POW/MIA flag to fly permanently at the state Capitol

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Governor Andy Beshear signed a proclamation Monday, that will order the POW/MIA flag to fly permanently at the state Capitol.

The flag is a symbol to remember and honor every prisoner of war and those missing in action.

Mary Hoff came up with the idea for a banner for those MIA or POWs after her husband, Commander Michael Hoff’s, fighter jet was gunned down over Laos during the Vietnam War on January 7, 1970. He is still considered missing in action.

Her daughter, Suzanne Hoff Ogawa, who lives in Bowling Green, is following in her mother’s footsteps continuing with the goal to bring home all of the soldiers who haven’t yet returned.

“I just made a comment to Brigadier General Adams, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to be flying that flag,” and I didn’t think it was going to happen, but he made it happen. Unfortunately it was not a signed proclamation, so when they changed the flags over for the new governor coming in, that’s why it got taken down,” said Suzanne Hoff Ogawa.

After the flag was removed following the change in governor, Ogawa, Rolling Thunder Kentucky Chapter 5 and many others played a key role in getting the flag flying over the state Capitol again.

Although Ogawa’s father is still MIA, Monday, in Louisville, the nation took one more step toward her goal.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Friday that Marine Corps Reserve Private First Class John R. Bayens was killed during World War II and was laid to rest in his hometown of Louisville on Monday.