In 1971, during the Vietnam War, Mary Hoff, member of the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia and wife of missing in action (MIA) Lt. Commander Michael Hoff U.S.N., proposed the creation of a symbol for American prisoners of war (POW) and those who are MIA. The POW/MIA flag was created for the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia and is officially recognized by the U.S. Congress in conjunction with the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue, “as the symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation.” National League of Families national coordinator Evelyn Grubb, wife of a POW, oversaw its development and also campaigned to gain its widespread acceptance and use by the U.S. federal government, local governments, and civilian organizations across the United States.

– Wikipedia contributors. (2024, January 20). National League of Families POW/MIA flag. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:47, January 21, 2024, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=National_League_of_Families_POW/MIA_flag&oldid=1197443856

For more information about the POW and MIA flag and points of interest visit:

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency at: https://www.dpaa.mil/

National League of Families of American Prisoners & Missing in Southeast Asia at: https://www.pow-miafamilies.org/

Department of Defense at: https://www.defense.gov/Multimedia/Experience/POW-MIA/

History of the POW / MIA Flag at: https://www.nps.gov/ande/learn/historyculture/history-powmia-flag.htm