Ask the Times

Published January 20, 2007

How many troops who are prisoners of war or missing in action (POW/MIA) through the years from World War II through the present war are women?

During World War II, 88 women, mostly Army nurses, were held as prisoners of war; more than 540 service women were killed. There were no female POW/MIAs in the Korean or Vietnam wars. There were 17 female casualties in Korea and eight in Vietnam. During Desert Storm, two women were taken as prisoners of war and 16 women lost their lives. During the current war, 58 female troops have been killed and three women were POWs.