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Release No: 388-04
April 30, 2004

Korean And Cold War MIA Families Gather For Updates

The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) will host a meeting with more than 500 family members of Korean War and Cold War MIAs Today and Saturday in McLean, Va.

The Honorable Jerry D. Jennings, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/MIA Affairs opened the conference today at 9 a.m. Jennings is responsible for policy oversight and control of the worldwide mission to account for Americas missing from all conflicts.

The two-day gathering at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner hotel is tailored to address the concerns of families whose loved ones are missing from both the Korean and Cold Wars. More than 8,100 Americans are unaccounted-for from the Korean War, with 126 from the Cold War.

Families who registered for this meeting will receive individualized updates on their specific cases, but U.S. government specialists will also present broader information on the effort to account for the missing servicemen. The presentations will cover a range of topics including negotiations with North Korea, China and Russia; archival research; field investigations and recovery operations; and the use of DNA in identifying remains.

The DPMO holds similar meetings in cities across the country and has reached nearly 9,500 family members since the inception of this outreach program in 1993.

Additional information about this meeting may be found on the DPMO web site atwww.dtic.mil/dpmo; select upcoming events.

For information related to this release, contact DPMO at (703) 699-1169.

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