POW/MIA, America's Missing Men: The Men We Left Behind
More than 2,000 men never returned the Vietnam War. There is reason to believe that some POWs and MIAs still cling to life amid the sordid conditions of prisoner of war camps in Southeast Asia. Others trust that the US government would not intentionally leave POW/MIAs behind; there must be a glitch in the numbers. Still others believe that the men who were left behind assimilated to the Vietnamese way of life by choice and are living as normally there as we are here. But for the families of the men who went off to war in a faraway land and never returned, life is anything but normal. In an issue where confusion reigns, whatever your beliefs, some reports speak a terrible truth: 9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam era from August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975; 58,183 casualties; 2,338 missing in action; 766 prisoners of war; 114 died in captivity; 303,704 wounded in action; 82% of the veterans who saw heavy combat strongly believe the war was lost because of a lack of political will; nearly 75% of the public agrees it was failure of political will, not of arms, that caused the U.S to lose the war; and 17,539 married men were killed in action, of which 61% were age 21 or younger.
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Did We Leave POWMIAs Behind?
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