The Defense Department remembers and honors those Americans who were prisoners of war and those who served and never returned home. DOD's POW/MIA Accounting Agency continues the search for the missing, fulfilling the nation's promise to leave no service member behind.
During World War II and the Korean War, Army Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun earned respect and admiration from his fellow soldiers as he risked his life continuously to minister and provide aid to the wounded.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thanked the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for its ongoing efforts to find service members still missing in action.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has identified most of those killed on the USS Oklahoma when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941.
There are thousands of American service personnel missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War. About 75% of those are in the Indo-Pacific region.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day — which usually falls on the third Friday in September — was established in 1979 to honor those service members who were held captive and returned, as well as those who remain missing.
These Heroes Are Not Forgotten
The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security.