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Jefferson Barracks
POW-MIA Museum
16-18 Hancock Ave., St.Louis, MO 63125

Museum currently closed undergoing restoration/renovation construction. Thank you for your patience!

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WHY A POW-MIA MUSEUM?

“While we can debate the rights and wrongs of war, what is not open to debate is what these men and women did for their country. This country called, and they answered that call, and many did not return.

People ask why this is important, it’s important because this country sent men and women into harms way and made them a promise. The promise was that they would be returned and it is a promise made not just by our government and our military, it was a promise made by each individual American. Each one of these men and women were somebody’s father or mother, they were somebody’s brother or sister, they were somebody’s husband or wife. All of us are those mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers and sisters. That makes the promise we made to them one husband or wife to another, one mother or father to another, one brother or sister to another, and this is a promise that we’re determined to keep.” – Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command

The Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum will be a part of this promise, a part of that commitment with which we have been entrusted. A commitment through which our fellow Americans will be able to see and understand – a promise made, and a promise kept.

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The museum would like to honor the memory of Doris Koeln, beloved wife of Ex-POW Bill Koeln, in photos. We received the following obituary from her daughter, Diane.
"Doris Schicke Koeln died on December 29, 2020, at the age of 93. She is survived by her beloved husband, William “Bill” Koeln, her son Steve Koeln, her daughter-in-law Joni Fisher, her daughter Diane Grace, her grandson Nathan Fisher-Koeln, her granddaughter Gertrude Fisher-Koeln, and her nephews and a niece.
Doris was born in Saint Louis on July 30, 1927. Her parents, the late Felix and Helen Schicke, had three daughters, the late Lois Nadzak, the late Grace Schicke, and Doris was the youngest in the family.
At Hancock High School, Doris was a cheerleader and she was elected Senior Prom Queen. She graduated in 1945.
Doris and Bill were married on September 10, 1949, and they went to Niagara Falls for their honeymoon. They celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary this past year!
During her working years, Doris worked at Ralston Purina, St. John’s Church, and the Anheuser Busch Grant’s Farm in Saint Louis. When Mr. Busch’s personal assistant was on vacation, Doris was tapped to step in. During that week, she learned the joys of drinking coffee!
Doris was an avid quilter, and she generously made numerous quilts for family and friends. She also made quilts for an ALS patient and a wounded veteran whom she had never met.
Being “Grandma” was one of her favorite roles. She sewed many charming outfits for Nathan and Gertie when they were growing up, and later heirloom quilts.
Doris and Bill were very active in the former St. Louis chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, as Bill is a survivor of the German prison, Stalag 7a. Together, they have supported the evolution of the POW MIA Museum in Jefferson Barracks.
Memorial gifts may be made to the JB POW MIA Museum at: jbpow-mia.org "
You may also donate by sending your check payable to JB POW-MIA Museum to: JBPMM; c/o Financial Support Services; P.O. Box 50348; St. Louis, MO 63105-5348
(Please indicate "In memory of Doris Koeln" and include your name and address for acknowledgement letter.) Thank you.
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I’m sorry for your loss, Diane.

Doris was a wonderful lady! She and Bill sat behind us at church in St Louis each week. I called her a master quilter. She made the most beautiful hand made quilts. Prayers to her family!

Beautiful photos and lovely obituary. My condolences to the family especially you Diane.

My sympathies to the entire Koeln’s family. Truly enjoyed spending time over the years with Doris and Bill at the annual POW/MIA ceremony hosted by The Scott POW/MIA Council. Fred Schmitt Geofrey Bambic Terry Jenkins

Thank you for posting this tribute to my Mom and all these wonderful photos! Each of you touched my parents in such meaningful ways. So grateful for you!

Oh my. What lovely memories to see pictures of both your parents. Peace to the Koeln family.

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We want to send a humongous THANK YOU to the Students and Faculty at Hillsboro Intermediate School for their recent Hawkstrong “Penny Drive” fundraiser to benefit the Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum!

Also a special shout-out to Hillsboro 5th grade “super-teacher" Mrs. Megan Mahue for getting the ball rolling!

Despite these pandemic stressed and challenging times they raised a whopping $500 for the Museum!

Befitting our “first” POW-MIA Campus(sm), the Hillsboro Hawks are truly an inspiration to us all!

Thank You again, Hillsboro Hawks!!
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Remembering 79 years ago, the lives lost and the sacrifices made at Pearl Harbor on this day... December 7th. ... See MoreSee Less

Remembering 79 years ago, the lives lost and the sacrifices made at Pearl Harbor on this day... December 7th.

We wish to THANK the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter #324 of Washington, MO for their recent most generous donation to the Museum.

The Chapter's unwavering support for the Museum project over the years has been so very vital to the Museum’s mission to put names, faces, and stories to that silhouette on the POW-MIA flag.

Unfortunately, time and health concerns have caught up to the Chapter and they will be folding their flag and standing down.

The Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum extends our deepest appreciation to the Members of Korean War Veterans Association Chapter #324 for their steadfast support and generosity.

Your valiant service to our Country, to your Community, and to your fellow Veterans will not be forgotten!

We Salute You for a job well done!

Photo: Korean War Veterans Association Chapter #324 Member Ray Sovar (center) presenting the KWVA Chapter #324 donation to current Museum President Paul Dillon (left) and to Museum Board Member and POW-MIA City(sm) Committee Co-Chair Noel Freesh (right). Ray served in Korea with the 2nd BN, 32nd Infantry, 7th Infantry Division. It was the 7th Infantry Division who engaged two Communist Chinese Divisions, the 141st and the 67th, at the Battle of Pork Chop Hill.
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We wish to THANK the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter #324 of Washington, MO for their recent most generous donation to the Museum.

The Chapters unwavering support for the Museum project over the years has been so very vital to the Museum’s mission to put names, faces, and stories to that silhouette on the POW-MIA flag.

Unfortunately, time and health concerns have caught up to the Chapter and they will be folding their flag and standing down. 

The Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum extends our deepest appreciation to the Members of Korean War Veterans Association Chapter #324 for their steadfast support and generosity.   

Your valiant service to our Country, to your Community, and to your fellow Veterans will not be forgotten! 

We Salute You for a job well done! 

Photo:  Korean War Veterans Association Chapter #324 Member Ray Sovar (center) presenting the KWVA Chapter #324 donation to current Museum President Paul Dillon (left) and to Museum Board Member and POW-MIA City(sm) Committee Co-Chair Noel Freesh (right).  Ray served in Korea with the 2nd BN, 32nd Infantry, 7th Infantry Division.  It was the 7th Infantry Division who engaged two Communist Chinese Divisions, the 141st and the 67th, at the Battle of Pork Chop Hill.Image attachment

Proudly recognizing Hillsboro R3 School District, our “first" POW-MIA Campus(sm), and its efforts and unwavering commitment in this pandemic-challenged year to remembering and making aware to its students the special sacrifices all too often taken for granted, made for the freedoms we all enjoy.

Thank You, Hillsboro Hawks!
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This is awesome! My Father would be so proud to see this🇺🇸❤️

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