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Wayne Klotz, an Army veteran, stands next to an Army OV-1 Mohawk observation and surveillance aircraft Aug. 27, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House at Dover Air Force Base, Del. One of the static displays at the open house, Mohawk Airshows’ plane, is the first flying POW/MIA monument, and is covered in names of service members who died during the Vietnam War and were never recovered from Southeast Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino) Flying monument reminds Team Dover to never forget
From a distance, there appeared to be a giant, gray, bug-eyed swamp dragonfly attacking the flightline during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House. Brave and inquisitive people who ventured a closer look discovered it wasn’t some herculean insect, but rather an Army OV-1 Mohawk observation and surveillance aircraft used during the Vietnam War through Operation Desert Storm. An even closer inspection would reveal the gray fuselage was covered end-to-end in hundreds of names – names that memorialize the 1,636 American service members that are still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.
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Walter Lawrence, left, and John Mock, World War II POWs, share their stories at a speaking event, Sept. 14, 2016, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The men shared their stories of internment with McConnell’s Airmen during this year’s POW/MIA week. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Erin McClellan) Former POWs, family of MIA speak at McConnell
“I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.”The Code of Conduct. Every Service member learns it, because after they raise their hand and take the oath, they assume the risk of becoming a prisoner of war or making that ultimate sacrifice.National POW/MIA
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