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. __ . . -*- N A M V E T -*- ____/ \_ . . ( * . . Managing Editor Quangtri . . ---------------- \_/ \_ Hue . . G. Joseph Peck \_Ashau Phu Bai . . \_* \_ . . Distribution Manager * ) . . -------------------- _/ Danang . . Jerry Hindle |/ ( \_*Chu Lai . . --*-- \_ ------- \__ . . Section Editors /| \_ I Corps . . --------------- ------- ! . . IN-TOUCH: Ray "Frenchy" Moreau /\_____ ! . . INCARCERATED VETS: Joyce Flory / ! . . VETERAN BENEFITS: Jim Hildwine ! !___ . . AGENT ORANGE: Jim Ferguson ! /\____! . . NEED-TO-KNOW: Lefty Frizzell ! ! . . MIA/POW: Marsha Ledeman / Dak To ! . . VETERAN EMPLOYMENT: Fred Sochacki / * / . . KEEPER OF THE LIST: Charlie Revie ! \_ . . ! Phu Cat . . * * ) . . Pleiku ) . . -*- N A M V E T -*- . . / / . . "In the jungles of 'Nam, some of us ( -------- ! . . were scared and wary, but we pulled _ II Corps ! . . one another along and were able / -------- . . to depend on each other. That has . . never changed. Today, free of the ! * / . . criticisms and misunderstandings _/ Nhatrang / . . many veterans have endured, _/ / . . NAM VET is a shining beacon, __/ ! . . a ray of hope, and a _ __/ ! . . reminder that the _____( )/ ! Camranh Bay . . lessons learned / !__ ! . . at such a high / / . . price shall not Bien Hoa / . . be forgotten - ! Chu Chi * __/ . . nor the errors \_ * --------- ___/ . . repeated!!!" ____ III Corps _/ . . / \_____) )_(_ --------- !__/ Duplication in . . ! ( ___/ any form permitted . . _____! \__ * ___/ for NONCOMMERCIAL . . ! Saigon/ purposes ONLY! . . \___ -------- / / . . IV Corps / For other use, contact: . . ) -------- / . . / ! G. Joseph Peck (413) 442-1660 . . / ____/ Managing Editor . . / Mekong/ . . ! Delta/ This newsletter is comprised of articles . . ! ____/ and items from individuals and other . . ! / sources. We are not responsible for the . . ! / content of this information nor are any of . . ! __/ NAM VETs contributors or Section Editors. . . \_/ gjp . . .
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T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S
1. Editorials n' Stuff We're still here? ........................................ 1 Marsha's .357 Bamboo Machete ............................. 2 Additions to Murphy's Laws of Combat Operations .......... 8 Ask the Veterans' Affairs Counselor ...................... 10
2. Drums be not Silent Step-by-Step MIA/POW Advocacy! ........................... 11 Personal MIA/POW Affidavit ............................... 23 Organizational MIA/POW Affidavit ......................... 24 They haven't forgotten US!!! ............................. 25
3. In-Touch In-Touch ... or Soft-Touch? .............................. 26 In-Touch: What is it??? .................................. 28 L'chayim ................................................. 31
4. Together then... Still fighting Vietnam ................................... 32 Hands Across Time ........................................ 34 When remembering is too much... .......................... 35
5. Forgotten - again? Incarcerated Veterans Bill ............................... 38 A visit or note once in awhile? .......................... 44 Jungle to Jail - Part 2 .................................. 45 Viet Cons - Part 2 ....................................... 46
6. Don't drink the water! A History of Agent Orange ................................ 49 Break out the Clearasil
! ............................ 64
7. The Chapel at NamVet NAM VET - Making Peace with Your Past .................... 65 NamVet's Electronic Chapel ............................... 72
8. Veterans n' Jobtalk VETS - Federal Veteran Employment Watchdog ............... 73 Have You Considered On-The-Job or Apprenticeship Training? 74 OPM FEDERAL JOB INFORMATION OFFICES ...................... 77 PUBLIC LAW 102-16 MAR. 22,1991 .......................... 83
9. Shiftin' Sands Desert Storm Hero Wins A War At Home .................... 93
10. Sister Vets VWMP's Sister Search ..................................... 95 Monumental Difference .................................... 96 VWMP's Sister Search Form ................................ 97
11. Charlie's Angels Where do YOU get NamVet??? ............................... 98 VIETNAM_VETS and NamVet: Where? .......................... 99 Some Gave All... ......................................... 102
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================================================================== Editorials n' Stuff ==================================================================
We're still here? By G. Joseph Peck NamVet's Managing Editor VETLink #1 - Pittsfield, MA (413) 443-6313
We'll soon be marking our fourth year of producing NamVet. I can remember forever ago when Todd and I first began this project. Seemed like a real neat, nifty idea - a way to collect and save all the important veteran information that either one of us happened to see flyin' by in the VIETNAM_VETS echo. I remember, too, how BOTH of us felt as we birthed another issue: "How will our brother/sister veterans think of THIS issue?" Time marched on, another issue deadline came, and another NamVet was born and put into the electronic pipeline that connects us all together. NamVet has grown... and shrunk... and grown again to what it is today: YOUR electronic newsletter by, for and about the things that concern YOU and your brother/sister veterans. Our audience, too, has grown... and shrunk... and grown again to include spouses and children of veterans; educational institutions and facilities; libraries and, thanks to the hard, hard work of Joyce Flory (no blushin' now, Joyce), our incarcerated brothers and sisters. Speaking of "audiences" - you'll notice just before the Charlie's Angels report
a NamVet Survey Form that (here's that name again) Joyce has so willingly volunteered to collect and report on (Doesn't that fine lady EVER stop "volunteering"?). Please take a few moments out of your enjoyable reading of this month's NamVet , tear out the page (or, better yet, just make a photocopy of it), complete and mail it (If we COULD, we would have included the postage - but that's an investment we're gonna have to ask YOU to make to help us find out WHERE our NamVet goes to and who's reading it).
