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Fallen but Not Forgotten – Presentation by Ward B. Nickisch, Colonel, US Army Retired

April 11, 2020 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Fallen but Not Forgotten – The Search of and Recovery of POW/MIA from Prior Wars Presented by Ward B. Nickisch, Colonel, US Army Retired

The presentation will provide an update on our Nation’s search and recovery operations to bring home the skeletal remains of those service members who continue to be “unaccounted for” from Southeast Asia, Korea and World War II.

Through the use of colored slides, the audience will be able to see actual recovery missions and will be exposed to some of the scientific processes (including mtDNA) used to identify the recovered remains and return them to the service member’s family. Included in the presentation will be an update on recovery missions into North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) and a very significant recovery of WWII Marines from the South Pacific. Additionally, there will be an update on the Unknowns from the USS Oklahoma which was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and an update on the 55 boxes of remains returned by the North Koreans in July 2018.

There are almost 1,600 service members who remain “unaccounted for” from Southeast Asia; more than 7,600 from the Korean War; and almost 73,000 from WWII. The audience will gain an understanding and appreciation for our Nation’s commitment and the dedication of the soldiers and civilians who conduct this arduous duty to achieve the fullest possible accounting

About Colonel Ward Nickisch:

Colonel Ward Nickisch is a native of Huron, South Dakota who retired after 30 years of Army service, including duty in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971. He later commanded two companies in Germany and a battalion in the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, NC and went on to serve as the Deputy Adjutant General of the Army. His last assignment was as the Director of Casualty and Memorial Affairs for the US Army. In that position he supervised the US Army’s Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii (CILHI), which conducted the search, recovery, identification and repatriation of the soldiers (of all Military Services) whose bodies were never recovered from all prior wars. In 2003 this unit became a part of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) which was then reorganized into the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) in January 2015.

He has participated in recovery missions in Vietnam; and he served as a senior member of the United States Delegation to the first bilateral talks with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. These historically significant talks resulted in the agreement for the conduct of the first Joint Recovery Operations into North Korea beginning in July 1996. Subsequent negotiations reached agreement for additional Joint Recovery Operations and established the framework for similar missions in subsequent years. He was honored to be directly involved in the planning and implementation of the events relating to the disinterment and identification of the remains of the Vietnam Unknown from the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

Colonel Nickisch remains active in Veterans affairs at the local, state and national levels. In 2012 he was designated by the Secretary of the Army as a Distinguished Member of the Adjutant General’s Corps Regiment and inducted into the US Army Adjutant General’s Corps Hall of Fame at Ft. Jackson, SC. He is a member of the Gainesville Ruritan Club, the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and several Veteran organizations including the VFW, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Military Officers Association of America, and the Northern Virginia Veterans Association (NOVAVETS). Colonel Nickisch and his wife reside in Gainesville, Virginia

Tickets may be purchased in advance either online or by calling the Barns of Rose Hill Box Office at 540-955-2004 (Noon to 3:00 – Tuesday through Saturday). If you call when our Box Office is closed, please leave a message and we’ll return your call within 24 business hours. All sales are final. Exceptions for special circumstances may be made no later than 24 hours prior to performance.


Barns of Rose Hill
95 Chalmers Ct
Berryville, VA 22611 United States
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