Impressive Endorsement! Former Prisoners of War Support Mitt Romney

Pictured are glasses and cap of a former POW…
(Photo - Ted Jackson/Times Picayune)

What a great honor for Governor Mitt Romney…

Yesterday, 150 former prisoners of war (POWs) announced their support for Romney:

I am deeply honored to have the support of these American heroes who suffered so much for our nation and her people,” said Mitt Romney. “Our military men and women are America’s best. They put everything—including their lives and their liberty—on the line for our freedoms. When I am president, I will honor their dedication and those sacrifices by ensuring that we maintain the strength of our military, provide the care our veterans need, and build an economy that gives every American the chance to live their dreams.”

“Our nation’s most sacred commitment is to our men and women in uniform,” said Lt. Colonel Orson Swindle, USMC, (Ret.). “But for the last four years, we’ve been letting them down. Too many veterans come home without opportunities for good jobs. Too many of our wounded are seeing the cost of their medical care on the rise. We need new leadership in Washington. That’s why I am supporting Mitt Romney. He not only appreciates the sacrifices the men and women of the armed forces make, he has the experience and the plan to turn this country around. He’ll make sure that none of our bravest come back from war only to face new and sometimes even more difficult battles at home. Our nation is hungry for that kind of leadership. Mitt Romney will provide it.”

The Governor recently paid tribute to America’s prisoners of war and our military missing in action (MIAs) on National POW/MIA Recognition Day (September 21, 2021).

A bouquet of red, white, and blue graces the National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville, GA. The site serves as a memorial to all American prisoners of war.
Click on image to enlarge. (photographer unknown)

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Governor Mitt Romney has a deep respect and love for all who have served or are currently serving in the United States military. He is pictured greeting a group of veterans after speaking at a campaign event, May 29, 2012, in Craig, CO. (Photo - Mary Altaffer/AP)

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Note: On Oct 17, 2012, Romney announced his Military Advisory Council. You must check out the amazing list of military members serving on his council, including retired General Tommy Franks, who said, “Governor Romney is committed to restoring America’s leadership role in the world. Instead of playing politics with our military, he will strengthen our defense posture by reversing the President’s devastating defense cuts. The fact of the matter is that we cannot afford another four years of feckless foreign policy. We need level-headed leadership which will protect our interests and defend our values with clarity and without apology.” DO read more here.

Every name on the following list of endorsers for Governor Romney represents an individual story of enormous sacrifice and valor in the service of our nation. Each individual spent time imprisoned by enemies of the United States. They’ve lived through horrors I can only imagine. Each truly knows what it’s like to suffer for the USA. They see how the Obama economy is affecting returning soldiers and they’re concerned about our shrinking military, sequestration, care for older veterans, and are very aware of Obama’s ‘apology tour’ and his Benghazi cover-up. These POWs know what is at stake in this election. I’ve linked information to the first 10 patriots and the last 10. Copy and paste any name (include “POW’) and search the internet to learn more about every veteran listed. As you look over the list, take a moment to show respect for these American heroes by reading each name.

Former prisoners of war endorsing Mitt Romney:

Senator John McCain
Rep. Sam Johnson
Captain Ray Alcorn, USN, (Ret.)
Commander Everett Alvarez, USN, (Ret.)
CWO Frank Anton, USA, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Tim Ayers, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Elmo Baker, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Ted Ballard, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Robert Barnett, USAF, (Ret.)
Major Richard Bates, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain James Bell, USN, (Ret.)
Major General John Borling, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Ron Byrne, USAF, (Ret.)
Major Peter Camerota, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain David Carey, USN, (Ret.)
Commander Al Carpenter, USN, (Ret.)
Colonel/Chaplain Robert Certain, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Harlan Chapman, USMC, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Larry Chesley, USAF, (Ret.)
Commander George Coker, USN, (Ret.)
Colonel James Collins, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Thomas Collins, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel James Condon, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Ken Cordier, USAF, (Ret.)
Major Joe Crecca, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Tom Curtis, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Samuel B. Cusimano, USAF, (Ret.)
Major J. D. Cutter, USAF, (Ret.)