A note on the Fourth Anniversary Edition: Our Anniversary editions have become, in a sense, the "best of NamVet" -- I'd like to ask YOU and those around you to take a little time, look over the past issues of NamVet, and send in YOUR vote or note concerning which article you've seen in a past NamVet that was most meaningful or helpful or ??? to YOU. I still haven't quite figured out exactly WHAT we should include in an Anniversary issue but, up until now, what we HAVE been putting in them are those articles/stories/recipies (Heya Scott! Where's that Tobasco recipe book!!!) that have impacted either the staff of NamVet or its readers. How's about YOUR suggestions???
'Til next month... Show a brother/sister veteran that YOU care!!!
Ci'ao for Ni'ao
- Joe -
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Marsha's .357 Bamboo Machete By Marsha Ledeman NamVet MIA/POW Section Editor VETLink #1 - Pittsfield, MA (413) 443-6313
October 15, 1991
Letters to the Editor:
Dear Sir, I have on more than one occasion written a letter to you and received no answer at all, so therefore I do not expect much this time either but I feel strongly enough about this issue to keep trying. Not more than a month ago, the government DID say that the photograph of Capt. Donald Carr MIA Special Forces Green Beret shot down over Laos in 1971, was an authentic photo. Yet they now tell us they cannot find the area that he is being held in. Our Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA affairs was formed or rather was approved and Sen. John Kerry of MA was elected chairman of that committee. He then proceeded with supposed rigor to state that he would embark on a "hot lead" trip to Laos, taking his two teenage daughters at his own expense. I ask you what kind of a "hot lead" was he following? Did they have a huge sale in Bangkok where the girls had to go shopping? You do not take teenage girls into the jungles of Laos if you are, in fact, following "hot leads". Now we are bombarded with nothing from the newspapers, and or media, except the Thomas mini-trial. Every paper for the last week and a half, has had nothing but this trial. The front page of all the newspapers sees fit to expose this along with large pictures but not a word about the Live POWs that are still languishing in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Where do your priorities lie? Obviously not with live servicemen that were sent to fight a war they were not allowed to win and left behind to be abandoned by the very same government that sent them there. When should issues of the nature of the Thomas-Hill subject come before the living human beings this government abandoned? You and all the other newspapers, must be too afraid of offending the government to print any truth about the POW/MIAs. Every time we make such headway, something comes along and takes the pull away from this issue. I had been raised on the Seattle Times, but I stopped it in favor of the Seattle Post Intelligencer who, at the time, was not afraid to print the news on the POW/MIA Issue. We are very disappointed with the lack of human caring that the papers, media, and etc. has for these men and their families. The government has not yet proved that the picture of the three POWs - Robertson, Stevens, and Lundy - is fake, although according to the newspapers, it has been proved. Don't you people ever check facts first before printing things like that? And have you been able to add anything to the mysterious disappearance of all three of those men's fingerprints? I realize this is a long letter, and the chances of it even being read are probably nil, but we needed to say this anyway. Until the papers get some grit and nerve, and are willing to put this issue on the front page, the American people will never get
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their true answers. Too bad that all of the media, and newspaper reporters scare so easily. There are many, many issues to fight for, but only one of them involves the living men that this government abandoned. This is a travesty in this great country that must be aired and corrected. We have these men to thank for our freedom, we do not have Marshall Law, we do not have to stand in line for bread. We are free because we had men willing to fight for that freedom. Do you think the next generation of men will be willing to fight for a country that will abandon them if they are captured? What kind of man will now join the armed forces? I see nothing but criminals who are running from the law enlisting anymore. If you were to believe you would not be accounted for should you become MIA, would you join the armed forces??? I think not...
Dale and Marsha Ledeman XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Seattle, Wa. 98125-7319
September 26, 1991
Several of you asked where I got my POW/MIA rings and also my satin jacket. We ordered them both from Task Force Omega on Illinois... The rings are $5.00 each they come in blue, red, and brushed silver. Any name you want can be put on these rings...
The satin jackets come with the logo on the back. They are $30.00 each up to size xxxlrg. and that one is $40.00 ...they have small, med, lrg. x-lrg, xx-lrg. and xxx-lrg...
