• Tom Boyd


I left Vietnam in 1967 and by the 1990s I realized I was over being prejudice against the Vietnamese people. I don’t when that happened or why but being angry with the Vietnamese did fade away. As far as I can recall I have never been prejudice against any other ethnic group or people other than the Black Panthers and the KKK.

However, I have been steadfast in my opposition to the normalization of relations between the USA and Vietnam. My opposition is because of the lack of response and cooperation from Vietnam in providing information about known Prisoners of War (POW) and those Missing in Action (MIA).

At the end of the Vietnam War in 1973 there were approximately 200 missing Americans that were known to have been alive in captivity. What happened to them and why has Vietnam not told us or at least sent the remains home? Time after time the Vietnam’s government has lied about the existence or death of known POWs while occasionally some MIA remains are released or discovered. The National League of POW/MIA Families,, state that 1,618 Americans are still missing and unaccounted for.

There has been books, movies, congressional committees and a lot of discussion over the years over the POW-MIA. In the early 1970s the POW/MIA bracelet, each bracelet having one name, drew attention to this issue. Most Americans accepted the release of 591 POWs by Vietnam in 1973 as the resolution of the POW-MIA issue. Others including me did not.

Arizona Senator John McCain was a POW from October 26, 1967 to March 14, 1973 and spent most of that time being tortured, and very often denied medical care and proper food. That he is not bitter or prejudice speaks well for his character. He is a hero.

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