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Movie Alert: Hot Docs premiere Unclaimed finds a Vietnam veteran left behind for 44 years
The Toronto Star ^ | 04/25/13 | Linda Barnard

Posted on 04/25/2013 7:37:38 AM PDT by mkleesma

Special Forces Green Beret Master Sgt. John Hartley Robertson had forgotten how to speak English over the 44 years since he was left behind in the Vietnam War. But he never forgot that he was a father, husband and an American soldier, born in Alabama, shot down over Laos in a 1968 classified mission.

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TOPICS: Military/Veterans; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: alabama; canada; film; greenberet; johnhartleyrobertson; laos; mia; unclaimed; vietnam; vietnamwar

1 posted on 04/25/2013 7:37:38 AM PDT by mkleesma
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To: JDoutrider

There is physical proof of Robertson’s birthplace, collected in dramatic fashion onscreen; a tearful meeting in Vietnam with a soldier who was trained by Robertson in 1960 and said he knew him on sight; and a heart-wrenching reunion with his only surviving sister — 80-year-old Jean Robertson-Holly — in Edmonton in December 2012 that left the audience at the Toronto screening wiping away tears.

She had no idea her brother could still be alive.

“Jean says … ‘There’s no question. I was certain it was him in the video, but when I held his head in my hands and looked in his eyes, there was no question that was my brother,’” says Jorgensen.


2 posted on 04/25/2013 7:51:36 AM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: mkleesma
Vietnam veteran left behind for 44 years
There's just something not right about this story.
In 44 years he never tried to leave VN? Never tried to contact anyone in America?
Also, he was declared MIA/KIA, not "left behind" - especially if he stayed voluntarily.
3 posted on 04/25/2013 7:57:06 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: mkleesma

Thanks for posting this. This story makes me really sad.

Back in the 80’s I talked to some scraggly-looking vets at a gun show who were passing out literature about American soldiers who were believed to be alive in and around Vietnam. By then our government wanted nothing to do with the POW issue. I have never forgotten how desperate those broken men were to find and bring home their brothers.


4 posted on 04/25/2013 8:02:15 AM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: mkleesma

a few of you may want to search online re this issue sen mccain vs. pow/mia issue...

Semper semper!
*****


5 posted on 04/25/2013 8:25:32 AM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: .45 Long Colt
scraggly-looking vets at a gun show who were passing out literature about American soldiers who were believed to be alive in and around Vietnam.
To the best of my knowledge, in the last 40 years, no evidence has ever been found of any POW held after the war.
6 posted on 04/25/2013 8:28:36 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

He was beaten senseless a number of times, causing early-onset dementia.

Basically, his compass was badly damaged.

Then he was cast aside by his tormenters.

Along came his angel, the gal who cared for him, and within him, was the light that he was able to see.


7 posted on 04/25/2013 8:31:32 AM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: oh8eleven

I’m sure you are right. There may not have been solid evidence, but they believed they had evidence. They were likely hanging their hopes on suspect anecdotes.


8 posted on 04/25/2013 8:35:16 AM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: .45 Long Colt
Back in the 60s, there were stories about some Americans who “stayed behind,” and went native for one reason or another. It is astounding to me to read about an apparently true case.
9 posted on 04/25/2013 8:40:32 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: First_Salute
What a horrible, horrible fate to befall one of our soldiers. Our government should have moved mountains if necessary to find him. We should never declare a soldier killed in action unless we have the body or pieces of it.

It pains me that being an American I am part of the society that left him behind. He was a prisoner, he had no choice in the matter until after they destroyed his mind with torture. Once your mind is gone you are no longer responsible to do anything a normal person would do.

What a tragic, horrible story.

10 posted on 04/25/2013 8:43:04 AM PDT by JAKraig (Surely my religion is at least as good as yours)
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To: .45 Long Colt
I’m sure you are right. There may not have been solid evidence, but they believed they had evidence. They were likely hanging their hopes on suspect anecdotes.

If his army files are still around, they should contain his fingerprints and/or dental records.

11 posted on 04/25/2013 8:48:09 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Pontiac

Bump for later


12 posted on 04/25/2013 8:50:57 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: mkleesma

If the story is true, he should still be on active duty and entitled to somewhere around a million dollars back pay. If he doesn’t pursue it, some of his heirs likely will after he dies. DNA evidence should prove conclusively one way or the other.


13 posted on 04/25/2013 10:27:52 AM PDT by etcb
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To: First_Salute
Basically, his compass was badly damaged.
Not damaged enough that he couldn't learn Vietnamese. A very difficult language.
14 posted on 04/25/2013 10:33:19 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: mkleesma

Wow, this guy is owed a fortune. If he was listed as MIA, he is still in the US Army at MSG rank.

In 1968, MSG pay was $4852.80 a year. Right now, with his time in grade, it is more than ten times that amount *a month*! We’re talking $58,772.52 a year!

And current 100% disability is $33,792.00 a year!

Depending on his home state, all this money may be tax free as well.


15 posted on 04/25/2013 10:51:53 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: mkleesma

Amazing story. Thanks for posting it.


16 posted on 04/25/2013 6:33:21 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: .45 Long Colt

One persons who fought against finding Vietnam POWs is none other than Senator McCain. He treatment of the families of POW is terrible. I saw it on YouTube a few years ago. The link was posted on FR.


17 posted on 04/25/2013 6:41:44 PM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: Baynative

An amazing story to say the least... I was involved with a group that pressured Juan McAzzole to continue the search back in the Eighties. I will never forgive his calloused slap to the face of those families that never lost hope...


18 posted on 04/25/2013 11:42:14 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: JDoutrider

Juan was and always will be one of the biggest jerks to feed off the taxpayers dime. I dislike Arizona for his presence in congress.


19 posted on 04/26/2013 8:53:49 AM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: JAKraig

I very much appreciate your understanding.


20 posted on 04/26/2013 8:56:12 AM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks mkleesma.


21 posted on 04/26/2013 5:44:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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