These can be ordered from the new executive director, Rich Wilusz 4201-S. Center Lyons, Ill. 60534 There is a four dollar shipping and handling charge, but I did not get charged for my rings just the jackets and the other things I ordered...
One more thing of interest for those who do not yet have this information is: Where to reach Col. Millard "Mike" Peck for letters of support to be sent to him which I feel he richly deserves write him at: Col. Millard "Mike" Peck 3710-George Mason Falls Church, VA. 22141 I hope you all will send him a note of thanks for what he has done, he has essentially given up a long career to help with this issue and to stand by his beliefs and we are happy to have someone like him believe as we have for years that our POW/MIAs were abandoned and are alive in Southeast Asia. Thank you all, Marsha
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These are excerpts from the September/October 1991 Illinois Task Force Omega group newsletter.
Some things we all should know and some things we all should be doing... ___________________________________________________________
I understand that the new book "Bamboo Cage" is outstanding, and makes Kiss The Boys Goodbye looks like a grade school primer, however the author has been unable to get it published in the United States, he is from England. Here is a way for you to purchase this book if you so choose... and cheaper than if you ordered it from England. *Homecoming II has Nigel Cawthorne's book BAMBOO CAGE available for $38.00 including shipping and handling. Mail checks to Homecoming II 5154 Piedmont Pl, Annadale, VA. 22003. Allow 3 - 4 weeks for delivery. ___________________________________________________________
* The following is a summary of a presentation given by Mark Reinig of Britt Small and Festival and sysop on the POW Network at a Skidmore Reunion recently: It was stated that there are certain indicators that the Vietnamese government and the Vietnamese people are willing to resolve the POW issue. However they are receiving confusing signals. They are hearing statements like the following:
^ In 1987, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Vernon Walter - who had been deputy director of CIA when George Bush was Director - said that it would be "detrimental" for the Vietnamese to "surface" living American POW's.
^ In August 1991, soon after returning from visiting Vietnam as a part of a congressional delegation, Arizona Republican congressman Jim Kolbe stated in a radio interview that if American POW's should "walk out" it would destroy relations between the U.S. and Vietnam for "years or decades".
^ Also in August 1991, Wyoming Republican Senator Alan Simpson said it would be foolish for the Vietnamese to still be holding American prisoners as, if discovered, they would be shamed as "pariahs of the earth and the foul stench of humanity" for 50 years. He also said that Vietnam's effort toward normalizing relations with the rest of the world may include killing any POWs still alive to be "sure that there was no one alive in order that then they would be accepted in the family of nations."
If the Vietnamese are to believe that the feelings of Americans are the same as those expressed by our leaders, as stated above, then it must surely appear that the LIVE POWs are a hindrance in the effort to normalize relations.
It was stated that we must do everything we can to convince them that we KNOW they have authority over living American POWs and that lifting the U.S. trade embargo against Vietnam and/or normalizing diplomatic relations will be impossible until and unless those POWs are RELEASED...
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We must write letters and encourage others to write letters stating that official statements do NOT reflect the feelings of the American public; that we need our LIVE POWS released; that then, and only then, can the United States and Vietnam work toward "normalization".
Letters can be sent to: Mission of the SRV to the UN 20 Waterside Plaza, New York, NY 10012 ___________________________________________________________
THE FOLLOWING WAS PROVIDED BY MIKE VAN ATTA. IT OFFERS A GREAT DEAL OF DIRECTION AS FAR AS WHO TO WRITE, AND WHAT TO ASK FOR...
Dear Insiders, (This information service, provides Bush appointees and the American public with facts and proof that Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia still hold US Prisoners, alive, in captivity, in their prison systems in 1991.)
SO YOU WANT TO INVESTIGATE THE LIVE POW PROBLEM? Where does one get hard factual information on the POW's, who were captured alive but not released? If you contact the White House, who is responsible for all soldiers, you will be referred to DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency). If you contact Congress or the Senate, they will express their concern but will refer you to DIA. If you contact CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) they will refer you to DIA. If you contact the FBI they will tell you to contact the DIA. If you contact the President Foreign Intelligence Review Board, you will be referred to DIA. If you contact the State Department I and R, (Intelligence and Research) department, you will be referred to DIA. If you contact NSA (National Security Agency) at Ft. George G. Meade, MD. you will again be referred to DIA. If you contact NSC (National Security Council) you will still be referred to DIA... So, if you contact DIA, they will tell you that all the Intelligence information they have on POW's or Americans who were captured alive but not released is Classified, and deny your request. (Does this sound like a bureaucratic runaround?)
So, if you want to investigate the live POW problem where do you turn for information???
