[Ads-l] antedating "MIA"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 11 21:36:55 UTC 2023

OED: 1946.

1944 _Springfield [Mass.] Daily Republican_ (July 20) 3: In Washington, the
War Department file on Pfc Fred T. Gentry...reads "M. I. A." - missing in

1945 _Seattle Daily Times_ (Jan. 25) 2: I've come back with two engines
wind-milling...and still not been worried - in any other plane you'd figure
you were automatically M. I. A. (missing in action).

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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