Man From Vietnam Claims To Be Missing American Soldier

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The signing of the Paris Peace Accords in January of 1973 officially marked the end of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War. This was a decades-long conflict that involved communist-backed North Vietnam and American-backed South Vietnam, the latter of which was also supported by Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, and other anti-communist allies. The war, which began in late 1955, involved over 2.5 million American troops who fought against enemies in battle zones throughout Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Nearly 60,000 American soldiers were killed during the war, and more than 300,000 were injured. While those who survived were able to return home safely, there were also others who were captured by enemy forces and became prisoners of war (POWs).

Prisoners of War

Just a few weeks after the signing of the Paris Peace Accords, the first of nearly 600 American prisoners of war were released and flown from Hanoi in North Vietnam to Clark Air Base in the Philippines. These POWs consisted of both civilians and military personnel, many of whom were starved and tortured by their captors.

A year after the release of the first group of prisoners, President Richard M. Nixon proudly claimed in his State of the Union Address that all troops had already returned to the United States. However, many Americans did not believe that all POWs had already been released. There were those who remained missing, including Special Forces Green Beret Master Sergeant John Hartley Robertson.

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