"Clasping his wife tightly in his arms, aboard a Combat Cargo C-124 "Globemaster" just after it landed near Tokyo, Capt. Zach W. Dean of El Dorado, Kan., the third U.S. Air Force repatriate returned by the Communists, finishes the first leg of his long trip back from a Red prison camp. Captain Dean, a former F-51 Mustang pilot with the 35th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, was shot down on April 22, 1951 and captured. He was flown to Japan aboard a 374th Troop Carrier Wing transport plane, Monday, April 27, 1953, where his wife, A Red Cross worker in Tokyo for the past two years, was waiting to meet him. With Captain Dean on the huge plane were 16 other repatriates, six of whom were litter cases and 10 ambulatory patients."
Receipt for Captain Robert White, last American prisoner of war released after Vietnam War, 04/01/1973
Adjutant of the 6th Wisconsin, 1st Lt. Edward P. Brooks, was captured on November 4, 1863, at Greenville, Virginia, and sent to Libby Prison in Richmond. Four months later President Abraham Lincoln directed Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler to arrange for the Brooks’s exchange. Butler reported to Lincoln that Brooks was freed on March 23, 1864.
Telegram from President Abraham Lincoln to Major General Benjamin Butler, 03/18/1864
John McCain, a naval aviator, was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese while flying a bombing mission on October 26, 1967. Held for five and a half years, McCain endured torture and solitary confinement before his release on March 14, 1973. McCain, facing the camera, just to the left of the bus, was photographed with other prisoners at their release.
Photograph of John McCain After Being Released as Prisoner of War, 03/14/1973
In honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, photos of American and Allied prisoners of war and their families from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
Letter from Mrs. Barnard Cummings to President Eisenhower, September 6, 1953
Dated September 6, 1953, this letter was written to President Eisenhower from Mrs. Barnard Cummings regarding the fate of her son, 1st Lt. Barnard Cummings, whom she believed to be held as a prisoner of war in North Korea.