HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)-On April 9, 2011, 9:45am, at the National Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) Hawaii will join the Nation in Recognizing the WWII & Korean War POW/MIAs for their sacrifice and dedication to duty.
In October 1950, the North Korean Army took command of more than 700 American service men that had been captured and interned as prisoners of war (POWs). All together there were 7,245 American POW's. Of these, 4,418 returned to the U.S, 2,847 died, and 21 refused repatriation. There were also 389 POW's known to be alive in North Korea after all US POW's had supposedly been returned.
The keynote speaker, Nick Nishimoto, one of the Hawaii Prisoners of the Korean War will tell the story of his long captivity in North Korea. The stories are a real dichotomy; stories that most POW's do not share. There are stories of bravery & misery; stories of friendship & death;. stories of the North Koreans mistakenly thought the local boys from Hawaii were the Japanese returning.and how the Chinese created Olympic games for the prisoners to use as propaganda.