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May 23, 2011
Release # 11-11
POW/MIA RECOVERY & INVESTIGATION TEAMS SEARCH FOR MISSING AMERICANS
JPAC teams search for missing in action (MIA) Americans from Vietnam War
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (May 23, 2011) - Several archeological recovery teams and investigation teams from the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) recently deployed to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam searching for MIA’s from the Vietnam War.
About 60 JPAC team members deployed to account for Americans that have been missing for more than 40 years. Recovery teams will search for human remains, life support items, and other material evidence (personal and military issued items) that may further the identification of Americans missing from past U.S. conflicts. Investigation teams will authenticate leads from eyewitnesses, conduct field research, and gather information throughout the various provinces to determine whether or not there will be a return visit for excavation at a later date.
Not all US POWs were released by their captors at the end of the Vietnam War.
The U.S. government knew that all POWs were not released.
U.S. POWs remain in captivity today.
There is a conspiracy within the U. S. government to hide the continued imprisonment of Americans and, whenever the truth emerges, it is debunked.
The U.S. government is doing nothing to account for or recover missing men.
All U.S. POWs captured during the Vietnam War were released, either at Operation Homecoming (spring, 1973) or earlier. The only men captured and not released are 113 who died in captivity; their identities and the circumstances of their deaths are known; some of their remains have been recovered/returned..
No U. S. prisoners of war have been abandoned by the U. S. government.
No U.S POWs remained in captivity after the conclusion of Operation Homecoming.
There is no conspiracy within the U. S. government to conceal the abandonment of prisoners of war (who were not abandoned in the first place).
No U.S. POWs from Indochina were taken to the Soviet Union, China, or any other third country.
The U.S. government has been -- since well before the end of the Vietnam War -- exerting all possible efforts to recover or account for missing men. That effort continues today and is unprecedented in the history of warfare.
Currently, 1,699 Americans are "unaccounted for" in Southeast Asia:
North Vietnam : 477
South Vietnam : 824
Laos : 332
Cambodia : 59
China (territorial waters) : 7
These figures were last updated on : March 06, 2011
Figures include 468 at sea or overwater losses
So, what do I know about it?
I am Joe Schlatter, Colonel, U. S. Army, Retired. I retired on 1 April 1995. My involvement in the MIA issue came during two assignments:
February 1986 - July 1990 Feb 86 - Dec 88: Chief, Analysis Branch, Defense Intelligence Agency Special Office for POW-MIA Affairs
Dec 88 - Jul 90: Chief, Defense Intelligence Agency Special Office for POW-MIA Affairs
July 1993 - March 1995: Deputy Director, Defense POW-MIA Office
2/13 Field Artillery
February 1969 - February 1970
Originally posted by JMech
My father served in and around Danang 1965-66 as a flame tanker in the Marine Corps so your post caught my eye S&F. Obviosly he came home, but a lot did not. Let's hope they find some answers for the families of the missing.edit on 25-5-2011 by JMech because: spellingedit on 25-5-2011 by JMech because: spelling again,long day
The Vietnam-Era Declassified Documents
Since 1992, this database has been an index to Vietnam-era documents declassified by the Department of Defense (now totaling approximately 145,000 documents). The Federal Research Division has received digital copies of these documents and research staff are linking the searchable index records to the digital documents, which then will be retrievable online. Documents still will be available on microfilm for borrowing through local library interlibrary loan or by purchase through the Library of Congress Photoduplication Service.
Documents received from the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office in December 2006 have been added to the index and may be viewed online. Henceforth, upon completion of indexing, all new shipments will be available digitally. Researchers should look to the bottom of the index record for the link to view the document image. Working backward, Federal Research Division staff will continue linking document image files to index records and adding them to the database. Gradually, most index records will provide a link to online retrieval of the original documents.