Any person serving in or with the Armed Forces of the United States, in or with the
Red Cross, in or with the United States Merchant Marine, during any time when a state
of hostilities exists between the United States and any other power, who has been
reported or listed by the appropriate federal agency as missing in action or as a
prisoner of war for a period of one year, shall be an “absentee in military service” within the meaning of this Chapter.
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