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Missing, Presumed Dead: The Search for America's POWs
~ a Bill Dumas film, narrated by Ed Asner


"When the Korean War ended in 1953
hundreds of American POWs were left behind, abandoned in North Korea."

To Orwell Today,

Dear Miss Jura,

My name is Bob Dumas. My brother Cpl Roger Dumas was seen alive and interviewed in the mining camps in North Korea three years ago.

I have given documents to Mr Chen, and he is doing a wonderful job telling the truth.

The Pentagon and State Department know my brother and others are still there, and in fairly good shape. I have testified before Congress five times and given them the evidence to prove hundreds of POWs are still alive and being held because our country has always refused to negotiate even for one POW.

I was the first person in America that they contacted in 1985. I won my case in federal court to prove my brother was a POW, not missing. I also proved that 8 THOUSAND young Americans were left behind in 1953 because a man by the name of Hugh Milton Jr, the Assistant Secretary of the Army, asked President Eisenhower to declare everyone dead because it was costing millions of dollars to look for them. It was better to declare them missing, presumed dead.

The main reason was that Washington wanted the Chinese and North Korean soldiers to go to live in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan instead of going back to the communist way of living. Thousands decided to do just that. They were more interested in changing the communist minds to the democratic way of life than to negotiate their release. That is why you never read much on the war in Korea. That is the main reason it is called the Forgotten War.

And the only one to negotiate for these heroes was President Kennedy. He was about to get thousands released from China and North Korea when he was assassinated. No one talks about this ever. The talk has always been about the Cubans or the Mafia, but not about the assassination. Every witness to his assassination died by murder, suicide, and accident. The same thing happened with the McCarthy committee on the investigation of POWs in 1954. John Kennedy, Bob Kennedy, McCarthy were all on that committee. McCarthy and his committee were too close to finding out the truth. My opinion, in studying this tragedy, is that all the witnesses were taken out of the way because they knew what happened.

Mr Chen has a video that my nephew and I made about the POW issue called MISSING PRESUMED DEAD that tells the truth, and why our men and women - who are still living - are being held all these years. The State Department and the Pentagon have kept the newsmen away from the truth all these years, by telling them lies about this tragic issue.

Congress is also to blame for not having the President negotiate for these men and women. I say women because when the Chinese entered the war, they overran our positions, and the Mash units were also overrun all along the front, and doctors and nurses were captured.

The gentleman who interviewed these POWs three years ago informed the Pentagon when he got back to this country. He was told to keep his mouth shut. He is only 29 years of age, and he told me he was stunned when he was allowed to visit the mining camps. He had an Iraq passport so he could go anywhere in North Korea. If he used his American passport, he would have never got out of Pyongyang, the capital.

I hope that Mr Chen keeps putting the truth out to everyone. And I want to thank you for also putting the real truth out about these poor heroes who were only young men when they were captured and in their prime of life.

We have to remember that all those who are still living - and there are still hundreds - they only remember from the time they were born till the time they were captured. They know nothing about the outside world, only what the North Koreans tell them.

I remember Ambassador Pak Gil Yon telling me in 1999 that this issue has been hanging over their country's head, and they were willing to settle the POW issue, but the US refused to negotiate, or pay for the release of these POWs. I have known them for many years. They contacted me in 1985 when I was in federal court. They wanted someone to ask the President to negotiate. I tried but to no avail.

In 1987, Reverend Jackson was interested when he was running for the presidency. I introduced him to Ambassador Pak who told the Reverend that his country had many Americans from the Korean War. Jackson called the State Department after our meeting and told Secretary of State Jim Baker that we were going to North Korea on Christmas Eve to negotiate their release. I delivered a letter from Reverend to the North Koreans outlining our humanitarian visit. I told the Reverend not to call Baker. He said I can go anywhere in the world. I said 'you' can but they will not let 'us' go to North Korea, because that is where the Korean and Vietnam POWs are being held. The next day I received a phone call from Chicago Rainbow Headquarters saying the trip was cancelled by the State Department. They put sanctions on our trip, and when the North Koreans found this out, they put sanctions on our travel. Till this day Rev Jackson has refused to even mention that most important meeting. If he went and brought back live POWs, he would have been elected president.

I found out later that the State Department had mentioned something to the Reverend a day later that was so upsetting to him, that he denies this meeting ever took place. His son Jessie Jr was also in that room when our meeting took place. He is a Congressman from Illinois, and he too denies the meeting ever took place. I have all the evidence in my possession. Also the photos that were taken in that room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New York on December 9, 1987 at 1:00 pm. I testified to this at the Veterans Committee, and nothing was done.

