East Cobb Veterans Meeting 7.17.2019

The East Cobb Senior Center Veterans Meeting is this Wednesday, at 10:00 am.  The location is:

East Cobb Senior Center

3332 Sandy Plains Road

Marietta, GA 30066

Our Guest Speaker is Mike Boyce.

Mike Boyce, USMC Colonel (Ret.) During his nearly 30 years in the Marines Corps his leadership positions included command of a Marine Air Group, Deputy commander of a Marine Base with mayor-like responsibilities for more than 10,000 military and civilian personnel, and a business enterprise of more than 400 employees with revenues exceeding $50 million.  His military campaigns included Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm in Iraq and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia.

His Budgetary experience includes a Pentagon Team supervising the development of a $22 billion budget and international experience with the Ministries of Defense of Macedonia and Iraq. Mike is a member for life in a number of national veterans groups including the American Legion, Marine Corps League, and Disabled American Veterans .

Mike Nichols

Veteran Outreach Program Leader

RSVP Program Leader

Cobb County Senior Services

1150 Powder Springs St., Suite 100

Marietta, GA 30064



POW MIA Update 7.16.2019

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced today that Army Cpl. William S. Smith, 19, of Vidalia, Georgia killed during the Korean War, was accounted for on June 4, 2019.

In the summer of 1950, Smith was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, fighting against members of the Korean People’s Army.  On Sept. 1, 1950, he was reported missing in action after an enemy assault on his unit’s position along the Naktong River, near Yongsan, South Korea.  Absent evidence of continued survival, the Department of the Army declared him deceased as of Dec, 31,1953.

On Sept 23, 1950, personnel from the United Nations Military Cemetery (UNMC)  Miryang, South Korea, examined a set of unknown remains that had been recovered in the vicinity of Changyang, South Korea, Approximately 5.5 miles northeast of Yongsan.  The remains could not be identified and were designated as X-193, and buried at UNMC Miryang.  After identification attempts failed, the remains were transferred to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP) known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu and were interred as Unkown.

On Oct 30, 2017, following thorough historical and scientific analysis, X=193 was disinterred from the Punchbowl and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

To identify Smith remains, scientist from DPAA used dental andanthropolgical analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.  Additionally, scientist from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mDNA) analysis.

Today, 7,649 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.  Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by American recovery teams or disinterred from unknown graves.  Smith’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl along with others who are missing from the Korean War.  A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Smith will be buried August 17, 2019, in his hometown.


“You Are Not Forgotten”

Tommy Cannon
Georgia POW/MIA Honor Guard, Post 29

Trip To Murphy, NC

The Post is planning a trip to Murphy, NC to have an afternoon of fun, gambling, and fellowship.  It is open to all post members. The trip will be Thursday July 25th – we will leave the post promptly at 9AM and depart from Murphy around 4:30 pm.   This is not a legion sponsored event, but an event put together by Milton Dickson.  We plan on having two vans that will hold 15 people each.   The cost of the trip will be approximately $20 per person to cover gas, and insurance.  No smoking on the buses, but we will make stops on the road. Each participant will be given $20 in slot machine credits to play on the machines.  It will be based on first come, first served.

Contact Milton Dickson 678-429-9359 for reservations.