale Horan. Charles B. Elder Born July 27,1927 I was raised on the Elder Farm on Hydes Road, Baltimore County, Maryland. The farm was apples, peaches and poultry. Education: Attended a 2 room school on Manor Road until Carroll Manor School opened in 1935. Started in 3rd grade and went to Towson High School in 1941 and graduated in 1945. Attended Baltimore Engineering Institute for 3 years obtaining a certificate. Hopkins McCoy College 1947 to 1948. Worked at home on farm. Enlisted in 1949 at the Towson Armory. Inducted into the service at Fort Meade. Completed basic training at Camp Picket, VA. After a 30 day leave I had to report to Fort Ord, CA. for deployment overseas. My records were lost so I was sent to Camp Stoneman, CA for a second basic training. In late 1950 returned to San Francisco, CA for shipment to Japan. We arrived in Southern Japan in the town of Sasebo. Went by boat to Pusan in southern Korea. Transported by train to front lines in April. Captured by North Koreans on Heartbreak Ridge, North of the 38th Parallel. I was wounded the day I was captured. I walked for a while until unable to walk any further. I was put on an ox cart as we zig zag back and forth across Korea to the prison camp. We marched for 25-30 days before reaching the prison camp. Operated on by North Koreans on the march in hut using kitchen utensils and holding down my arms and legs with no anesthetic. There were 8 to 10 on single ox cart during March. I was the only one to survive March to the prison camp. Chic Chikami who lives in Winter Park, Florida was my platoon leader said I smelled horrible, my hip was full of infection and maggots. To pass the time I was forced to attend propaganda classes. Able ones were sent on wood detail, carrying wood for the Chinese to keep warm. We were turned over to the Chinese when we got to prison camp. It was cold in winter – 40 to 50 below...
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Korean War MIA Accounting lists

On the DPAA (Defense Prisoner of War/MIA Accounting Agency, they have lists of all accounted for and unaccounted for MIA from the Korean War. Visit the page.
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Veterans Heritage Project

This is a program in 12 high schools in Arizona where high school students interview veterans then write and publish the veterans stories in their annual book. It is an amazing program that connects students with veterans and also gives an opportunity to tell their story to our young generation of Americans. There are many schools in Phoenix and Tucson who participate in this program. Here’s their website: http://veteransheritage.org/ If any of the Korean Ex-POWs Association members are interested in being interviewed, please have them contact the founder, Barbara Hatch at...
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Nielsen-Henderson List

We’re trying to shed some light on the Nielsen-Henderson List. As men were being brought down from the prison camps in August 53, they were housed in Kaesong awaiting their names to be called in freedom Village just a few miles away. While there they got to know each other until their names were called and freed. As the story goes, our government was only calling for the known POWs, so when their list was finished, they folded up tables & chairs and started taking down the tent. Ex-pows started yelling out, “where’s Allen, Beardall, Bell? Where’s Brennen, Culbertson, Dougherty, Gross & Guthrie? What about Hamblin, Hawkins, Koontz, Martin, Miller, and Rountree? They were with us in Kaesong. Why didn’t they get released?” It was too late. Our government only requested the known POWs, so the rest were loaded up and hauled north never to be heard from again. We need help from your membership in identifying the other men left in Kaesong. Thanks, John Zimmerlee Exec Dir, Korean & Cold War POW/MIA Network Cell 770-565-4420 john.zimmerlee@gmail.com 3342 Brickey Ln Marietta GA 30068...
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