American Prisoners of War
Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
Congress defines a prisoner of war as a person who, while serving on active military, naval, or air service, is forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by an enemy government or a hostile force.
|Captured and interned||142,246||4,120||130,201||7,140||725||47||1||9|
|Returned to U.S. military control||125,213||3,973||116,129||4,418||660||21||1||8|
|Alive on Jan. 1, 1982||93,030||633||87,996||3,770||631||n.a.||n.a.||n.a.|
|Died while POW||17,010||147||14,072||2,701||65||25||0||0|
|Alive at the end of 2005||29,350||0||26,750||2,000||579||21||1||8|
NOTES: n.a. = not applicable. Not included are military personnel considered missing in action: WWII, 78,773; Korea, 8,100; Vietnam, 1,807 (as of 2005); the Persian Gulf, 2; and Iraq, 1..
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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