You must look at several private, civilian suppliers of POW information to get a clear view of what the truth is about Americans who were captured alive but not released. I can strongly suggest that you put your hands on the following information: 1. Contact Mike Milne with the Veterans of the Vietnam War at 1-800-Vietnam and purchase the film: "MIAs We Can Keep You Forever", cost is $20.00 and that includes postage and handling. You will see, firsthand, 10 people who say they saw live U.S. POWs in S.E. ASIA still held as POW's. The film outlines 10 discrepancy cases, where Americans were captured alive but were not released. It also reviews some of the hard copy documents in CIA's files, interviews families of MIAs and presents the official U.S. government policy on POWs. 2. Contact Red McDaniel at the American Defense Institute and buy a copy of the book; "Kiss The Boys Goodbye" by Monika Jensen- Stevenson and William Stevenson. For $20.00 you will read a history of the live POW movement written by a former 60 minutes
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reporter and see some of the information she uncovered. Red has several books available, one new one is the; "Bamboo Cage" by Nigel Cawthorne which I highly recommend. Call: (703) 519-7000. (Note the Stevenson's book is now out in paperback at most major book store outlets for $10.95.) 3. Obtain a copy of a list of non-fiction books written on the subject of POWs. The list has over 300 books listed with an outline of each POW that is discussed in each book. The cost is between $3.00 and $10.00. Write to: F. C. Brown 18 Reed Avenue - Hamilton Township, NJ 08610
After you have reviewed all of this information you will have a great deal of knowledge about some of the men who were captured alive but not released...
THE SECOND PART OF YOUR EDUCATION PROCESS: This will be for you to write to some U.S. government officials, who are in charge of solving the live POW problem and get their input. 1. Write to the CIA and ask them to give you a computer print out that lists all the declassified files/records they have on the subject of: American POWs in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Also ask them to provide you will a listing of the Presidents Daily Intelligence Summary, briefing books in which live POW information is given. Address this to: Lee S. Strickland Information and Privacy Coordinator Central Intelligence Agency Washington, D.C. 20505 2. Write to the FBI and ask them for a list of the cases in which they received finger prints from the DIA to identify Americans missing in S.E. Asia. In addition, ask the FBI to list the cases in which it has done photo comparisons for DIA on pre- and post capture pictures, using their computer enhanced photo overlay process. Address this to: Federal Bureau of Investigation 1776 J.E.H. Building Washington, D.C. 20530 3. Write to the State Department and ask them to provide a list of the times the DIA has asked the State Department to use its diplomats or the diplomats of friendly foreign countries to investigate cases where missing Americans were reportedly seen alive in S.E. Asia. Address this to: Douglas P. Mulholland Assistant Secretary for Intelligence Department of State 2201 C. St. NW, Room 6531 Washington, D.C. 20520 4. Write to the NSC and ask how many times has President Bush been briefed on the live POW problem? Address this to: Peter S. Watson Director of Asian Affairs National Security Council Old Executive Office Building Washington, D.C. 20506 5. Write to the NSA and ask them to outline a list of times they have been asked by the White House to collect electronic intelligence on locations in S.E. Asia where American prisoners of
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war were reportedly seen alive. Address this to: Vice Admiral William Studman Director, NSA National Security Agency Ft. George G. Meade, MD. 20755-6000 6. Write to the Presidents Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and ask how many times they have prepared intelligence summaries and briefed President Bush on prisoners of war. Address this to: Bobby Innman Chairman of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board 334 Old Executive Office Building Washington, D.C. 20500 7. Finally, write to DIA and ask them how many times, in the last year, they have given a briefing on the POWs to President Bush. Address this to: Lt. General Harry Soyster Director, DIA The Pentagon Washington, D.C. 20301
This report is put together to give you the benefit of many years of experience and point you in the direction that will produce the most effective results. Should any of these contacts fail to respond, let me know.
Now that you have completed all of the above required assignments, it is time to contact your Senator and Congressman and tell them that "YOU" have a briefing that you want to give to them, because you will, most likely know more about the POWs than they will.
So, now call your Congressman and Senator (202) 224-3121
Sincerely, Michael Van Atta (201) 701-0238 P.O. Box 302 Chatham, NJ 07928
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Additions to Murphy's Laws of Combat Operations Submitted by Ken Flory Desert Dolphin BBS - Las Cruces, NM (505) 523-2811
Some additions from the Special Forces Collection: (You may notice a difference in the Enlisted point of view)
(The ongoing list will be published in our 4th Annual NamVet)
51. If you can keep your head while those around you are losing theirs, you may have misjudged the situation. 52. If two things are required to make something work, they will never be shipped together. 53. Anything you do can get you shot, including nothing. 54. Whenever you lose contact with the enemy, look behind you. 55. The most dangerous thing in the combat zone is an officer with a map. 56. The quartermaster has only two sizes, too large and too small. 57. If you really need an officer in a hurry, take a nap. 58. There is nothing more satisfying than having someone take a shot at you, and miss. 59. If your sergeant can see you, so can the enemy. 60. You'll only remember your hand grenades when the sound is too close to use them. 61. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. 62. Well .. It could be worse: It could be raining .. and we could be out in it. 63. So he said, "Cheer up: it could be worse!" So we cheered up. And it got worse. 64. The side with the simplest uniform wins...
From the COMMO end of the rules: 65. The spare batteries for your PRC- whatever, your troops have been carrying are either nearly dead or for the wrong radio. 66. The ping you heard was the antenna snapping off at 6 inches above the flexmount, while a firemission was being called in on a battalion of hostiles who suspect you are where you are. 67. Why is it the CO sticks his head in your radio hooch to see if anything has come down from DIV. when you are listening to the VOA broadcasting the baseball games? 68. How come you are on one frequency when everyone else is on another? 69. Why does your 500 watt VRC-26 (real old) not make it across 200 miles while a ham with 50 watts on the same MARS frequency can be heard from Stateside? 70. Know why short RTO's have long whips on their radios? So someone can find them when they step in deep water.
