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September 21, 2012

POW/MIA remembrance ceremony set for Sunday in Haysville

A remembrance ceremony will be held Sunday to honor a prisoner of war from the Korean War and a soldier who went missing in action from the Vietnam War.

A remembrance ceremony will be held Sunday to honor a prisoner of war from the Korean War and a soldier who went missing in action from the Vietnam War.

The ceremony will start at 2 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Post 6957, 7504 S. Broadway, in Haysville. The event is open to the public.

Army Cpl. Henry Johnson will be recognized. He died at age 21 of starvation and exposure on April 30, 1951, while a POW in Korea. A member of one of the last all-black infantry companies in the Army, Johnson had been captured about five months earlier.

Johnson was born in Conway, Ark., but his family later moved to the Wichita area. His remains were only recently identified, and he was buried in Wichita in April, said Jim Denison, the VFW’s state POW/MIA chairman.

Also being remembered Sunday will be Army Sgt. Floyd Robinson, who is from Burlington and has family in the Wichita area. He has been listed as missing since taking part in a recon patrol in Vietnam on March 12, 1969, Denison said. Robinson was 20 at the time.

A flag-folding ceremony will also be conducted during Sunday’s event for Timothy Rankin, a Derby Army veteran who served in Iraq and died in Wichita in July.

Sunday’s ceremony is conducted by the VFW’s fifth district, which includes most of the posts in south-central Kansas. The event concludes the state’s annual POW/MIA recognition and remembrance week.

The number of Kansans who are still listed as POWs or MIAs from World War II is unknown, Denison said. But the number of Kansans who remain listed as POW/MIA from Korea total 289 and 24 from Vietnam, he added.

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