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Report of the
Senate Select Committee
on
POW-MIA Affairs:
Acknowledgements

Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs Report: Acknowledgments
Report of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs

Acknowledgments

In acknowledging those who have contributed to the Senate's investigation, we
owe a special thanks to the professional staff who have helped us examine tens
of thousands of documents, interview hundreds of sources, depose nearly 200
witnesses, prepare for public hearings, and provide the advocacy on both sides
of the POW/MIA issue that has been lacking in other examinations of this matter.
Their work represents more than a commitment to the job; it is an abiding
commitment to the POW/MIA issue.


The Committee selected its non-partisan staff based on their investigative
skills, and based on their abilities to argue opposing sides of the central
arguments: Were Americans left behind? Are any alive today? What more can be
done to find answers about their fate? Their work has been tremendous, but it is
their insights that we value in particular because they have helped us sort
through the myriad of issues by giving us the strongest arguments on every side
of the issues.


The staff to whom we owe our special thanks are, in alphabetical order: Kim
Baker, Camilla Bartels, J. William Codinha, Nancy K. Cuddy, Deborah L. DeYoung,
Roger Epstein, John F. Erickson, Hilton Foster, Dan Fox, Stephen Gekoski,
Heather Grimsley, Doug Hall, Keisha Hargo, Don F. Harrison, Jon D. Holstine,
Bryce Hunter, Neal Kravitz, James K. Lay, Col. William LeGro (USA-Ret.), John
Mattes, David McClung, Jon McCreary, Ken Mendelson, Col. Harold Nicklas
(USA-Ret.), Richard S. Smith, Robert P. Taylor, Roger Thyen, Sedgwick D.
Tourison, Jr., Barry L. Valentine, Jonathan Wallace, Catherine C. Woods, and
Frances A. Zwenig.


We also owe our gratitude to the staff of Members' personal offices and
committees, including, in alphabetical order, Dino Carluccio, Peter Cleveland,
Al Fortunato, Art Grant, Chris Kolesnik, Erin McGrath, Neal McKnight, Lori
Murray, Admiral James W. Nance (USN, Ret.), Carter Pilcher, Mark Salter, Bob
Seltzer, Nancy Stetson, and Bill Woodward.


While there is always a danger in singling out any individual, all members of
the Committee believe several people deserve special recognition:


Frances Zwenig - The Committee is particularly grateful for her leadership and
patience, often under difficult circumstances. As Staff Director, she presided
over the full range of passions on this issue, coordinating divergent views and
ultimately tenuous much of the credit for the consensus in this report.


Bill Codinha - The Committee extends special thanks to its Chief Counsel, who
took leave from private law practice and family to marshal the investigation's
team. He displayed enormous legal and political acumen, never losing his
patience or direction even under the most intense pressure. Deborah DeYoung -
Charged with responsibility for relations with press and families, as well as
coordinating production of the Report, our Communications Director proved
sensitive, dependable and professional.


Bill Woodward - The Chairman's designee deserves special credit for eloquently
expressing the complex issues surrounding POW/MIA questions. His work late into
the nights, at times with failing computers, gave voice to our conclusions;
throughout the year, his insight into the broader issues helped the Committee in
its work.


Dino Carluccio - As the Vice Chairman's designee, he was instrumental in keeping
the Committee focused on every lead in key areas of the investigation and worked
in passionate pursuit of the truth and with tireless attention to detail.
Finally, we have appreciated the attention devoted to the POW/MIA issue by
members of the press corps, and in particular C-SPAN, who did a great deal to
help the Committee show the public its work on this unresolved question. For too
long, the POW/MIA issue was the province of fringe media; during the past 15
months, the mainstream press corps has helped us to re-examine in a very open
way an issue that polls consistently show still haunts more than half of all
Americans.



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