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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - September 17, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Baseball is back at least on film Page B1 Vol 144 No 14 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO TRIBUNE Saturday Sept 50 cents POWs not forgotten By MIKE PALUCK Tribune staff writer Rick Newkirk is an Indiana truck driver who spends his vaca tions looking for American men who are missing nearly 20 years after the Vietnam War ended Newkirk his wife terrie and fellow Hoosier Lee Davis are in Kokomo this weekend to share their message of the missing with thousands of veterans attending the 12th annual Indiana Vietnam Veterans Reunion Newkirk who resides in LaPorte and Davis a Con nersville native are among the men who returned to Viet nam early in 1993 to look for Amer icas prisoners of war They believe the POWs have been abandoned by the gov ernment Thirteen teams have gone back to Vietnam and although they didnt bring home any POWs each trip pro vides more infor mation that is added to the POW puzzle The trips are made during vacation time and are financed through the Hip Pocket National according to Newkirk He said the government is only interested in recovering the remains of miss ing men Bones are bones They are always going to be Newkirk told the enthusiastic reunion crowd He said the government is only interested in recovering remains because of the cost and embarrass ment that would be associated with the return of troops who have been held against their will for decades The Newkirks are executive directors of the Live POW Lobby of America which has coalitions in all 50 states The organization concentrates on the return of live Americans According to Newkirk 591 American prisoners who returned to the United States in 1973 during Operation Homecoming reported that 92 men were still in captivity The 92 does not include men who were captured during covert oper ations or were shot or captured in Laos Cambodia Burma or China Whafs the Pentagon done Lied to us They lied to us about Agent Newkirk said Agent Orange is the defoliant sus pected of causing health problems for veterans and their children Theyre lying to our vets that just came back from the Gulf War This is the Pentagon folks Weve got a lot of good people in our elected offices but a lot of them have sold out If we dont all get together stand united were never gonna get these guys home Were never gonna get an Newkirk a Navy veteran who served two tours of duty in Viet nam believes there are American POWs scat tered through out Southeast Asia His wife Terrie said the Vietnamese refer to the POWs as pearls that are considered bargaining chips for money the United States promised Viet nam at the end of the war but never paid Newkirk said some of his associates who went to Laos this spring met some govern ment officials who were con ducting their own investiga tion While en route to a plane crash site the group stumbled into an active prisoner of war camp Their Vietnamese counterparts told them they had to leave so they did These guys on the team were pretty Newkirk said That shows me that we do have good people on this issue but meres people over top of them that told them they had to leave and there was no follow up nobody went back in there to check it Davis drew an angry response from the crowd when he asked what the veterans thought about President Clintons decision to lift the trade embargo with Vietnam He said government leaders must be prodded to resurrect the POW issue Our brothers are still there They are still there whats left of them and theres still quite a few Davis said Rick Newkirk left from LaPorte and Lee Davis a native of Connersville have returned to Vietnam to search for American prisoners of war Tribune photo by Tim Bath Dale H Hill Marion raises his cane Friday during the Indiana Vietnam Veterans Reunion Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Vietnam veterans open reunion here Portion of highway dedicated to vets Paul Jewell left at Fridays dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway on 31 from Kokomo to Indianapolis Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Two F16 fighter jets streaked through the sky as the last note of the national anthem drifted over the grounds of Kokomo Inn and Rama da Inn Friday The raising of a giant American flag the jet flyover courtesy of the Air National Guard in Fort Wayne and the singing of Lee Greenwoods Proud to be an American signaled the opening of the 12th annual Indi ana Vietnam Veterans Reunion in Kokomo Veterans members of Ibn Saud Grotto and other volunteers pitched in to carry and hoist the huge flag that will fly over the reunion gounds through Sunday Ibn Snud rotto donated the flag to the Howard County Vietnam Veterans Organization which sponsors the reunion The unity of the veterans their families and friends was obvious as Proud to be an American played through the publicaddress system A small circle of bodies soon grew to a massive ring of humanity as visi tors raised joined hands and sang along with the tune Some tears were shed during the traditional ceremo ny A prayer and recognition of troops poised for a possible invasion of Haiti were included in the pro gram A short time later the focus shifted to 31 near the intersection of Lincoln Road for the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway Ellen Cornwell of Kokomo partici pated in the dedication of the high way which serves as a tribute to me men and women from Indi ana who served in Vietnam Corn wells son PFC Bruce Allen Yoder was among the Indiana natives who died in the war Mayor Robert Sargent read the Indiana Senate resolution that dedi cates the memorial highway between Kokomo and the intersec tion of North and Meridian streets in Indianapolis The reunion continues today with a full slate of speakers and music from the Vietnam era The Moving Wall a halfscale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington is on display at Faith Presbyterian Church Albright Road and Kirk Row through Sunday Woman hurt A Kokomo woman was in critical con dition Friday night after the car she was driving collided headon with a van in Tipton County Freida Carter 74 was flown via Life Line helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis She sustained fractures to both legs chest fractures a broken jaw a head wound and a possible fractured neck according to Tipton County Sher iff Deputy Allen Mustek Charles Fellow 72 who was driving the van suffered minor injuries in the collision The Kokomo man was taken to Tipton County Memorial Hospital where he was listed in stable condition Friday night hospital person nel said Fellow was wearing a seat belt His vehicles air bag worked properly which saved him from further injuries Musick added Carter was traveling south on Ind 19 near Tipton County Road 500 North Fellow was northbound on Ind 19 attempting to turn left onto 500 North when the two vehicles collided head on Musick said Clinton will send Carter WASHINGTON AP In a lastminute overture to avert an invasion President Clinton authorized former President Carter on Friday to lead a delegation to Haiti to persuade its defiant military leaders to surrender power and leave Army Chief Raoul Cedras and his cohorts agreed to receive the delegation which also will include retired Gen Colin Powell former chair man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Sen Sam Nunn D chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee They are expected to go to Haiti by today President Clinton wished to pursue every possible alternative that would allow the Haitian leaders to leave with out a senior administration official said at a White House podium moments after National Security Adviser Anthony Lake publicly announced the mission The only purpose of me discussion with The delegation Carter Nunn Powell the Haitians is the means of their depar the official said The discussions would involve guarantees about the mili tary leaders assets travel arrangements and destination This does not alter by one minute or one second the timetable of our military preparations our preparedness to act or the urgency of the situation in the official said Administration officials said an invasion force was ready to strike Yet it was cer tain that troops would not go in at least until the delegation has completed its business Independent of the White House Carter has been in touch for some time with Cedras the juntas leader official said Carter contacted Clinton and said he thought direct talks would be worth while The official said it would be wrong to assume that Cedras had signaled a will ingness to surrender power but added that the junta lead ers understand that their departure is the only thing the delegation is authorized to discuss Carter has carried out frequent quasi diplomatic missions to Africa Latin Amer ica and elsewhere Most recently he went to North Korea as Clintons envoy to ease tensions about that countrys suspected nuclear activity Inside todays Tribune Local Alert postal worker tips off police after suspects try to cash stolen money orders Page A2 Also inside Classified Dr News of ;