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POW/MIA Memorial


Every war has its heroes,
among them are those who suffered in captivity
at the hands of the enemies of our country,
Prisoners of War
and those still Missing in Action

Those who were captured,
survived their brutal imprisonment
and came home,
carry their wounds to their death.

Those still missing in action
leave a family wondering their fate,
waiting... still waiting.

It is to these brave warriors
that this monument is dedicated.


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The POW/MIA Memorial represents all American Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action. Our Country and our State have had many members of our military captured in wars. Some survived captivity and came home, some died while in captivity and some were never accounted for, still missing in foreign lands.

Although we can count the number of American Prisoners of War going back to the Revolutionary War (estimated 20,000 POWs), we are focusing on wars since Florida became a state (March 3, 1845).

The memorial tells of the history of the medal from its birth by General Washington in Revolutionary times, to its re-birth by General MacArthur in 1932. The other large granite plaques show the staggering numbers of those, by service and that of individuals, whom have been awarded this very high honor. The final touch, in the future, will be eight fluted columns around the outer perimeter of the plaza area to stand guard as silent sentries to those who have given their all for our freedoms.

With information taken from our National Park Service records, we begin with the Civil War with an estimated 194,000 Union soldiers and 214,000 Confederate soldiers, more prisoners than any other conflict in the history of our Country.

There were less than a dozen American POWs during the Spanish-American War and approximately 4,120 from World War I, none that we could identify from Hillsborough County.

World War II records are divided between the European and Pacific Theaters (areas) of war. Europe had nearly 94,000 American POWs and the Japanese interned nearly 30,000. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) lists 73,515 still missing from WWII.

Americans captured and interned during Korean War numbered 7,100 with another 8,177 missing in action. (DPAA number missing is 7,831)

Vietnam War was a controversial war in American history. The number of prisoners and those still missing varies from different sources. We are using the numbers from the Department of Defense 1,747 known captured and 1,624 still unaccounted for (missing in action).

Twenty-three Americans were captured during the Persian Gulf War, including two women. Fortunately they all returned home.

This one lonely statue represents all of these brave warriors who have made tremendous sacrifices in service to our country. It represents our American fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, our neighbors.

The bronze stars on our monument honor those POWs and MIAs who entered the military as a resident of Hillsborough County. We have been able to identify 104 of these warriors. On April 9, 2016, we will dedicate our memorial; introduce it to our community and invite all to come and honor these veterans. At that time, their names will be called in recognition of their contribution.