from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A prisoner of war.
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- n. Prisoner of war.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A variant of pooh.
- n. A Scotch form of poll.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who surrenders to (or is taken by) the enemy in time of war
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PS 3/18/08: Reader Mike Mariano has written to inform me that THE SECRET OF BLOOD ISLAND actually had a VHS release, possibly unauthorized, under the title POW: PRISONERS OF WAR.
Her friends referred to the acronym POW as meaning ‘prisoner of war’.
"Anyone who says he was not a POW is a friggin 'liar," she said.
Doug stands by his conviction that a POW is a POW.
Being a POW is a highly respectful thing but it does not foreign policy experience make ... just ask General Wesley Clarke.
Getting shot out of the sky during Vietnam and living to tell the story of a POW is a reason to be considered a war hero …. not criteria for president.
Defense in POW/MIA matters, would be able to substantiate this information.
No one by the name of Andrew J. York is a returned POW from the Vietnam
No one by the name of Andrew J. York is a returned POW from the Korean War.
In this age when everybody from a guy who gets overpaid to play a game to a deceased pedophile to a schmuck who gets home from being a POW is called a "hero", it is a real good experience to read about a man that was a real hero, not once, but time and again.
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