Welcome to the website of POW/MIA poetry!
Hello, my name is Marsha Burks Megehee. I am from
Picayune, Mississippi and I'm the...........
The Poet Warrior !
born March 13,1945 in Picayune MS. Her father was serving in the South
Pacific, Army Air Corps and had already picked out a name for a boy-
Ted Lansing. Six months later the mail finally caught up with him, and
he learned he had a daughter who had been born back home in Mississippi.
the daughter of Maj. General Delos H. Burks MS/ANG ret.,Army Air Corps
WWII Veteran, former Chief Press Officer National Veterans of Foreign
Wars,former state legislator , Deputy Atty. Gen. of MS. , Assistant
Adjutant General MS Air National Guard, Asst. Judge Advocate General MS.
ANG. who at age 85 continues to practice law in Picayune Ms. at
Stewart,Burks, and Carroll. "He gave me a sense of what this country is
supposed to be about- that we have the greatest country in the world. .
. . . That each of us are standing on the shoulders…of those who came
before. That we owe a great debt to our veterans…that freedom is never
Marsha's mother Melva Rester Burks recently celebrated their 60th
a brother Michael and sister Gail.
married in 1984 to David H. Megehee, rancher, she has one daughter
Lisa, an attorney, who is married and lives on the Barnett Reservoir in
Rankin County Ms.
lives in Pearl River County MS. where she and her husband David own and
operate Circle M Riding Stables and take care of 35 horses, 15 dogs,
and 8 cats. The farm has been in the Megehee family for over 100 years.
The original deed, which hangs on the wall was signed by President
William McKinley in 1902.
journalist, Marsha spent 15 years as staff writer, editorial columnist
and news editor of the Pearl Press, Pearl, Mississippi.
She is a
three time recipient of The Congress of Freedom Liberty Award for her
patriotic editorials and political satire in her column "The Briar
Patch" in The Pearl Press and Rankin County News, under the pen name
hobbies are collecting old record albums, reading American History, and
collecting Native American arrowheads found on the creek where she
became a POW Poet/Activist in 1997, after a series of prophetic dreams
about an American POW who said he was alive and wanted to come home. "I
believe my past training as a journalist forced me to check out the
dreams, and not to just pass it off as another strange coincidence. I
always told people I had no family missing in action from the Vietnam
War fiasco in Southeast Asia, at my first National Alliance meeting, I
bought a book "More Than Merely Names." When I got home, I showed it to
my father and he looked through it, then said , "Marsha, here is your
cousin Virgil Grant Stewart." I really was not surprised. It seemed like
I was doing just what I was supposed to be doing. My grandfather and his
(Virgil's) grandmother Viola were brother and sister. I never knew he
was missing in Vietnam. They had moved to Baton Rouge when I was a
child. I never really got to know him."
geneaologist, while researching her father's ancestors, she also learned
that her great great grandfather, Pvt. Daniel Burks, a musician in
General Jackson's army at the Battle of New Orleans , was a POW aboard a
British ship, having been captured during the battle. He had enlisted at
Natchez, Mississippi, along with his father and five brothers after
their mother died.
was only seven at the time he was taken aboard the ship to be taken to
England, but a woman visiting aboard ship felt sorry for the child, and
as she left the ship…took him by the hand…pretending he was her son,
allowing him to escape and return to his family.
Coincidently, Marsha's webmaster, Junny Jackson in NC, is a Vietnam
Veteran, POW/MIA Activist, and is a distant cousin of Andrew Jackson,
whom grandpa Daniel served with at Chalmette Battlefield.
saw a few of my poems in Moonduster, I had never met him, then months
later, he sent me an email saying "Won't make you wait for Christmas." I
clicked the URL and nearly died…he had on his own, secretly designed a
web page for my POW/MIA poetry. I had met Junny on line while doing
research on one of my adopted POWs, Gregory Harris, USMC of NY.
I became involved with America's POW/MIA issue, a "what if?" crossed my
mind, what if all these many years later, one of my six adopted POWs
might be that kind lady's great great grandson, some kind of
synchronicity that had come full circle?" Daniel never knew her name.
Megehee had always believed that the U.S. government had left men behind
in Korea and Vietnam, however, raising her daughter seemed to take all
of her time. In July 1997, shortly after she bought her first computer,
she was surfing and came across Gunny Fallon's site, and a POW Activist
was born. I submitted a poem about Danny Entrican from Mississippi to
Moonduster's Barb Malone……..and my life took a sharp POW/MIA turn.
"After I became involved in the POW/MIA issue, I met Joe and Mary
Milliner, whose son William Patrick Milliner is MIA in Laos. I wasn't
surprised to learn that Joe in Kentucky and my father in Mississippi had
both been in the 44th Bomb Group, Army Air Corps, during
WWII. Just one of those "small world" coincidences. After four years in
POW research and writing POW related poetry, I finally posted on my
computer a small sign saying, "Coincidence is God's Way of Remaining
the song says, "I Believe There Are Angels Among Us" and I also believe
they are saying, "BRING THEM HOME NOW! It's Time!"