Publishers Weekly, week of April 9, 2007
A sprawling indictment of eight U.S. administrations. Hendon and Stewart appear nonpartisan in their disdain for governmental inaction and double-dealing. A convincing, urgent argument.
Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2007
I’ve always suspected this.
And we were impressed with Henry Kissinger exactly why?
I heard this during the night on the radio. That bottom item is the “Walking K” and is known to be a signal that it is indeed a pilot waiting to be rescued.
I demand a complete investigation!
I don't care if we find that Ronald Reagan himself is partly to blame. I want my government held accountable. EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM!
According to the book and the evidence, there are between 650 and 850 POWs still alive and being held, or at least there were.
John McCain and John Kerry refused to accept any of the evidence presented. In fact, McCain claims that the ultra
secret code “Walking K” in the rice paddy was done by a child
Right, John! How much did you tell the North Vietnamese while you were getting preferential treatment?
I listen to coasttocoast on my way to work on this subject. You the author?
Not having read further, so not knowing what was written, I can relate my own experiences in the late eighties, on this matter.
Back then I worked at the Pentagon with a close friend, a senior Marine officer, who was trying to help the families of the POW’s. From him, I heard the stories, at the time, hugely politically incorrect, about 312 POW’s known to be left behind and alive and in a camp. He understood the lives of these had been negotiated away at the bargaining table by Kissinger, but was trying to break through the barriers to get some sunlight on the issue.
But it was not to be. Every step of the way, he was thwarted by an unseen hand at times and by one in a key position to smother any such rebellion, Richard Armitage. Sound familiar?? As I recall either he or another friend also thought the same was operating out of the embassy in Thailand earlier and was blocking investigations back then.
I guess sources available now could confirm or deny the accuracy of these stories.
My friend who is a faithful and practicing Christian and fine family man was finally just shoved aside, left the Pentagon, and that was that.
I just renewed my faded POW flag. The black bleaches out fairly quickly in the weather. God bless and help those poor souls.
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the Army had about 1700 men who deserted “in country”....it is believed that some made their way home thru Europe....it was also believed that many stayed, married Viet women and disappeared into the criminal underworld in Saigon....(think:Christopher Walken/Deer Hunter)...it is said that those elements were liquidated by the Communists after the fall of South V.N....
Kerry and McCain were instrumental in the POW coverup.
I remember these hearings well. The title of this book perfectly describes what took place and continues to take place.
Heard the Coast presentation. The link to Castro was surprising. Also, the news on the hour following the show was about the tourist resort being built at China Beach—world class. How long can they keep the POWs hidden with tourists all over the country?
Umm, why would RR agree to cover up something like this?
It’s a true national disgrace.
POW/MIA Update: April 13, 2007
AMERICAN ANNOUNCED AS ACCOUNTED FOR THIS WEEK: There are now 1,786 US personnel listed as missing and unaccounted for by the Department of Defense. The identification of the remains of one American previously KIA/BNR from the Vietnam War was released on April 11th. LT Michael R. Newell, USN, from Ellenville, NY, was reported killed in action on December 14, 1966, in an F8E on a mission over North Vietnam. His remains were repatriated August 15, 2005, identified November 27, 2006, and his name was released April 11th. The accounting for LT Newell brings to 797 the number of US personnel accounted for since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. Over 90% of the 1,787 still listed as missing were lost in Vietnam or in areas of Laos and Cambodia under Vietnams wartime control.
U.S. NAVY SHIP NOT PARTICIPATING IN UNDERWATER OPERATIONS: After more than a decade of consistent League efforts, reinforced by former Commanders of the US Pacific Command, Vietnams leaders approved using US Navy vessels just before the Presidents visit last November. The detailed process required for approval is reportedly still being worked, but was not completed in time for the underwater survey/investigation now ongoing. This US Navy asset was not required for the current operations or even most shallow-water recoveries, but commitment from both governments to support the process was a significant and welcome policy change by Vietnams leadership. The League was pleased that ADM Gary Roughead, Commander of the US Pacific Fleet, raised the issue during his January visit to Vietnam as part of the improving military-to-military relationship, as did Ambassador Charles Ray, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for POW/MIA Affairs. Comment: Despite high level emphasis and agreement, including during Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Khiems recent visit to Washington and talks with Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, Vietnams bureaucracy was reportedly unable to move quickly enough to implement the high level agreement, at least on the POW/MIA accounting agenda. Perhaps by the time Vietnams President Triet visits Washington in early summer bureaucratic hurdles will have been removed.
MEMBERS OF HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE VISIT VIETNAM: A delegation of US House Members, led by Representative Solomon Ortiz (D-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Readiness, visited Vietnam April 5-7th. Reportedly, the delegation discussed matters relating to bilateral relations, the search for Americans Missing in Action (MIA), economy and trade.” The delegation also met with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Commands Detachment II in Hanoi and counterpart officials in the External Relations Committee of Vietnams National Assembly. During the meetings, the Vietnamese were positive concerning recent development of bilateral relations with the US, including improved military to military relations. This was the first delegation to Vietnam from the new Democratic-led 110th Congress, and its House Armed Services Committee.
UPDATE ON OPERATIONS: The 98th period of Joint Field Activities (JFA) in Laos, the second 30-day JFA this year, took place March 6th to April 8th. Two members from the League-organized POW/MIA family delegation visited incident sites in Northeastern Laos on March 23rd. Semi-annual POW/MIA consultations were conducted in between the two JFAs; the Lao reportedly responded with flexibility to US requests, urging expanded efforts to build on successes and a review of the past several years cooperation.
On March 21st, two family members visited one area of the 88th JFA in Vietnam that began March 8th and is scheduled to conclude about April 21st. Such operations in Vietnam are on a much larger scale and for a longer period of time (45 days) than in Laos or Cambodia. The underwater survey/investigation team, comprised of US members from JPAC and the Navys Mobile Diving Salvage Unit #1 (MDSU#1) began work this week along the coast of North Vietnam and plan to conclude in early May, though as noted above, without participation by the USN ship.
There is widespread disappointment DPMO, JPAC and the League in responses to the US Government-funded archival research programs, especially with Vietnam. This program has been ongoing for several years, but archival records known to exist have not yet been provided, thus the continued calls for unilateral actions by Hanoi, including by President Bush last November. It is hoped bilateral talks with each of the Indochina governments that will occur over the summer will focus on renewing viable multilateral archival cooperation, among other presumed initiatives.