Rules of the Rucksack: No matter how carefully you pack, a rucksack is always too small. No matter how small, a rucksack is always too heavy. No matter how heavy, a rucksack will never contain what you want. No matter what you need, it's always at the bottom.
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Combat Mathematics: Forward Area Math: 2 confirmed plus 1 probable plus 2 pigs equals 15 enemy KIA. Rear Area Math: 2 beers times 23 men equals 49 cases.
Phillip's Law: Four-wheel-drive just means getting stuck in more inaccessible places.
Weatherwax's Postulate: The degree to which you overreact to information will be in inverse proportion to its accuracy.
Least Credible Sentences: 1 - The check is in the mail. 2 - The trucks will be on the drop zone. 3 - Of course I'll respect you in the morning. 4 - I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.
Brintnall's Second Law: If you receive two contradictory orders, obey them both.
Pavlu's Rules for Economy in Decision Papers: 1 - Refute the last established recommendation. 2 - Add yours. 3 - Pass the paper on.
Oliver's Law: Experience is something you don't get until after you need it.
Lackland's Laws: 1 - Never be first. 2 - Never be last. 3 - Never volunteer for anything.
Rune's Rule: If you don't care where you are, you ain't lost.
Law of Supply (also known as the Law of Gifts): You get the most of what you need the least.
Hane's Law: There is no limit to how bad things can get.
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"Ask the Veterans' Affairs Counselor" DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Office of Public Affairs - News Service Washington DC 20420 (202) 233-2741 Submitted by: Jim Hildwine NamVet's Federal Benefits Section Editor VETLink #4 - Shady Side, MD (301) 261-5644
(Following are representative questions answered daily by VA counselors. Full information is available at any VA office.)
Q-- Do veterans with compensable service-connected disabilities have to pay a funding fee when obtaining a VA-guaranteed home loan? A-- No.
Q-- As national cemetery offices are closed weekends, how can a burial for the following week be scheduled? A-- When a death occurs late in the week or on weekends or holidays, interment for the next week may be scheduled by calling the local national cemetery where a recorded telephone number will refer the caller to one of the three large cemeteries that are staffed on weekends. A member of the cemetery staff will verify eligibility and schedule burial at the local cemetery.
Q-- Is service in the Persian Gulf War considered wartime service for VA benefit purposes? A-- Yes. Under Public Law 102-25, the Persian Gulf War Veterans' Benefits Act of 1991, the Persian Gulf period is defined as beginning Aug. 2, 1990, and ending at a future date to be determined by presidential proclamation or by law.
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================================================================== Drums be not Silent ==================================================================
Step-by-Step MIA/POW Advocacy! By: Mark Reinig P.O.W. NETWORK - Skidmore, MO 64487 (816) 928-3305 Submitted by Marsha Ledeman NamVet MIA/POW Section Editor VETLink #1 - Pittsfield, MA (413) 443-6313
[Note from Joe: The ORIGINAL version of this article (and the following affidavits) are available at VETLink #1 as GUIDE.ZIP. The information contained in Mark's file was SO important to advocating for our MIA/POWs and to the many of you out here in NamVetLand who want to do SOMETHING, I have edited and "changed around" Mark's original file to "fit" within this NamVet. I hope Mark forgives me for changing his writing around - but this HAD to go in THIS issue of NamVet so that we can ALL do something NOW!]
