|POW/MIA Recognition Day
ept. 17 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, a day of special tribute to men and women who, in the service of the United States, became prisoners of war or were missing in action during wartime. While most of the nation's POWs and MIAs have been in the military, members of the Foreign Service, too, have suffered the hardships of enemy captivity with honor, dignity and distinction. Here, taken largely from their own accounts, are the stories of two Foreign Service officers held prisoner and one who narrowly escaped capture during the Vietnam War.
or city planners, Thessaloniki is a nightmare. When local authorities decided several years ago to build a desperately needed underground parking lot in the middle of town, bulldozers scraped a few feet of dirt away, only to find traces of Turkish buildings lying on top of successive layers of Byzantine, Roman and Hellenistic remains. The bulldozers moved out and the archaeologists moved in. No parking lot was built, but some startling finds were unearthed.
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