ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ An Alaskan mountain has been named to honor Americans prisoners of war and those who have never returned.

The newly named Mount POW-MIA can be seen from the Veterans Wall of Honor in Wasilla, about 40 miles north of Anchorage. The 4,314-foot peak had no official name before.

``We must never forget them and this peak will be a permanent reminder to us,'' Gov. Tony Knowles, a Vietnam veteran, said Thursday at a Veteran's Day ceremony in Anchorage.

The state Historical Commission approved the name in September, and the U.S. Board of Geographical Names agreed last month.

The name was suggested by John Morrissey of Patterson, N.Y., a Vietnam veteran from New York state who had formerly lived in Alaska.