“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)


Tampa POW/MIA Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, December 13, 2008
1. Tampa POW/MIA Marker
Lower Plaque reads:
Designed by
Dana Chwan
Michele Chwan
MIA Widow & Daughter

Throughout history we have answered
our country's call to arms,
for freedom, for justice,
for self-determination of an ally,
we have served, and sometimes paid
in grim coin the price exacted,

Through no fault of ours,
somehow we are left
on foreign shores,

Some of us lie in unmarked graves,
some of us remain behind prison bars
and some of us serve as slave laborers;
Yet all of us yearn to be
returned to the land of our birth,

Whether to live out the remainder
of our lives in freedom,
or to rest in peace, at last
in our native soil -
America, America, bring us home - someday.

Missing in action
World War II - 78,751
Korea - 8,177
Vietnam [ blanked ]

The Citizens of Tampa, Florida salute
Our American POW/MIAS
You Are Not Forgotten
February 19, 1987

Erected 1987 by Citizens of Tampa.
Location. 27° 56.843′ N, 82° 27.462′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker can be reached from N.Franklin St.(SR 60) near E. Kennedy Blvd, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. On the Franklin St. side of the Tampa
Tampa POW/MIA Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, December 13, 2008
2. Tampa POW/MIA Marker
Municipal Building. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Rough Riders Passed By Here (a few steps from this marker); Tampa's First Paved Sidewalk (within shouting distance of this marker); The Salvation Army (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Col. Frank S. Adamo, M.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); Capt. James McKay, I (1808 - 1876) (within shouting distance of this marker); William F. Poe Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Courthouse Square (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Great 1909 Auto Race (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Tampa.
More about this marker. This section of Franklin St. is Pedestrian traffic only
Additional comments.
1. About the marker designers
My daughter Michele and I designed this marker. We were surprised and honored that it was the winner in a 1986 City of Tampa contest for a tribute to American servicemen who were Missing in Action or POW's in the Vietnam War. My husband, Michael, was MIA after his F-4C plane was shot down over North Vietnam on September 30 1965. He was 26
Tampa POW/MIA Marker, N.Franklin St. side of Tampa Municipal Building Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Tampa POW/MIA Marker, N.Franklin St. side of Tampa Municipal Building
years old at that time. Michele was born six months later. Nineteen and a half years after his death, a handful of remains were returned and interred at Arlington National Cemetery on April 18, 1986. Additional information is available on our website:

Michele was 20 when she designed the bamboo and barbed wire border for the plaque verse which I wrote (apparently with help from 'the other side'.)

In these 50 years since Mike died, I have become more aware of the consequences of war and urge all now to work for Peace in our lives, families and communities.
    — Submitted October 29, 2015, by Dana Chwan of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Categories. MilitaryWar, KoreanWar, VietnamWar, World II
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,440 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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