There are thousands of American families in the same boat right now. They are families that have received
dreadful news about a member of their family who left for an overseas assignment as a U.S. serviceman, only
to "disappear"—often without a trace. When that news arrives, it is life altering. Which way do you turn?
How do you find answers? Who will support you as you try to live a normal, daily life, not knowing what
happened to your loved one, and ever-yearning for answers?
The government established a Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMPO) to help with recovery efforts
to find and bring home our POWs/Missing in Action, but anyone who has ever dealt with the U.S. government
knows that there is much waiting and much red tape involved in trying to get a straight answer from our
government. Those who are "new" at the quest for answers might not realize that there are volumes of
government held documents that might help you learn more about the circumstances surrounding the
disappearance of your family member. There are debriefings of former POWs that might give insight into what
happened to a fellow POW. There are Individual Deceased Personnel Files that provide information about the
last sighting of an American serviceman, including any battle action that might have taken place just prior
to his disappearance, who saw him last, and what they saw. There are POW camp photographs that picture
captured American servicemen. There are letters and other documents. But again, who will help you obtain a
copy of them?
According to a recent DPMO publication, "Networking with other family members whose loved ones were lost
in the same incident or area is a valuable way of locating additional information that may not be in the
official case files." There is no better network available to the families of our missing servicemen than
the Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing, Inc, headed by Irene Mandra. Irene's brother Philip is a U.S.
Marine who has been missing in action since the Korean War. The group is a family advocacy group based in
the State of New York. The Korean War Educator highly recommends this organization to family members trying
to obtain information about their missing loved one. United, you can find the answers!
About the Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing
This is a group of individuals and families who help each other get answers. Looking for your own
answers? There is no point in "reinventing the wheel," as the cliché goes. Group members have already spent
years gathering government documents—many of which were declassified and the hardest "easy to find"
government documents available—to find the same kind of answers that you are now just beginning to seek.
"The Family", which has an informative website, is not affiliated with, endorsed by, funded by, or in any
way connected with any Government agency.
According to their website, the group consists of family members of the men who went to war, have yet to
return, or be accounted for. They represent those who served in Korea and during the Cold War era.
The members are united as one in a search for answers, truth, acknowledgment, and closure.
The Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing has its own interactive website at http://www.koreacoldwar.org/. This is a website that family
members of Korean War and Cold War MIAs should not miss. The site provides the names of missing men, studies
and articles, news about government efforts to recover our MIAs, meeting notices, and more. It has
reports and lists such as the Johnnie Johnson list that reveals the names of 496 POWs who died in the POW
camp while Johnnie was held there. It documents sightings of American POW/MIAs in not just North Korea, but
in other communist nations as well.
The Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing has a quality site that is "interactive" because of the fact
that so many members have taken an active role in providing information to add to the site. It is definitely
a starting point to help your family begin the long process of trying to find answers. Much heartbreak is
often associated with this process, but you will find that Irene Mandra and others on the board and in the
organization are there to help you and to encourage you to never give up hope. Founder of the group, Irene
firmly believes in holding the United States government accountable for their efforts to bring home
America’s war and cold war missing. And, because the organization's members are going through or have gone
through the same kind of personal anguish as you are experiencing in trying to find answers, they understand
your need to know. There is a reason they call themselves a "family". These loving people do become your
extended family. Families help each other cope.
Board of Directors and Staff
Always remember that there is no need for you to "go it alone" in your search for answers about your
missing loved one. These officers are here to help you and guide you in the right direction:
- National Chair - Irene Mandra, Family Member
- Vice-Chair - Joe McNulty, Family Member
- Treasurer - Gail Stallone, Family Member
Clinical Psychotherapist; Mother; Wife; Korean War MIA Niece.
- Secretary - Emma Skuybida, Family Advocate
Assistant to the President of Steel Trading Company; Former Secretary & Treasurer of Long Island POW-MIA
Coalition of Veterans and Concerned Citizens.
- Membership Chair - LuAnn Nelson, Family Member
Nurse Practitioner; Korean War MIA Niece.
- Research - Daniel J. Pitts, Family Advocate
Life member of the DAV-American Legion-VFW-Vietnam Veterans of America; Korean War Veterans of Lycoming
County, Pa.; US Army 1964-1967; Korea 1965-1966 as a Combat Engineer; POW/MIA Chairman for Post 807 and
Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Patriots POW/MIA.
- Cold War Advocate - Charlotte Mitnik, Family Member
Former Board Member Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs; Lost brother in WW II and has a
Cold War MIA Brother.
- Korean War Historian - Irwin Braun, Korean War Veteran
Korean War Veterans; Jewish War Veterans; Chairman Tell America Committee KWV Nassau, NY #1.
- Newsletter Editor - Ki Ceniglio, email@example.com
Student; Former Managing Editor & Technical Advisor High School Newspaper; Senior Delegate Model U.N.; 1st
Place Delegation of Distinction, National High School Model U.N. Conference, United Nations, NYC, NY 2004;
Chess Club; Quantum Physics Major- Political Science Minor; Lifelong POW-MIA and Veterans' Advocate.
Website Questions, Problems and Links:
To participate in the annual meeting of the DPMO in Washington, DC, contact the Service Casualty Office
listed below that is associated with your missing loved one's branch of service.
USAF Missing Persons Branch
550 C Street West, Suite 15
Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4716
Navy – POW/MIA Section (PERS 624)
Jeffrey P. Martin
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38055-6210
Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command
Attn: Public Affairs Office
310 Worchester Ave., Bldg 45
Hickam AFB, HI 96853-5530
U.S. Army – AHRC-PER
200 Stovall St.
Alexandria, VA 22332-0482
HQ – U.S. Marine Corps – MRC
3280 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-5103
National Archives II (NARA)
8601 Adelphi Rd
College Park, MD 20740-6001
DPMO – Korean War Missing
1745 Jefferson Davis Hwy Ste 800
Arlington, VA 22202-3429
National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
If you are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start in trying to find answers – contact the Korea-Cold
War Families and ask for guidance. The group can be reached at: Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing,
Inc., PO Box 454, Farmingdale, New York 11735 USA. Irene Mandra's telephone number is 516 694-0989.
THE KOREA-COLD WAR FAMILIES OF THE MISSING CAN HELP YOU!