In 1996, at the time of the Atlanta Olympics, North Korea offered to negotiate 11 POWs. But the White House refused. A man from New Jersey negotiated with the White House. The South and North Koreans were also involved. The gentleman payed 1,000,000 dollars to bring the North Korean athletes here to train for two months with the agreement that the North would release the first group of American POWs. The White House refused and said they were not going to negotiate. The gentleman lost his 1,000,000 dollars, and his wife divorced him, and the Koreans were very mad at the gentleman. Years later they got together again, but this country still refuses to negotiate for anyone.

Please read this. It is all true, and I can prove it. I have all the documents and photos.

Thank you for helping us get the truth out to the American people and the world,
Bob Dumas

Greetings Bob,

I believe what you say - even without seeing the documents or photos - because truth resonates and can be felt in a physical way. What you say about your brother - that he was seen as recently as three years ago - is like a burning ember, keeping the fire of POW freedom alive, and as JFK said "the glow from that fire can truly light the world".

I didn't know that story about JFK negotiating with the Chinese and North Koreans to get thousands of POWs released. But if he'd lived, for sure he would have succeeded, just like he and Bobby achieved the release of the Cubans after the Bay of Pigs in 1961 (and just like he got his PT-109 crew out of shark-infested waters surrounded by the enemy in 1943, and a few months later took his PT-59 boat in to rescue marines trapped in the surf of an enemy-occupied island).

What is so very heartbreaking, when one thinks about the assassination of JFK, is that if it hadn't happened, there wouldn't be any Vietnam POWs or MIAs to rescue - nor would there be 55,000 dead American soldiers to mourn, because there would have been no Vietnam war. See JFK/RFK VIETNAM CASUALTIE

Actually, I didn't know about that Joe McCarthy committee investigating the issue of POWs in 1954 - and that JFK and Bobby were part of it - although I do know that McCarthy had figured out that the USA had betrayed anti-Communist Kai-shek and helped Communist Mao come to power in China*. That's when the powers-that-be REALLY started hating McCarthy - even before he exposed Soviet agents in the State Department, and his career and his life were destroyed because of it. See JFK DEFENDS PATRIOT MCCARTHY & MCCARTHY GLIMPSED VISCIOUS TRUTH

That's also a very interesting story about your experience with the Rev Jackson. It reminds me a bit of the story of the doctor at Parkland Hospital in Dallas who changed his opinion about the hole in JFK's neck from "entrance" wound to "exit" wound after he'd had a really bad experience with interviews. See JFK DALLAS DOCTOR DIES

I'd really like to see the MISSING PRESUMED DEAD video you made, and wonder where it's available, or if it's ever been shown to the vast public.

Please be in touch again with news about your brother and all the other living POWs so I can share the truth with ORWELL TODAY readers.

All the best,
Jackie Jura

*PS - I just now added a webpage I've been working on for awhile. See MCCARTHY ON CHINA & NORTH KOREA


When the Korean War ended in 1953 hundreds of American POWs were left behind, abandoned in North Korea. When it became apparent that repatriating these men would not be feasible, the USA government declared them "missing, presumed dead". These missing servicemen were forgotten until POW/MIA advocates forced the USA Senate Select Committee on Foreign Relations to investigate the many recent sightings of American POWs in Vietnam and North Korea....

Body of Korean War POW returned to USA, AP, Nov 11, 2010
The remains of a Korean War POW who died in captivity in the 1950s have been returned to Colorado in a hero's homecoming. A dozen police officers, honor guards from the Transportation Security Administration and Fort Carson, as well as dozens of others gathered at the tarmac at Denver International Airport on Wednesday to pay tribute to 27-year-old Cpl. Floyd E. Hooper. Hooper, of Stratton, Colorado, was captured in February 1951 near Yangp'yong (junhg yen-yawng), Korea. He died of dysentery and malnutrition while a prisoner of war. His remains were only recently identified. Denver police Sgt. Richard Stager says all military personnel who died in wars, conflicts and active service get similar welcomes and send-offs at the airport.

