American Ex-Prisoners of War

The American Ex-Prisoners of War (AXPOW) is a not-for-profit, Congressionally-chartered, veterans’ service organization that advocates for former prisoners of war and their families.  Established April 14, 1942 as the Bataan Relief Organization (BRO), its name was changed to American Ex-Prisoners of War at its second National Convention in April 1949. 

The reason for the name change was so veterans from the European Theater would realize that they were eligible for membership. By changing the name to American Ex-Prisoners of War, it would welcome all former POWs, Civilian Internees and their families and descendents from any war. There were 800 at the 1949 convention.

The AXPOW emblem was designed as a lapel pin by former prisoner of war and National Director, Bryan T. Doughty of Denver, Colorado, in 1949. The heraldic symbols, representing Justice, are balanced on swords. The curves at the top of the shield portray the two massive military defeats suffered by the United States Armed Forces in World War II: Bataan and the Belgium Bulge.

Later, the Ex-POW motto was adopted: NON SOLUM ARMIS, Latin for "Not by Arms Alone." Membership is open to citizens of the United States who were captured or interned by the enemy.

Chapters in Texas:

Department of Texas 292 VZ County Road 3727 Wills Point, TX 75169-6907 903-560-1734 Cmdr:
James L Lollar
Capitol City Chapter PO Box 57 Bastrop, TX 78602 512-237-2744 Cmdr:
Sina J Chandler
Dallas Metroplex Chapter 292 VZ CR 3727 Wills Point, TX 75169 903-560-1734 Cmdr:
James L Lollar
East Texas Chapter #1 4500 Richmond Rd Tyler, TX 75703 903-581-5466 Cmdr:
Peggy Wilmeth
Fort Worth Chapter 1101 Arbrook #209 Arlington, TX 76014 817-773-9986 Cmdr:
Mel Stevens
Texas Gulf Coast Chapter 7575 Willowchase Blvd #3103 Houston, TX 77070 281-955-0162 Cmdr:
Edna Ames
Texas Panhandle Chapter 1509 S Alabama Amarillo, TX 79102 806-355-5574 Cmdr:
Earnest E McAlpine