The Prisoner of War Committee of Michigan is a Michigan non-profit organization founded
on July 17, 1973 by POW/MIA family members. The objectives of the Committee are the same
today as they were in 1973:
1. The return of all US prisoners of war 2. The fullest possible accounting for
those still missing 3. The repatriation of all recoverable remains
The Committee works to foster positive public awareness for the POW/MIA issue
disseminating factual information
sales of POW/MIA
having speakers available for POW/MIA presentations
participating in public events such as parades and air shows
annual POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at the "Michigan Remembers" POW/MIA Memorial at
Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens in Novi, Michigan
A seven-member board of directors and four officers, elected annually, govern the
Committee. Membership is open to persons meeting criteria set forth in the P.O.W.
The Prisoner of War Committee of Michigan works in partnership with the National League
of POW-MIA Families and various veterans' organizations to protect and further the
interests, rights and welfare of American prisoners of war, missing in action, and their
The military members of any generation need to know that someone will continue to
look for them if they are captured or go missing. As a nation, we cannot forget our
responsibilities to those who serve. As individuals, we must pledge our commitment, too.
We must be tireless in our work, celebrate small victories, and act with integrity and
dedication to our common cause ... until they all come home.
Meetings are held at Dunham-Ray VFW Post 2645, located at 24222 West Nine Mile Rd. (west
of Telegraph Rd.) in Southfield, MI 48034-3911. Click
here to the Meeting Schedule Page.
Many thanks to Jim Dudek and Dan Dobrzeniecki for producing this 10-minute video about the 33rd annual observance of POW/MIA Recognition Day at the "Michigan Remembers" POW/MIA Memorial in Novi, Michigan. We'll be there for the 34th annual observance on Friday, September 20, 2013. Perhaps we'll see you there as we add the return date for SP 5 John Lawrence Burgess of Kingsley, MI. SP 5 Burgess, the crew chief on a UH1H helicopter on a rescue mission, was lost on June 30, 1970. His remains were identified earlier this summer. 10 minute video.