[Webinar] American POW/MIAs in the Korean War: Searching for Answers and Recovering Remains

National Committee on North Korea


November 30, 2021, 2:00 pm EST to 3:15 pm EST

Photo via U.S. Air Force, Senior Airman Apryl Hall. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command conduct an honorable carry ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 1, 2018


Tuesday, November 30, 2021
2:00 to 3:15 pm EST

Virtual Webinar via Zoom

Donna Knox, Legislative and Policy Liaison,
Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs

Richard Downes, President and Executive Director,
Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs

Mickey Bergman, Vice President and Executive Director,
The Richardson Center for Global Engagement

Moderated by

Mr. Keith Luse, Executive Director of the National Committee on North Korea

Following the end of hostilities of the Korean War in 1953, more than 7,000 U.S. personnel from that war were "unaccounted for," and 5,300 of those service members were believed to have been lost in North Korea. Efforts to locate and recover the remains of these prisoners of war and missing in action service members (POW/MIAs) have waxed and waned over the decades. Questions also remain about the fate of American prisoners of war in the immediate aftermath of the fighting.

Please join the National Committee on North Korea (NCNK) for a public webinar featuring Donna Knox, Richard Downes, and Mickey Bergman to examine these aspects of the Korean War POW/MIA issue. Among the topics to be covered will be the destination of American POWs taken off the Peninsula, as well as ongoing contemporary efforts to retrieve American POW/MIA remains from North Korea.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QWm0IKfPREqI-OrlRg-u4A

About the Speakers

Donna Knox is the Legislative and Policy Liaison as well as on the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs. She is a co-founder of the organization and served as president from 1998-2002. Donna is also an attorney, with experience in family law and general litigation at a law firm as well as private practice. Previously, she was a broadcast journalist with experience as a news anchor, news reporter, and field producer. Donna is also a long-time researcher of Soviet intervention in foreign wars and exploitation of American POWs and an author of literary and historical fiction. She received a J.D. from Washington and Lee School of Law and a B.A. in French Literature from the University of Massachusetts.

Richard Downes is president and executive director of the Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs, a non-profit organization pursuing answers to the fate of American servicemen still missing-in-action during the Korean and Cold Wars. Rick works closely with Congressional offices, the Department of Defense, and non-governmental organizations to further the accounting mission. He partnered with the Richardson Center for Global Engagement in talks with the DPRK to return collected remains of U.S. servicemen, then later joined Vice President Pence in the Honorable Carry ceremony welcoming home the 55 boxes of remains returned following the Singapore Summit. Rick has collaborated with the Department of Army to declassify records containing information on unknown Korean War remains interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, with Congressional offices on legislation to declassify prisoner of war debriefs and intel reports withheld from WWII through the Cold War and resolutions calling for renewed joint remains recovery operations between the DPRK and the United States, as well as amendments to exempt P.O.W./M.I.A. operations from sanctions. Rick’s father, Hal, was declared missing-in-action during an air mission over North Korea on January 13, 1952.

Michael “Mickey” Bergman works in Fringe Diplomacy, a discipline exploring the space just beyond the boundaries of States and Governments’ capacity and authority in international relations. He is Senior Advisor to Governor Richardson Center for Global Engagement; co-founder and President of Capsoole Inc.; Executive Director of the Global Alliances Program at the Aspen Institute; consultant to the Clinton Global Initiative; and Founder and President of Solel Strategic Group. Mickey also teaches at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. At the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, Mickey manages private diplomacy efforts in N. Korea, Cuba, Myanmar, Middle East, Africa, and efforts to negotiate release of political prisoners. At Aspen, Mickey directs partnerships engaging both public and private sectors in the Middle East, Latin America and South East Asia. Mickey has published numerous articles and opinion pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Foreign Policy Online, and Huffington Post.

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