National POW/MIA Recognition Day

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed every September 15. This annual event honors missing service members and their families, and highlights the government’s commitment to account for them.

Local POW/MIA ceremonies are encouraged throughout POW/MIA Recognition Week, culminating with countless events and the national ceremony in Washington D.C.

Here are some resources that focus on POW/MIA from various wars.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency:

Vietnam War POW/MIA
It is separated into state/territory. The information for each state/territory is separated into “Accounted For” and “Unaccounted For”.

It is separated into state/territory. Each has an “Unaccounted For” list.

Korean War POW/MIA list
It is separated into state/territory. The information for each state/territory is separated into “Accounted For” and “Unaccounted For”.

U.S. WWII Military Personnel Missing in Action or Lost at Sea, 1941-1946
This database contains a listing of U.S. soldiers, sailors, marines, and civilians (presumably mainly military employees and contractors) who have been reported by the U.S. government as Missing in Action (MIA) or Buried at Sea from World War II.

World War II Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941-1945
This database provides military details on almost 30,000 military (and a few civilian) prisoners held by the Japanese during World War II. This is one of the most comprehensive lists of American prisoners of Japan during WWII available.

US., Civil War Prisoner of War Records, 1861-1865
This database contains records relating to Civil War Prisoners of War (POW). The database is comprised of four National Archives (NARA) microfilm series (M1303, M598, M2702, and M918).

UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
This database contains a listing of World War II British Army, Navy, and Air Force prisoners of war.


Prisoners Of War 1715-1945
This collection of records from The National Archives includes papers from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office, War Office, Admiralty, and Air Force. The records contain the names of thousands of prisoners from nations around the world.

World War II POWs
This is a military history listing of repatriated prisoners of war from World War II, including records of 143,374 individuals captured during World War II.

National Archives:

U.S. Military Casualties, Missing in Action, and Prisoners of War from the Era of the Vietnam War
This reference report provides an overview of the electronic data records in the custody of the National Archives that relate to U.S. Military causalities, missing in action, and prisoners of war from the Vietnam War era.

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