Colonel George “Bud” Day, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Rob Doremus, USN, (Ret.)
Commander Dale Doss, USN, (Ret.)
Colonel Dan Doughty, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Jerry D. Driscoll, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Dave Drummond, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel John Dunn, USA, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jeff Ellis, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Jack Ensch, USN, (Ret.)
Commander Robert Fant, USN, (Ret.)
Colonel John Fer, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Ken Fisher, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Fredrick Flom, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Dave Ford, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Bill Franke, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert B. Fuller, USN, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Norm Gaddis, USAF, (Ret.)
Commander Ralph Gaither, USN, (Ret.)
Commander Paul Galanti, USN, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel William A Gauntt, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Terry Geloneck, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Wayne Goodermote, USN, (Ret.)
Captain Paul Granger, USN, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Dave Grant, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Lawrence Guarino, USAF, (Ret.)
Staff Sergeant Gary Guggenberger, USA, (Ret.)
Captain Collins Haines, USN, (Ret.)
Commander Porter Halyburton, USN, (Ret.)
Captain Gregg Hanson, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Tom Hanton, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Carlyle Harris, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Jay Hess, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain James Hickerson, USN, (Ret.)
Colonel James Hivner, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain David Hoffman, USN, (Ret.)
Colonel Ed Hubbard, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Robert Hudson, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Gobel James, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Robert Jeffrey, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Harry Johnson, USAF , (Ret.)
Colonel Murphy Neal Jones, USAF, (Ret.)
Sergeant Everett King, USA, (Ret.)
Colonel Joe Kittinger, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Rod Knutson, USN, (Ret.)
Colonel James Kula, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Hal Kushner, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Jim Lamar, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Mike Lane, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Gordon Larson, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Tom Latendresse, USN, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Laurie Lengyel, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Edward Leonard, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Henry Lesesne, USN, (Ret.)
Major Stephen Long, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Ed Martin, USN, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Ron Mastin, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Norm McDaniel, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Eugene McDaniel, USN, (Ret.)
Major Fred McMurray, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Tom McNish, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Read MecLeary, USNR, (Ret.)
Captain James Mehl, USN, (Ret.)
Captain Bill Metzger, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Joe Mobley, USN, (Ret.)
Captain Ernest Melvin Moore, USN, (Ret.)
Major John S. Murphy, USAF, (Ret.)
Lewis Meyer
Major Spike Nasmyth, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Martin Neuens, USAF, (Ret.)
Commander Aubrey Allen Nichols, USN, (Ret.)
Colonel Tom Norris, USAF, (Ret.)
Commander Dale Osborne, USN, (Ret.)
Commander Gordon Paige, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant Mike Penn, USN, (Ret.)
Captain Joseph C. Plumb, USN, (Ret.)
Colonel Ben Pollard, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Thomas Pyle, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Dale Raebel, USN, (Ret.)
Colonel James E. Ray, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jon Reynolds, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Paul K. Robinson, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain William A Robinson, USAF, (Ret.)
Commander David J. Rollins, USN, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel George Alan Rose, USAF, (Ret.)
CWO Joseph Rose, III, USA, (Ret.)
Major Wesley D. Schierman, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Pete Schoeffel, USN, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Bill Schwertfeger, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Bruce Seeber, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Brian Seek, USAF, (Ret.)
Commander Bill Shankel, USN MC, (Ret.)
Colonel Lew Shattuck, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert Shumaker, USN, (Ret.)
Major Theodore S. Sienicki, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Gary Sigler, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Gene Smith, USAF, (Ret.)
Major Mark A. Smith, USA, (Ret.)
Commander J. B. Souder, USN, (Ret.)
Captain Charles Southwick, USN, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel William Spencer, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Tom Storey, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Richard Stratton, USN, (Ret.)
Colonel Leroy Stutz, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Orson Swindle, USMC, (Ret.)
Colonel Bernard Talley, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Richard Tangeman, USN, (Ret.)
Commander Gary Thornton, USN, (Ret.)
Colonel Leo Thorsness, USAF, (Ret.)
Commander Bill Tschudy, USN, (Ret.)
Colonel Jack Van Loan, USAF, (Ret.)
Major Samuel R. Vaughan, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Dick Vogel, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Raymond Vohden, USN, (Ret.)
Colonel Wayne Waddell, USAF , (Ret.)
Captain Jim Warner, USMC, (Ret.)
Colonel Ronald Webb, USAF, (Ret.)
Commander Dave Wheat, USN, (Ret.)
Captain Irv Williams, USN, (Ret.)
Captain Bill Wilson, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Brian Woods, USN, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel John Yuill, USAF, (Ret.)
Commander Charlie Zuhoski, USN, (Ret.)

