How many prisoners of war are there in Vietnam

Remaining prisoners of war in Vietnam

The POW / MIA-Theory (Prisoner Of W.ar /M.issing in A.ction) states that hundreds of the lost in battle or killed in battle (with a missing corpse) valid US soldiers of the Vietnam War, in truth become prisoners of war, whose survival was denied by the US government and military in order not to have to make further concessions to the socialist opponents of the war.

Unless they have already died, these US soldiers are said to still live in captivity in Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia. The last prisoners of war were officially transferred to the USA in Operation Homecoming in 1973, but around 1350 US soldiers remained missing and no bodies could be recovered from the 1200 killed in action.

Notes on prisoners of war Edit source]

According to various sources, over a hundred witnesses, mostly refugees, reported of US prisoners of war after 1973.

In addition, especially during the Reagen government, secret service information about remaining prisoners of war and failed rescue attempts, especially in 1981, is said to have leaked out again and again. At the same time, however, officials who openly spoke of remaining prisoners of war were also massively attacked.

Bobby Garwood [edit | Edit source]

The US Marine Bobby Garwood was taken prisoner in North Vietnam on September 28, 1965. He did not return to the United States until 1979, claiming he was an abandoned prisoner of war and that there were other prisoners of war alive.

The US Department of Defense denies Garwood's statement that Garwood stayed in Vietnam at his own request in 1973 and was a collaborator with North Vietnam. According to the Defense Intelligence Agency, Garwood's statements about stone buildings in which prisoners of war were held could not be verified with satellite imagery.

Eugene F. Tighe [edit | Edit source]

Eugene F. Tighe was the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1977 to 1981. According to his statement, the internal commission has come to the conclusion that there are still living prisoners of war in Indochina. Pentagon officials attacked him sharply for making this statement.

Rescue attempts Edit source]

Shortly after the end of the war there was speculation about prisoners of war in Vietnam. The billionaire Ross Perot therefore sent a mercenary force himself in 1973 to search for prisoners of war in Vietnam and to free them.

Colonel Bo Gritz, who served as a template for Rambo, is said to have tried to locate prisoners of war himself shortly after the war. He is said to have worked for a while with the Intelligence Support Activity, which looked for living prisoners of war based on satellite images with white prisoners of war. The ISA is said to have stopped supporting Gritz after Gritz proved to be unreliable. Gritz himself stated that he was part of a Delta Force operation, which was canceled shortly before the strike, whereupon he and his men acted on their own. The prisoners of war were transferred shortly before the operation, allegedly because the Voice of America had betrayed the operation.

Gritz also worked with Perot on a later rescue attempt.

Under reagents, Perot became a "special investigator" for Reagans Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, in which he received little support in the search for prisoners of war. He attempted to negotiate with the Vietnamese himself, but this was quickly taken from him by a US delegation, which is said to have limited the talks to the remains of US soldiers.

United States Senate Select Committee on POW / MIA Affairs Edit source]

In order to finally clarify the question of remaining prisoners of war, a committee was set up between 1989 and 1993 to investigate the evidence. The ultimate result was that there was no evidence of the remaining living prisoners of war in Indochina after 1973.

In any case, the participation of John Kerry and John McCain on the committee was detrimental to them in the veteran community, which firmly believes in the living prisoners of war.

A useful lie? Edit source]

Some theorists, mostly on the left, see the "living prisoners of war" as a rumored disinformation, which was used for military and secret service operations under the guise of Rescue missions to justify and to collect donations, for example from Ross Perot.

An indication of this is in particular the schizophrenic position of the US government and military, which on the one hand fought against any information on living prisoners of war and on the other hand repeatedly leaked such information.

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