JFK'S ICH BIN FREE HAVANA (...Outwardly President Kennedy seemed to accept the defeat at the Bay of Pigs with his customary calmness and resignation, but within the privacy of his office he made no effort to hide the distress and guilt that he felt when he thought of the one thousand one hundred Cuban patriots who had been captured by Castro. During the months after the invasion he thought of those prisoners constantly. One morning when he came to his desk he remarked to me that he had had no sleep th enight before. 'I was thinking about those poor guys in prison down in Cuba,' he said. 'I'm willing to make any kind of a deal with Castro to get them out of there.' The President's determination to get the prisoners released, at any cost to his own pride, led him into one of the most ill-advised moves in his career. In May, 1961, he quickly accepted an offer from Castro to release the survivors of the Cuban rebel brigade in return for five hundred tractors, or bulldozers, or $28,000,000. President Kennedy talked Milton Eisenhower, Eleanor Roosevelt, Walter Reuther and Cardinal Cushing, among others, into organizing a Tractors for Freedom committee. The obviously vulnerable project was soon demolished by political controversy. The Republicans denounced the idea of bartering with Castro for human lives. Milton Eisenhower became embarassed and begged off the committee. 'Ike must have told Milton to be more careful about answering his phone,' President Kennedy observed, 'especially when the White House is calling.'

"Bobby Kennedy, trying to relieve his brother's concern for the prisoners, pushed ahead with another prolonged attempt to ransom them out of Cuba during the following year. Bobby arranged for James B. Donovan, the New York lawyer who had negotiated the exchange of the Soviet spy Rudolf Agbel for Gary Powers, the U-2 pilot, to go to Havana and negotiate with Castro. The negotiations dragged on into the fall of 1962, into the tense period of the Cuban Missile crisis, but Bobby and Donovan persisted, even in those dark months, in seeking to get the prisoners freed before Christmas. Finally, in December, Castro agreed to exchange the survivors for $53,000,000 worth of food and medicines. Then at the last minute, only a few days before the Christmas Eve deadline that Bobby was eager to meet, Castro demanded another $2,900,000 in cash, which he said was owed to him by the Cuban refugee organizations in the United States as payment for sick and wounded Bay of Pigs veterans already released. "In desperation, Bobby raised $1,900,000 in a hurry with the help of General Lucius D. Clay and, at the suggestion of the President, asked Cardinal Cushing to get up the other million...

JFK SAVED THE MARINES (...At the height of despair a voice among the Marines shouted almost hysterically, "Here's a PT boat!" The terrified men looked through the night and saw PT 59 coming toward them through the waves. They could hear the welcome sound of throbbing engines and splashing exhaust. By now they were so low in the water that the motor torpedo boat loomed unnaturally large and formidable. Her two 40-millimeter guns pointed to the dark sky, and the rows of machine guns along her sides where the torpedo tubes used to be were trained on the shore. Helmeted men scurried about the deck making ready to come alongside the sinking boat. Idling his engines, Kennedy steered between the foundering LCPR and the shore. The Japanese might concentrate heavy fire on him at any moment. He dared not think what a perfect target PT 59 would be a few hundred yards off shore if but a single flare should burst above them now. When he edged the boat against the LCPR, the PT crew began hauling aboard the soaked Marines who were almost incoherent with gratitude....

STORY OF JFK PT-109 (...The night was a starless black and Japanese destroyers were around. It was about 2:30 a.m. The 109, with three officers and ten enlisted men aboard, was leading three boats on a sweep for a target. An officer named George Ross was up on the bow, magnifying the void with binoculars. Kennedy was at the wheel, and he saw Ross turn and point into the darkness. The man in the forward machine-gun turret shouted, "Ship at two o'clock!" Kennedy saw a shape and spun the wheel to turn for an attack, but the 109 answered sluggishly.... Then the Japanese crashed into the 109 and cut her right in two.... When day broke, the men on the remains of the 109 stirred and looked around. To the northeast, three miles off, they saw the monumental cone of Kolombangara; there, the men knew, ten thousand Japanese swarmed. To the west, five miles away, they saw Vella Lavella; more Japs. To the south, only a mile or so away, they actually could see a Japanese camp on Gizo... All morning they clung to the hulk and talked about how incredible it was that no one had come to rescue them. All morning they watched for the plane which they thought would be looking for them.... When the sun had passed the meridian, Kennedy said, "We will swim to that small island," pointing to one of a group three miles to the southeast. "We have less chance of making it than some of these other islands here, but there'll be less chance of Japs too."...)


Jackie Jura
~ an independent researcher monitoring local, national and international events ~

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