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Questions About US MIA/POWs In Vietnam.  
User currently offlineDIJKKIJK From France, joined Jul 2003, 1791 posts, RR: 4
Posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2041 times:

I have a few questions about US soldiers who were MIA/POWs in Vietnam.

1. Have they all been accounted for ? Are there any who are still 'missing' and not confirmed dead? If so, have any attempts been made to trace them, now that the US and Vietnam are on good terms.

2. The Vietnamese probably kept many of them for several years after the war in awful conditions, like what was shown in Rambo II. Have any of these brave men survived and returned home?

3. I have heard that many US soliders married Vietnamese women after the war and continued to live there on their own free will. Is this true?

Thanks

[Edited 2008-01-19 09:12:15]


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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2030 times:



Quoting DIJKKIJK (Thread starter):
1. Have they all been accounted for ?

No! Yes there have been attempts and remains have been found, but its a slow process. Helpful clues have come from the people living in the villages, but after thirty its tough. They are still finding bodies of airmen from WWII in old unreported crashes in remote areas.


User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2015 times:

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Thread starter):
Have any of these brave men survived and returned home?

Yes, they were rescued by Johnny Rambo and Col. Braddock.

[Edited 2008-01-19 10:05:36]


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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1998 times:



Quoting DIJKKIJK (Thread starter):
If so, have any attempts been made to trace them, now that the US and Vietnam are on good terms.

There is a unit of the US Military based in Hawaii that specializes in this operation. A good friend of mine once worked for them in the mid-late-1990s. He's retired and lives in Aiea, HI today.

You can read about that unit here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JPAC

http://www.jpac.pacom.mil/index.php?rd=1

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Thread starter):
The Vietnamese probably kept many of them for several years after the war in awful conditions, like what was shown in Rambo II. Have any of these brave men survived and returned home?

No proof of that that I can find, but I would guess that would be accurate.

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Thread starter):
I have heard that many US soliders married Vietnamese women after the war and continued to live there on their own free will. Is this true?

I'm sure that's possible . . . during and after the war.


Sadly, not all the MIA/POWs are accounted for from Vietnam . . .


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14011 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1974 times:



Quoting AirCop (Reply 1):
Quoting DIJKKIJK (Thread starter):
1. Have they all been accounted for ?

No! Yes there have been attempts and remains have been found, but its a slow process. Helpful clues have come from the people living in the villages, but after thirty its tough. They are still finding bodies of airmen from WWII in old unreported crashes in remote areas.

Even in Germany. A friend of mine went metal-detecting in the Huertgen Forest near Aachen and (through his metal detector detecting the metal dog tag) found the remains of a German WW2 soldier (there was a desperate battle fought in these hills for three months during winter 1944-45 between American and German troops). Unlike the scavengers, who e.g. rob the battle fields in Russia (taking personal items off the dead bodies to sell on eBay, careful when you see e.g. a German dog tag "found in the ground", and dump the bones in a hole), my friend went to the priest in the next village and showed him the site (the soldier's body was apparently still in the same foxhole he died in). the priest then called the police, which arranged matters with the war graves comission to collect the remains for reburial in a proper grave yard and to notify the relatives (if they still exist).

On the other hand, many Vietnamese women are very attractive. I know of German soldiers (or ex-POW's), who lost all family back home during bombing raids, and, after release from the POW camps decided to stay in the country they were in, married a local girl and blended perfectly into the local population. There existed concentrations of former German soldiers e.g. in Northern France, the UK or in Yugoslavia, though they usually adopted local habits, so that it is almost impossible to distinguish them from those who have been living there for centuries.
One example from the Napoleonic wars would be my great-great-great...-grandfather, who as a French soldier of Napoleon's Grande Armee, survived the Russia campaign in 1811-1812 and decided that he had enough. He got stuck in the former German province East Prussia (today divided between Poland, Russia and Lithuania).

I can well imagine that a few Americans met a nice woman in some Vietnamese village, deserted and stayed on, keeping their heads down, since I think the American government will still prosecute deserters decades after they deserted.

Jan


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