The Nation: Life without Father

When the Communists released the names of their prisoners—and then the prisoners themselves—the families of 1,340 men had to bear a shock: those 1,340 were still officially listed as missing in action. Legally, the M.I.A.s are still alive, but their wives and children live in a limbo of both legal and personal uncertainties. Last week a salute to veterans was held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Such public celebrations serve only to intensify the anguish of M.I.A.wives, and some stayed away. One such wife, interviewed by TIME'S Joseph J Kane, is Peggie Duggan of El Paso.

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