posted on Sep, 29 2006 @ 07:00 PM
If you are interested in the issue then contact your local chapter of Rolling Thunder.
They are an organization dedicated to holding the U.S. government accountable for POWs and MIAs from all wars.
The US government secretly promised to pay the North Vietnamese 8 billion dollars in "war reparations" in exchange for all prisoners being held at
the end of the war.
The NVA released those that were known to be held, specifically those pilots and back seat guys being held in the "Hanoi Hilton".
The US reneged on the deal and never paid the money that they committed to.
Out of the roughly 3000 MIAs only 300 were returned. The majority of those were the officers that managed to get their name out to the Red Cross, and
No POWs were returned from Laos or Cambodia.
In all probability there were also deserters that rallied to the NVA, and also pilots and crews lost in areas that were so remote that recovery was
Wounded, captured personnel were probably executed and buried in unmarked graves.
There are still 30,000 French buried in known graves in Vietnam, but the Vietnamese charge up to 2,000 dollars to disinter these soldiers, and then
all transport costs are absorbed by the people requesting the remains.
31 years after the war has ended, the idea that any living members of the US armed services are still alive is very remote. Any that were left behind
were most likely tortured to death, or worked to death, and are all dead by now.
Some were blown into pieces that could not be recovered.
I wish that all Americans would hold our leaders accountable when we send our sons and daughters to war.
We may not be able to bring them all back, but we damn sure better bring back all that we can, or none of us will ever willingly go again.