One of the problems I have faced in getting people to act on the POW issue is their lack of confidence when it comes to dealing with the issue. Although people want to contribute, many feel they do not know enough to call their elected officials. "What happens if I call and they ask me about the bills I should know about? What if he wants me to justify why I think there are POWs? Maybe I should study some more before I call. Maybe tomorrow would be a better time." By now the original inspiration to help has passed and procrastination has crept in. This [article] is meant to give these people projects that start out requiring no knowledge of the issue. Each step helps them along the way while giving them tools they need to understand the issue. The first project involves getting copies of the Senate Foreign Relations Addendum from their Senators. I emphasize that even if the person [YOU] has the report, it is critical to order it from the Senate offices. Besides getting the Addendum, it also gives that person a first contact with their Senate offices; one that requires only the courage to pick up the phone and dial. The next projects require signing their name to the enclosed affidavits and sending them to the appropriate offices. Again, only action is involved. Knowledge is gained [in reading the subheading] EMERGENCY [further in this article]. The EMERGENCY [subheading] refers to two different individual and group affidavits. To eliminate confusion, I enclose only one individual and one group affidavit. [The affidavit's immediately follow this article.] I felt that the choice at this point would only confuse things (All of the affidavits are included in the AFFI4.TXT file on the P.O.W. Network if you wish to alter this package). Notice [that you are to make five copies of at least the first affidavit], enough for sending to Congressmen, Senators and the Vietnamese and for reproducing extras for friends. The Roone Arledge-ABC petition [contained in AFFI4.TXT] requires the person now employ the help of friends and neighbors. The remaining steps involve writing to their Congressmen and Senators, with the ninth step using knowledge gained from the enclosed articles and hopefully, from ordering Jeff Donahue's
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INDOCHINA POW TIMELINE [see INDOCHINA POW TIMELINE further in this article] and other reading material. ....... I also strongly suggest you have a page made up with the Names, addresses and phone numbers on a page for the state the person is from. I have uploaded the file CONGRESS.EXE (IBM computers only) [to the P.O.W. NETWORK] for this purpose. If you can determine the district the person is in, highlight their Congressman. If you need help determining districts, or if you have a list of zip codes that you would like matched with Congressional districts, contact me. This is by no means an "end all" package. It is more a concept for teaching involvement while providing projects with some strategic significance. This package will change with unfolding events. If you have suggestions for the improving this concept, please contact me on the Network, write or call:. Mark Reinig/P.O.W. NETWORK Box 68 Skidmore MO 64487 Voice: 816-928-3631 Fax: 816-928-3304
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP 1) Order a copy of the Senate Foreign Relations Minority Staff Report on POWs/MIAs (Also called the Addendum) from both of your Senators. Call the number next to your Senator's name. A secretary will answer the phone and ask for your name and address. You will then tell them: "I would like your office to send me a copy of the Senate Foreign Relations Minority Staff report on POWs/MIAs which was released in May of this year." [Besides getting you 2 copies of the report this accomplishes 3 things: 1. It tells the staff there is someone in the state interested in the POW issue; 2. It tells the staff the caller is an enlightened constituent as you are ordering a report of this type; and 3. When you receive the report you will become an informed constituent.] Get your friends, and associates to make this phone call - dial it for them if necessary. The more people call, the more effect this step will have.]
2) Read the enclosed [subheading] entitled "Emergency". This [subheading] describes the logic behind the [following] affidavits. After reading the [EMERGENCY subheading], sign 4 copies of the personal Affidavits. Send one to the Vietnamese consulate, one to your Congressman and one to both your Senators. The address of the Vietnamese consulate is listed in the EMERGENCY [subheading]. [As the [Affidavits and EMERGENCY subheading] describes, we need to convince both the Vietnamese and our Senators that the POW activists do not hold a grudge on the Vietnamese government so long as they release the American and ex-American citizens under their control. Our government is trying to convince the Vietnamese that it would be a mistake to bring out a POW. We must convince them that our government is lying and that it is IMPERATIVE that they release our men. The "Emergency" [subheading] refers to two different affidavits. I have enclosed the affidavit which includes the clause demanding release of Vietnamese citizens imprisoned for supporting the American side. For copies of the
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affidavit excluding this clause, contact the P.O.W. Network.]
3) Take the ... fifth affidavit and make copies. Go to your friends and have them sign four copies. Do not rely on them to mail it. Mail it yourself - this guarantees that the job gets done.
4) Take the [following] group affidavit and present it to any organization that you feel you can convince to sign it. Make copies of the "Emergency" [subheading] to help you explain the situation. Present the Affidavit to more than just Veteran's organizations. Rotary clubs, Chamber of Commerce, Unions, any group that you can think of will help.
5) Take the "Petition to ABC" [from AFFI4.TXT], make copies, and get as many people to sign as you can. Send the signed petitions to: P.O.W. Network Box 68, Skidmore, MO 64487. [ABC had produced this movie [The Last POWs?] last year. For your information, Bobby Garwood was a POW in Vietnam who managed to get a message to a European embassy in 1979, causing the Vietnamese to release him. He was promptly arrested by the U.S. government and tried and convicted for collaboration. The movie "The Last POWs?" tells the story of Bobby Garwood's ordeal. Even though all reference to his knowledge of remaining Americans were taken out of the script, apparently the Vietnamese government convinced our government to pressure ABC to indefinitely suspend release of the movie in the United States. This petition is meant to apply pressure to ABC and its advertisers.]
6) Write a letter to your Congressman and Senators regarding the declassification of POW related documents. (See [further] synopsis on HR 1147 and HR 2038 for Congressmen and S. 1127 for your Senators) Ask Your Congressman in a handwritten letter (see ... "how to" [subheading]): "What is your voting record on H.R. 2038? Please send me a copy of the attached amendment pertaining to the POW issue. Have you co-sponsored H.R. 1147? Send me a copy of these bills."
Ask Your Senators: "Have you co-sponsored S. 1127? Send me a copy of this bill."
Thank them for their time and emphasize your desire for a response. [These bills pertain to the declassification of documents and is essential for the truthful action on behalf of our government. With this action you will again be telling your Congressman and staff that you are interested and enlightened on the POW issue.]
7) Within a week to ten days after sending the first letter, write a letter to your Congressman regarding the "Missing Service Personnel Act" HR 1730. (See [further] synopsis on HR 1730). Ask Your Congressman in a handwritten letter (see "how to" [subheading]): "Have you Cosponsored HR 1730, the Missing Service Personnel Act? Please send me a copy of the bill for my inspection."
