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Were there any active POW camps found in Vietnam after the war ended?

Old 07-29-10, 02:07 PM
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Were there any active POW camps found in Vietnam after the war ended?

I was born in 1971 so I have no recollections of the Vietnam War.

However, I do have recollections of the POW flag, Rambo, The Deer Hunter, and the Chuck Norris movies [Missing in Action/Missing in Action 2].

The Paris Peace Accord was signed in 1973 which ended direct US involvement.

After that, were there any active "secret" POW camps found? I'm not talking about the remains of any soldiers, but actual American Prisoners of War?

This seems to be such a recurring theme of people going back to Vietnam after the war and liberating POWs, but I don't know if any such camps were found after 1973.

So, did anything of the sort happen after the war was over, or is this just Hollywood's imagination?
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Re: Were there any active POW camps found in Vietnam after the war ended?

Not an invention of Hollywood so much as people who have loved ones who went missing in Vietnam and would prefer to cling to the idea that they're still alive in secret POW camps than rotting in the middle of the jungle. Hollywood just cashed in on the idea.
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Re: Were there any active POW camps found in Vietnam after the war ended?

Fwiw, here's a wiki article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War_POW/MIA_issue
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Re: Were there any active POW camps found in Vietnam after the war ended?

It all depends on when you think the war ended.

Was it when we (the US) left, or later than that?
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Re: Were there any active POW camps found in Vietnam after the war ended?

Yes there were camps found after the war, and yes POW's were rescued from them.

A wealthy industrialist assembled and bankrolled a ragtag group of veterans, the best of the best, but rough around the edges from post-war troubles. Each man had a specialty. But they got together, became a unit, and went in there with the help of some natives and freed that industrialist's son.

Those magnificent bastards.
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Re: Were there any active POW camps found in Vietnam after the war ended?

Originally Posted by Mrs. Danger View Post
It all depends on when you think the war ended.

Was it when we (the US) left, or later than that?
American citizens (that included embassy) left in 1975.
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Re: Were there any active POW camps found in Vietnam after the war ended?

I've heard that a popular souvenir in Vietnam is "authentic" looking US dog tags. They sell them on the streets to tourists of all nations, and they are usually really cheap metal from tin cans and stuff, and frequently common names, birthdays, and serial numbers are repeated, but many well meaning Americans have been taken in by these fakes and insist that it's evidence of POW's still alive. These knock-off dog tags have even been used by con men to con Americans into giving money and sometimes traveling to Vietnam where they get fleaced.

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