POW-MIA Recognition Day conducted

POW-MIA Recognition Day conducted

Former prisoner of war F. Carl ‘Skip’ Schumacher Jr. delivers the keynote address last week during the first POW-MIA Recognition Day ceremony at Jefferson Barracks. Schumacher, a St. Louis native, was operations officer of the USS Pueblo when the North Korean military seized the ship in January 1968. He spent 11 months as a POW and later was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the POW medal. Seated, from left, are: County Executive Charlie Dooley; state Sen. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay; U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis; and John Comerford of the Missouri Veterans Commission. Besides honoring former POWs and families of military members missing in action, officials announced during the Sept. 16 ceremony plans to create a POW-MIA museum at Jefferson Barracks — a joint effort by the Missouri Veterans Commission, Missouri AMVETS, the American Legion and the American Ex-Prisoners of War organization. Evan Young photo