Thank them for their time and emphasize your desire for a
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response. [This bill will change the way our government is allowed to declare a missing serviceman dead. It will also show that you are not going to go away after the first letter.]
8) After receiving the addendum from your Senator (should be within 3 weeks) write your Congressman and Senators concerning the contents of the addendum Report. Tell your Congressman and Senators you have received a copy of the Senate Foreign Relations Minority Staff report on POW/MIAs which was released in May of this year. Ask your representatives, "Have you read this report? Have you read the Tighe report which the Addendum report refers to? Please inform me within security guidelines what is contained in General Tighe's report. I await your reply." [This informs your Congressman that you now have the information (Addendum report) to start making judgments on his performance as a leader in Congress concerning the POW issue. You are also asking him to report back to you concerning a document (Tighe report) only he is allowed to read, but which you are aware.]
9) It is now imperative that you study the [following] excerpts from "Indochina POW Timeline" by Dr. Jeffrey Donahue. This paper describes to the day when we abandoned our men in Laos. This portion describes how we abandoned our men and never negotiated for their return. Also study the [following] "Politics Prevent POWs Return". The next letters will go to your Congressman and your two Senators. The contents of the letters can be identical (make sure you hand copy them as a photocopy won't do).
Ask your representatives: "I have read the report POW TIMELINE by Dr. Jeffrey Donahue. He asserts that in 1973 the Lao government admitted to holding live American servicemen. The Vietnamese and the State Department both agreed that in order to get these men back our government must negotiate with the Pathet Lao directly. Do you know when we negotiated these "tens of tens" Americans out of Laos? Only nine came back during Homecoming through the Vietnamese government and I can find no record of our government dealing directly with the Lao for these live men. Please tell me when we negotiated for the rest of the Americans being held in Laos. Who did the negotiating?" "Recent photos of Donald Carr and Daniel Borah came out of Laos, and Carl Ford has stated that he believes there are some pilots held against their will there. What do you intend to do to get these men out?" [As the text of the POW TIMELINE indicate(s), we NEVER negotiated for the release of our live Americans captured by the Pathet Lao. Hopefully, your Congressman and/or Senators will take it upon themselves to discover this fact for themselves. If these representatives have a personal honor system, they will join in the fight to have these men released. If your representative doesn't respond adequately to your questions, we will help you develop a game plan for the next steps to take.]
We want to know your progress on these projects. We would also like to know what your Congressmen and Senators say in response to your requests. Also, if you have any questions concerning the projects outlined above, or if you want to continue to help us in
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our fight for the release of Americans held in foreign hands, please contact: P.O.W. Network/Mark Reinig Box 68 - Skidmore MO 64487 Voice: 816-928-3631 Fax: 816-928-3303 Modem: 816-928-3305
EMERGENCY Following the completion of Operation Homecoming in 1973, Henry Kissinger publicly stated that the discovery of any additional American prisoners in Vietnam would require stern retribution by the U.S. against Vietnam. In 1987, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Vernon Walters - who had been Deputy Director of CIA when George Bush was Director - said that it would be "detrimental" for the Vietnamese to "surface" living American POWs. In August, 1991, soon after returning from visiting Vietnam as a part of a congressional delegation, Arizona Republican Congressman Jim Kolbe stated in a radio interview that if American POWs should "walk out" it would destroy relations between the U.S. and Vietnam for "years or decades." Also in August 1991, Wyoming Republican Senator Alan Simpson said that it would be foolish for the Vietnamese to still be holding American prisoners as, if discovered, they would be shunned as "pariahs of the earth and the foul stench of humanity" for 50 years. He also said that Vietnam's efforts toward normalizing relations with the rest of the world may include killing any POWs still alive to be "sure that there was no one alive in order that then they would be accepted in the family of nations." According to many knowledgeable observers, the recent sweeping changes in Vietnam's top leadership came as a result of frustration that the former group was unable to clear the way for better trade and diplomatic relations with the West. If this is true, the new leaders will be more likely to take aggressive action to get Vietnam out of the POW/MIA dilemma - either as Senator Simpson suggests, or by unilaterally releasing them. It is ESSENTIAL that the Vietnamese gain a better understanding of the likely U.S. public reaction to each of those possible courses of action. We MUST do everything we can to convince them that we KNOW they have authority over living American POWs, no matter what the Vietnamese choose to call them and no matter whether they are held in Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia. Lifting the U.S. trade embargo against Vietnam and/or normalizing diplomatic relations will be impossible until and unless those POWs are released. Furthermore, we must show the Vietnamese that statements such as Kolbe's and Simpson's are LIES, and have been made to encourage the Vietnamese to take action which might be in the best interest of traitorous U.S. officials - who abandoned those men and lied about their existence for 18 years - but will not be in the interest of Vietnam. We MUST show the Vietnamese that all they have to do to get out of this mess is Come Clean - release ALL of the Americans, no matter what their physical or mental condition. [Make five copies of the following affidavits]: two [will be] for individuals; two [will be] for organizations. One of each includes a section which indicates that the SRV must open the gates of the re-education camps to release those who are held because they worked and fought by our side during the war. If you or your organization are unwilling to place this additional precondition on lifting the trade embargo and normalizing
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relations, execute the affidavit(s) which do not contain this wording. Whichever applies to you or your group, sign it and send it four places as soon as possible: (1) Mission of the SRV to the UN, 20 Waterside Plaza, New York, NY 10012; (2)&(3) one copy to each of the two U.S. Senators from your state; (4) your Congressman. Also, reproduce the blank affidavits and send them to any and all individuals or groups with which you have contact - and not just POW or Veteran groups. We want the Vietnamese to know more about how ALL Americans feel about this problem. Act quickly; there is more danger AND more opportunity than ever before!
