Elderly Man Claims To Be Missing American Soldier From Vietnam War

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A New Identity

After looking more into the story, Faunce learned that the American soldier who survived the crash was a man named John Hartley Robertson. He had sustained serious injuries from the crash, and so was unable to escape. He was captured by North Vietnamese forces and became a prisoner of war. During his time in captivity, Robertson met and married a Vietnamese woman who helped take care of him as he recovered from his injuries.


After escaping from prison, Robertson reportedly fled to South Vietnam and changed his name to Dang Tan Ngoc. He would then go on to live the rest of his life under this new identity, never to be seen or heard from again by his friends and family back home. After failing to come home for many years, everyone simply assumed that he was among the thousands of American soldiers who had died in battle.