instructor MIAs/POWs - Did prisoners of war get left behind in Vietnam, with the knowledge of the US government? If so, why would the government allow this situation to exist? As a child I remember watching most movies that were war related…
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Well the movie is quite old as it was made in the 1980s specifically 1985 and this made me think if the events portrayed in the movie ever really happened and if so why would a country leave behind its war officers without even sending a rescue team. The POW are basically tortured with some dying from the aftermath of the torture while others are held up like slaves in the small bamboo cages with nothing to eat or cover themselves (Veith 34). This made me do a research and see whether whatever that was portrayed in Rambo was true or if it ever actually happened and the results and facts I found out were rather astonishing. I actually came to realize that there was a Vietnam War that was fought hard although the US lost and the effect was made worse by the number of prisoners taken during the war. I now believe the war was real and maybe the movie might be exaggerated a little bit but the truth is the POWs were not held in a paradise instead they went through hell. With so many unanswered questions I decided to find for more information about Vietnam War and whether the prisoners were left behind in the war. With all the questions concerning the POWs and MIAs I embarked to ask myself whether the issue on the POWs and MIAs was true. What was the origin of the POWs and MIAs in Vietnam? Why were the POW s and MIAs left behind? What did the government do concerning the POWs and the MIAs in Vietnam? Is there evidence of POWs and MIAs in Vietnam to date? With this in mind, I embarked on doing this research in order to identify the truths and facts concerning the war and especially after the war what really happened to the servicemen in Vietnam. With the help of resources documenting the Vietnam War in the 1970s I was able to see the perspective of the POWs and MIAs and whether there were any of them in the Vietnam War. According to George Veith in his book “Black April-The Fall of South Vietnam 1973-1975” The Vietnam War was one of the longest wars in the US history and since the Civil War, it was the most divisive. He furthermore adds that the defeat of the South Vietnam was one of America’s worst foreign policy disasters of the 20th Century. Yet a complete understanding of the endgame from the 27th January 1973 signing of the Paris Peace Accords to South Vietnam’s surrender on 30th April 1975 has also been very elusive. After the signing of the Paris Peace Accords in 1973 approximately 590 American Prisoners of War (POW) were returned home in an operation named Operation Homecoming (Sauter and James 41). Already the US had listed that 1,350 American servicemen were POWs or Missing in Action (MIA) and at the same time a rough number of about 1000American servicemen were reportedly killed in action and their bodies are not yet recovered. According to Birchim, and Sue, most of the servicemen were the airmen shot down around North Vietnam or Laos (32). There are investigations going on to determine whether in all these incidents the airmen survived after their planes were shot down, and also if they did not survive then there should be consideration to recover their bodies. I believe the government should have acted fast to check whether there had been any POWs and MIAs left behind during the Vietnam War but instead the US government had to wait until their relations with Vietnam improved before they cooperated and tried to solve the issue on the missing POWs and MIAs; this was in mid-1980s a few years after the war had ended. This
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