US official contradicts US position, says “no evidence” Korean War POW’s taken to USSR

Posted on: November 14th, 2016 by Will Rodriguez 1 Comment

The Washington Free beacon reported a disturbing incident.  A joint U.S.-Russia Commission on POW/MIAs met in May.  Despite over a 1000 pages of documentation citing Russian and Chinese officers eyewitness accounts, Michael Linnington, former director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) told the Russians there was “no evidence” US POW’s captured in Korea were taken to the USSR.

This undermines decades of efforts by the US to learn the final disposition of up to 40 Americans, mostly pilots who remain missing from the Korean War.  A large body of evidence suggests US servicemen were taken to the Soviet Union for their intelligence value.  The Russians had a keen interest in US aviation technology, dogfighting tactics, and general intelligence.

The development deeply undermines US diplomatic efforts to get into closed Russian intelligence files that would show US troops ended up in Siberian Gulags never to see America again.  While this may sound farfetched to Americans today, this type of behavior wasn’t uncommon during the Cold War.  Even before WII was over Russia was in the habit of holding on to US servicemen that came under their control.  Some of these were B29 bomber pilots who had to emergency land in Russia.  Russia subsequently copied the B29 and fielded  the Tupolev-4 (Tu-4) as its first strategic nuclear bomber.

Later, when the Cold War heated up in Korea Russian pilots actually flew Russian Mig-15’s with North Korean or Chinese markings in dogfights with US aircraft.  So secret was this effort that Russian pilots were under orders to kill fellow pilots if they risked being captured by Americans.

Linnington’s comments send an unintentional message that the US isn’t interested in learning the eventual fate of captured Americans sent to communist countries during the Cold War.  Korea isn’t the only instance where this may have occurred as there are cases of Americans being reportedly sent to Russia and China during the Vietnam War to never be seen again.

Linnington left the troubled DPAA (a 2015 organization created from merging the scandal ridden JPACC & DPAA organizations) shortly after taking over Directorship for a high level position in the troubled Wounded Warriors charity.

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  • YankeePapa

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    …The U.S. government has a hideous record regarding any sort of honesty regarding U.S. POWs starting with WW2.  Some who escaped from Davao in the Philippines told the government about the Bataan Death March and conditions in the camps.  They were threatened with being broken to the ranks and tossed into prison if they spoke a word of this to anybody.  The “official” reason for this was “…if we publish it, the Japanese will only treat our men worse…”   (Same foul lie given to POW families during the Vietnam War…)

    …The real reason was that the only reason that FDR got a war with Germany when the public was frothing to avenge Pearl Harbor was that Hitler… (for the only time in his life) actually declared war.  The agreement with the British was “Europe First” and the fear was that if the public knew there would be political trouble over priorities.  Story looked to be breaking in 1944 so the surviving escaped POWs from Davao were trotted out on war bond drives.  

    …At the end of WW2 the Soviets had “liberated” many of our men from German POW camps.  Often these men were within an hour’s drive from American lines.  The Soviets sent a great many of these to base on the Black Sea.  We got back (ransomed?) those men by ship… but thousands of others missing.  Stalin probably held onto many of them to force Allies to ship back Soviet POWs and East European refugees.  When that was done… why bother?  Many probably worked to death.

    …The above was called tin hat stuff for many years.  But after the “Evil Empire” fell, they publicly admitted to having executed or retained “hundreds” of American servicemen… sometimes because they had Jewish or East European sounding names.  Brief note in MSM… but nothing from the government or the Congress.  

    …Fehrenbach states that the Communists flatly refused (for one reason or another) to release more than 600 Allied POWs that they were known to be holding.  Government just shrugged it off.  

    …Some U.S. pilots shot down during Vietnam war were filmed by Japanese and other media… then vanished.  Viets flatly denied ever having them in the face of all evidence.  Murdered?  Sent to Soviet Union?  U.S. claimed absolutely *ALL* living POWs returned… none remaining in Viet hands… not even “voluntarily…”  Then Garwood appeared… and U.S. stuck to its story… dismissing any reports from even quality sources.  The Viets held French POWs for over a decade after the Indochina war.  Might have held Americans against Nixon economic promises… he was soon gone.  By 1980, certainly any left by that time would have been executed.  

    …When we went “looking for MIA’s” we let the Viets know that we were only interested in bones… not living persons.  At one point American scientists found traces on remains handed over by Viets indicating that bones had been treated with a preservative… been held for quite some time… then (almost all) preservative removed.  Government didn’t raise hell.  Just advised Viets, who were more thorough after that.  

    …I could go on, but my stomach is churning.

    -YP-