Veteran with Alzheimer's can't forget MIA brother

KING 5's Drew Mikkelsen reports.

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Art Vogel doesn’t remember much.

The 91-year-old Olympia man has Alzheimer’s and his granddaughter Jennifer McDaniel said he doesn’t know who she is anymore.

“There’s good days and bad days with Alzheimer’s,” said McDaniel, “But on good days he remembers his brother.”

Vogel’s brother, Pete Vogel, was in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

The plane he was riding in crashed somewhere in the Pacific Ocean in the Spring of 1943 and Vogel was never heard from again.

McDaniel, who served in the U.S. Army in the 1990s, told other veterans about her great uncle during the annual National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at the Washington state capitol Friday morning.

“It’s important to say his name out loud. It’s important not to forget, because the families don’t forget,” said McDaniel.

She used her grandfather as an example.

“What he remembers about Pete is that Pete is gone,” said McDaniel, “What he will say is ‘You know they never found Pete.’ If he remembers, we all should remember.”

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