They were caged and bound like animals and often moved minutes before Special Forces raiders came looking for them. Caught in a nightmarish no-man's-land between the U.S. government and a cunning enemy, they were the American POWs in Vietnam. Based on exhaustive research from recently released government documents, Veith chronicles every aspect of ...
They were caged and bound like animals and often moved minutes before Special Forces raiders came looking for them. Caught in a nightmarish no-man's-land between the U.S. government and a cunning enemy, they were the American POWs in Vietnam. Based on exhaustive research from recently released government documents, Veith chronicles every aspect of the harrowing missions and the political infighting that often tragically deterred them. The result is a drama of soldiers turned into tragic pawns and haunting evidence that many may have been left behind.
Octavo, black boards, (hardcover), gilt letters, xx, 408 pp. Fine, in a Very Good+ dust jacket with slight edgewear. "...Tells one of the great unkown stories of the Vietnam War: the American military's extensive secret operations to locate and rescue POW/MIAs during the conflict...George J. Veith has assembled an extensive range of previously unseen material, including recently declassified NSA intercepts, State Department cables, and wartime interrogation reports which reveal how the U. S. military conducted a centralized effort to identify, locate, and rescue its POW/MIAs...Also traces the development of the various national wartime POW intelligence operations and provides an in-depth look at the activities of the Joint Personnel Recovery Center, a secretive and highly classified POW/MIA unit in South Vietnam responsible for rescuing captives. Further, it uncovers one of the most tightly held POW/MIA secrets, the primary reason why the government did not think any Americans were left behind: a clandestine communication program between the POWs and the U. S. military. This still-sensitive program provided the identies and locations of American prisoners, defeating North Vietnamese efforts to keep their names and locations a secret.
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