Korean War Veterans - Pacific Guardians
18th Fighter Wing Association
Updated March 2017
MIA / POW
You can submit information to: John GearheartDr. Vickie Gearheart  or any Association Officer.
We   met   with   Susan   and   Tim   Kee   in   Mesa,   AZ.   on   Feb   20th.      Susan   had   arranged   a   meeting   with   Dr.   Yuri   McKee.      Dr. McKee   is   an   Ophthalmologist   who   went   with   the   Joint   POW/MIA   accounting   agency   to   North   Korea   to   search   for American   MIA's.         The   group   was   allowed   to   stay   30   days   under   strict   supervision   and   limited   travel   to   go   to   the   Chosin Reservoir   area.      They   found   and   identified   one   soldier,   quite   an   accomplishment   when   you   consider   that   with   all   the resources available to the U.S., only a small number of remains have been brought home in 20 years.  Dr.   McKee   is   also   retired   Air   Force   and   served   with   the   18th   fighter   Wing   on   Okinawa.      Dr.   McKee   was   able   to   give   us   a detailed   insight   as   to   life   in   North   Korea   and   the   citizens   under   the   totalitarian   rule.      From   a   discussion   with   Dr.   McKee we felt that he was not very complementary of the U.S. effort to recover and identify remains. Lois   and   I   agree   with   Dr.   Mckee.      After   working   on   the   effort   for   some   15   years   we   have   found   them   to   be   almost   totally incompetent   considering   the   resources   they   have   available.      There   seems   to   be   a   lack   of   urgency   to   get   things   done.     They   are   just   waiting   for   the   families   to   give   up   or   die.      In   the   meantime,   some   cushy   jobs   are   available   with   lots   of money   to   spend   and   prolific   lip   service.      Needless   to   say   a   few   are   dedicated   but   their   effort   is   stymied   by   those   with political power.   A sad state. We   hope   that   the   DPAA   under   the   leadership   of   the   new   director,   Michael   Linnington,   will   be   better.      The   next   family update meeting of the DPAA is in Seattle, WA.  Lois and I plan to attend.   We   appreciate   the   untiring   effort   of   Susan   Kee.      She   has   devoted   her   life   to   thank   the   American   people   for   saving   her country.  She spends almost all of her time serving and thanking veterans of the Korean War. Bob and Lois Moore
Submitted by Bob and Lois Moore
Updated December 2017
18th Fighter Wing Association
Korean War Veterans - Pacific Guardians
MIA / POW
You can submit information to: John GearheartDr. Vickie Gearheart  or any Association Officer.
We   met   with   Susan   and   Tim   Kee   in   Mesa,   AZ.   on   Feb   20th.      Susan   had   arranged   a meeting   with   Dr.   Yuri   McKee.      Dr.   McKee   is   an   Ophthalmologist   who   went   with   the Joint   POW/MIA   accounting   agency   to   North   Korea   to   search   for   American   MIA's.        The   group   was   allowed   to   stay   30   days   under   strict   supervision   and   limited   travel to   go   to   the   Chosin   Reservoir   area.      They   found   and   identified   one   soldier,   quite   an accomplishment   when   you   consider   that   with   all   the   resources   available   to   the U.S., only a small number of remains have been brought home in 20 years.  Dr.   McKee   is   also   retired   Air   Force   and   served   with   the   18th   fighter   Wing   on Okinawa.      Dr.   McKee   was   able   to   give   us   a   detailed   insight   as   to   life   in   North   Korea and   the   citizens   under   the   totalitarian   rule.      From   a   discussion   with   Dr.   McKee   we felt   that   he   was   not   very   complementary   of   the   U.S.   effort   to   recover   and   identify remains. Lois   and   I   agree   with   Dr.   Mckee.      After   working   on   the   effort   for   some   15   years   we have   found   them   to   be   almost   totally   incompetent   considering   the   resources   they have   available.      There   seems   to   be   a   lack   of   urgency   to   get   things   done.      They   are just   waiting   for   the   families   to   give   up   or   die.      In   the   meantime,   some   cushy   jobs are   available   with   lots   of   money   to   spend   and   prolific   lip   service.      Needless   to   say   a few   are   dedicated   but   their   effort   is   stymied   by   those   with   political   power.       A   sad state. We    hope    that    the    DPAA    under    the    leadership    of    the    new    director,    Michael Linnington,   will   be   better.      The   next   family   update   meeting   of   the   DPAA   is   in Seattle, WA.  Lois and I plan to attend.   We   appreciate   the   untiring   effort   of   Susan   Kee.      She   has   devoted   her   life   to   thank the   American   people   for   saving   her   country.      She   spends   almost   all   of   her   time serving and thanking veterans of the Korean War. Bob and Lois Moore
Submitted by Bob and Lois Moore