HOW TO WRITE TO YOUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN Let them know of your concern for swift action on the POW issue. A handwritten letter carries the most weight in a Congressional office. Be specific. Ask only one or two questions per letter (mail more than one letter!) and make sure you note that you expect a response. If you receive no reply, write again and ask why. Follow-up with a short note to the local editor of the newspaper, praising him if he responds or asking the question "Why does he not respond" if no help is forthcoming. Please let your Congressman know that if you have taken the time to write a personal letter, you expect no less of him, and form letters are inappropriate when dealing with the POW issue.
BASIC LETTER FORM: Your Name Your Address Your City ST ZIP
Congressman's Name Congressman's address Washington DC ZIP
Dear Congressman Name:
[BODY OF LETTER]
OTHER PROJECTS TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND AND BE MORE EFFECTIVE IN THE POW ISSUE:
JOIN the Insiders "telephone tree". You will receive monthly "targets" within the government to whom you will ask specific questions and expect replies. This is a nationwide, well coordinated effort to get the POW question to the officials that can make a difference. ->Mike Van Atta, Box 302, Chatham, NJ 07928.
JOIN the National Alliance of Families and support their efforts to gain the release of men and documentation. This organization is made up of families of the missing but has a membership for those concerned, but not related to a POW/MIA. ->National Alliance of Families
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5503 17th Avenue NW P-200 - Seattle WA 98107
If you have a computer and modem available, you can access the P.O.W. NETWORK. The NETWORK has hundreds of pages of documentation available, information on Congressional activities, biographies on our missing men, the capability of corresponding electronically with anyone around the world interested in the POW issue and more. ->P.O.W. NETWORK, Box 68, Skidmore, MO 64487 816-928-3304/Modem:816-928-3305/Fax:816-928-3304
READ: 1. Kiss the Boys Goodbye, by Monica Jensen-Stephensen (avail. at library or call POW NETWORK) 2. Indochina POW Timeline, by Dr. Jeffrey Donahue (available through P.O.W. NETWORK) 3. Unrepatriated American Prisoners of War, by John Nevin (available through the P.O.W. NETWORK) 4. Bamboo Cage, by Nigel Cawthorne (available only in Great Britain - Ask your library, bookstore or contact the P.O.W. Network) 5. Senate Foreign Relations U.S. Policy Towards POWs Interim Report and Addendum (see step 1 "What You Can Do To Help")
HOUSE BILLS H.R. 1147 - The Truth bill seeks full disclosure of live sighting reports. These reports would be made public, with permission of the next of kin of the serviceman still POW or MIA.
H.R. 2038 - The Truth bill amendment was attached to the Intelligence Authorization Bill and passed by voice vote in late June. The bill must now go to the Senate for approval and then the President for signature. Should the Senate change the wording on the bill, the bill would be sent back to Congressional committee for a hearing and compromise.
H.R. 1730 - The Missing Service Personnel Act seeks to change 1942 laws that allow the presumptive finding of death hearings to proceed based strictly on the passage of one years time. As it is written now, the law allows for a serviceman missing or prisoner of war to be declared dead after only one year, regardless of information received in that year, especially if that material is a live-sighting report, as those are classified and not entered as evidence.
H.R. 1900 - The POW/MIA Rescue bill allows for asylum of any refugee bringing a living American out of S.E. Asia and to a representative of the United States Government.
SENATE BILLS S. 1127 - The Senate version of the Truth Bill. (see H.R. 1147)
AVAILABLE TO ALL CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS "The Tighe Report" - an in-depth, classified study on the issues and facts surrounding the POW issue by former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Ret. General Eugene Tighe. Open
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hearings were held on only part of the report. Gen Tighe has stated that he believes, based on the volume of evidence he had seen, men were left behind in Vietnam. The Intelligence Authorization Act of 1991, H.R. 5422, had a clause which required the DIA to provide any member of Congress, upon request, access to this report.
The INQUIRY AND ADDENDUM, by the Committee on Foreign Relations is an in-depth, 150 page, two part investigation into the POW/MIA issue. It covers the Defense Intelligence Agency's handling of documentation, proper routing and timeframe of follow-up on live sighting reports, the "mindset to debunk", the Presidential Priorities from WWI through the Gulf War as it relates to service personnel left behind, etc. Based on documents, family interviews, historical records and news articles. Released in two parts, November 1990 and June 1991.
Excerpts from INDOCHINA POW TIMELINE By Dr. Jeffrey Donahue Published by National Forget-