A review of the entire directive finds that the phrase Prisoner or War or the acronym POW is never used.
The fact that the terminology Prisoner of War is no longer used was confirmed by Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England. In his 11 October 2002 memo announcing the change in status of Capt. Michael Scott Speicher from Missing In Action to Missing/Captured, Secretary England stated:
"Although the controlling missing persons statute and directives do not use the term "Prisoner of War," the fact supporting a change in Captain Speicher's category from Missing in Action to Missing/Captured would also support the conclusion that, if alive, he is a Prisoner of War."
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, call it a duck. If an American service member is captured by hostile forces he or she is a Prisoner of War. Why not designate them as such?
The phrase Prisoner of War says two thing. First it says Prisoner - living breathing human being. Second it says held by the enemy. Prisoner of War is a phrase that inflames. America does not leave its servicemen, its Prisoners behind. We don't leave POWs behind. At least that is what they'd like us to believe. We know differently. Visit Terminology to learn more.
Why wasn't Matt Maupin listed as a POW??? read the article written by Ted Sampley in 2006.
Why our POWs were Declared KIA ~ Breach of Trust: POWs are left behind
Text of The Quang or '1205' Document ~ Handwritten note on cover memo from Pyotr Ivashutin, head of Soviet Military Intelligence (GRU) states.....
Last known Alive POWs ~ Defense Intelligence Agency List of "Last Known Alive" February 7, 1996
U.S. POW/MIA's Who May Have Survived In Captivity
Kremlin Withholds Report on POWs ~ American's Taken to Russia During the 1960s?
Thank you POW/MIA Freedom Fighters for these links.