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(Daily Mail)   "Like you said Colonel, he went home"   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 9
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2013-04-30 12:56:57 PM
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Mad_Radhu: I'm really curious what happens to the whole POW MIA organization after the Vietnam generation passes due to old age. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars so far have had only two people confirmed as MIA.

The whole thing seems like an odd confluence of factors. It seems some combination of the Vietnamese being assholes after the war and not repatriating prisoners well and returning remains properly, their country being really good at making corpses disappear due to the general sogginess of the place, and the Boomers seemingly being really bad at the whole "never leave a man behind" thing. It's just another example of how huge a clusterfark Vietnam was all around that we just don't have closure on so many MIAs even now. It's really sad that so many families are still left wondering all these years afterwards.


Not to mention that the people responsible for sending them there made millions in stead of being imprisoned themselves.
2013-04-30 01:25:35 PM
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I remember this from years ago when the FBI sent investigators to interview him.  Interestingly, a that time, after they determined his fingerprints did not match the service records and he confessed he was not Robertson, they closed their investigation.
I wonder if the documentary mentions that?
2013-04-30 10:36:11 AM
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Mad_Radhu: and the Boomers seemingly being really bad at the whole "never leave a man behind" thing.


I've always assumed the military just didn't like reporting fleeing hot LZs with tails between legs, leaving bodies of KIAs behind, so they changed the KIAs to MIAs in exactly the same way children and old ladies turned into Viet Cong fighters once they were dead. The Army consistently exaggerated enemy dead, so why not minimize unit losses the same way? My buddy's Army-lifer dad doesn't like my theory very much, but he's gonna hear it every time he wants to wear a POW/MIA t-shirt to the 4th of July cookout.
2013-04-30 10:13:59 AM
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Dear Henry Kissinger:

Please hurry up and put this man on a boat on a river in Laos or Cambodia or Thailand then have it sunk by the "enemy" .

You wouldn't want your nice shiny Nobel Peace Prize to get tarnished, would you Henry?

/How many did you leave behind in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, etc? Come on, Henry. Clear your conscience. Oh, wait. Nevermind.
2013-04-30 10:12:14 AM
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stevarooni: ChrisDe: The sister knows it's him, but refuses a DNA test that will prove it?

His family (now-ex-wife and children) initially said they'd do DNA tests, but backed out.  My guess is that there's something hinky about the dude doing this documentary, and they want to keep their distance from him.


They were perhaps curious but then counseled on the fact that they will most likely lose their survivor benefits if he is still alive.
2013-04-30 10:09:42 AM
1 votes:
i like how there was doubt because of the lack of language. 

my grandfather couldn't say 5 words in lithuanian with very similar time removed from his original language... and had little accent in english.  that would seem expected.
2013-04-30 09:51:22 AM
1 votes:

ChrisDe: The sister knows it's him, but refuses a DNA test that will prove it?


His family (now-ex-wife and children) initially said they'd do DNA tests, but backed out.  My guess is that there's something hinky about the dude doing this documentary, and they want to keep their distance from him.
2013-04-30 09:42:43 AM
1 votes:
I'm really curious what happens to the whole POW MIA organization after the Vietnam generation passes due to old age. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars so far have had only two people confirmed as MIA.

The whole thing seems like an odd confluence of factors. It seems some combination of the Vietnamese being assholes after the war and not repatriating prisoners well and returning remains properly, their country being really good at making corpses disappear due to the general sogginess of the place, and the Boomers seemingly being really bad at the whole "never leave a man behind" thing. It's just another example of how huge a clusterfark Vietnam was all around that we just don't have closure on so many MIAs even now. It's really sad that so many families are still left wondering all these years afterwards.
2013-04-30 09:33:57 AM
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It first looked like a pure BS story to me.  But it does have conclusive photos of silhouettes.
I may have to go with my first impression.
 
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