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Missing, Presumed Dead: The Search for America’s POWs cover photo

Missing, Presumed Dead: The Search for America’s POWs 2004

Highly Recommended

Distributed by Choices, Inc., 3740 Overland Ave., Ste. F, Los Angeles CA 90034; (310) 839-1500
Produced by Bill Dumas
Directed by Bill Dumas
DVD, color, 88 min.



Sr. High - Adult
Military Studies, Political Science, Korean War, History

Date Entered: 12/22/2005

Reviewed by Michael Fein, Coordinator of Library Services, Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, VA

This production, which is also available on VHS, concerns the half-century long search of Bob Dumas for his brother Roger, both Koren War veterans, and is based on Bob’s book “The Day the Eagle Cried: an epic journey of brotherly love.” Roger was captured by the Chinese on 4 November, 1950 and was one of some 8,000 declared “missing, presumed dead” in 1954. Using newsreel footage as well as talking head interviews with, among others, Senator Bob Smith (NH) and former Representative Bob Dornan (CA), we are presented with the unsettling fact that American POWs were left behind in Korea and that some of them were transferred to Communist China and the Soviet Union. The government has known this for decades, though it has publicly denied it. This is technically a superb production with (on the DVD) a number of nice special features including: scenes not included in the theatrical release, a director’s statement, and classroom resources among others. Sound and picture quality are excellent and the background music skillfully adds to the somber and sober tone of this production.