What a tremendous chorus of confidence for Mitt Romney.

God bless you, sirs! I’m sure I speak for all Romney/Ryan supporters in extending a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you for your tremendous service and untold sacrifices for the United States of America.

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13 Responses to Impressive Endorsement! Former Prisoners of War Support Mitt Romney

  1. PT says:

    My father served in WWII. He was not a prisoner of war but he would stand shoulder to shoulder with these brave men. He passed away at age 57 and I wish he was alive today to witness Mitt Romney’s election win on Tuesday. We could have celebrated together.

  2. Jayde Wyatt says:

    Thank you, PT, for your comment and for your father’s work and service to our country during WWII. I, too, have veterans in my family. Those living are enthusiastically backing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. I have to think those who have passed on are not unaware of the current state of our union and are cheering, in the great beyond, for Mitt and Paul, too.

    Those who take a moment to read about some of the POWs in this article will be filled with renewed, rushing gratitude and patriotism. What they did for liberty spurs lovers of freedom to fight even more diligently these last few days to give VICTORY to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan!

  3. Kerie Amsden says:

    Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Every night as I tuck my girls into bed I am thankful for the men and women like you who have given so much for us all. My brother was not a prisioner of war but is a veteran of the first Gulf War and suffers from Gulf War Syndrom. The hardships he deals with daily remind me of the incredible cost that freedom requires. Thank You all again for your service. My hand is always on my heart and a tear is always in my eye when I hear our national anthem. Hearing Mitt Romney speak about America tugs at my heart because I feel his love for our country. Your endorsement leads me to believe that you feel his devotion as well. God Bless you all. Romney/Ryan 2012!!

  4. Molly Adams Dickson says:

    Thank you Gentlemen for your service to these United States! My father was also retired military. National Guard for 42 years. Rank of Full Bird Col. Battle of the Bulge. He would be standing with you for Mitt Romney, as I am! God Bless you and your families. xo



  6. Darla Kavanaugh says:

    God bless all of you for your service !!

  7. Laura Cummings says:

    My husband is a veteran of the Korean War and the Viet Nam war. There are many things that bothers him still, after this many years. I gave my thanks to him for being there then and I give my thanks to those in action now. I vote for Romney because he has feelings and sympathy for veterans and will help them keep the benefits they earned.

  8. Karen Wade says:

    What an honor for Mitt Romney.

  9. Cathy says:

    My father served in WW2, Korean war and Viet Nam, as a B-52 pilot in the Air Force. So very proud of him and all of our brave military men and women. Bless them all and may we never forget their sacrifices for us and our country. Mitt Romney will champion and keep our military a strong and prepared force to reckon with.

  10. Fatema Lewis says:

    I am very impress with Mitt Romney. He cares a lot about military and honor them who save our country. Bless them all and men and women are brave. Mitt has feeling and sympathy for military . That why I vote for Romney

  11. gloria says:

    Without The Arm Forces protecting our country whats the use of having a good economy? Please don’t get me wrong the economy is also important! But we need to also protect our Protectors from back home! God bless them and also all the Men and Women that are trying to get our City back after Sandy. Electrians, the Staffs of Hospitals etc. they are the people that should be praised!

  12. Sheila Straight says:

    my Uncle was a survivor of the Baatan Death March, who died later in their camps, but he would I’m sure be backing Gov Romney. RIP Pacos Finley

  13. Pennie says:

    God Bless these incredible men and their families. God Bless all our service people and their families and God Bless Gov. Romney, Paul Ryan and their familes and God help us to turn United States back to what our forefathers fought for - not for what it is becoming.