FC: Prisoners of War/ Missing in Action By: Nicole McArthy and Cierra Young
1: The United States estimated that about 1,350 were prisoners of war or missing in action. During imprisonment, the people there were treated very inhumanly. Many of the POWs were tortured and experienced physical and mental abuse. It was horrible to be held captive because there were many beatings and threats going on. Not only were the POWs beaten, but they were bored, deprived, starved, and isolated. | Prisoners being starved to death | Vietnam War: November 1, 1955 to April 30, 1975
2: Bruised and beaten
3: Those who were held prisoners tried to escape, but never really succeeded. If a person did happen to escape for a short period of time, they would later be recaptured. When they were recaptured, they later died from their punishment. The punishment included: beatings and harsh wounds. Around 1,200 POWs were killed in the Vietnam war, whether it was from fighting or being punished for escaping.
5: For example James Thompson, who was a USA Captain, was captured in March south of DMZ, and then moved to camp in Laos. Three escape attempts in the first month of captivity, each time he convinced guards who discovered him he was only leaving camp area to go to the bathroom. A fourth attempt was made in May or June. The fifth attempt was in July, he was recaptured later that day. James escaped again in October from (North Vietnam), he was then recaptured after about a day. Finally, he was beaten and executed.
7: Years later, in January 1973, Operation Homecoming made it possible for the return of hundreds of American prisoners of war held by North Vietnam. Each plane brought back 40 POWs. During the early part of Operation Homecoming, groups of POWs released were based on longest length of time in prison. The first group had spent 6-8 years as prisoners of war.
8: Searching for the lost
9: The U.S. started searching all over to try to find the rest of the missing Americans, but they did not have much luck. Over the next ten years, Vietnam eventually returned most of the missing Americans. The United States was determine to find more of the people missing in action, but to date, the U.S. has identified only 296 people as LKA (Last Known Alive). Now, they have stopped investigating and told the public that more than 190 are deceased.
10: John McCain, one of our heroes
11: Prisoner of War/ MIA Heroes | John McCain Walter Melvin Pierce Madison Alexander Strohlein Henry Albert Tipping Samuel Franklin Walker Jr. William Walters Robert J. Wells --These peoples' goal was to survive and protect their honor under brutal torture.
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