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By Jeanne M. Lesinski

ISBN-10: 0874369541

ISBN-13: 9780874369540

MIAs addresses a subject matter that's either undying and well timed. Many households of these lacking in motion in Vietnam haven't given up wish of studying the reality approximately their family. This quantity presents an summary of matters relating to U.S. squaddies lacking in motion from the Vietnam clash, besides historical past on MIAs/POWs from pre-Vietnam conflicts.Topics comprise imprisonment and unencumber of MIAs, efforts of the U.S. executive and civilian firms to figure out their destiny, and the impact the MIA controversy has had on diplomatic kin among the us and Vietnam.

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Diem proclaimed South Vietnam a republic with himself as president. He also refused to hold the reunification elections that had been mandated at the Geneva Conference because he, with the support of the United States, maintained that fair, free elections could not take place due to widespread fraud. Fighting began in January 1957 when the Viet Minh launched guerrilla attacks on the South. The insurgents tried to get Vietnamese peasants to help them through emotional appeals and by promising them land.

They also brought the villagers medical supplies and weapons. In November 1963, the Diem government came to an end when Diem and his brother (who was also his political advisor), Ngo Dinh Nhu, were murdered. A revolutionary government under Brigadier General Duong Van Minh took control, but not for long. In the next year and a half, more coups d'état took place: The control of South Vietnam changed ten times. In 1966, Generals Nguyen Van Thieu and Nguyen Cao Ky headed a military council that restored order.

S. air attacks (Veterans Administration 1980). Prisoners sometimes were held in a thatched hut, called a hootch. In one case, the kitchen was a dirt hole with stones around it, and the latrine was a hole in the ground at one end of the compound. Eighteen men slept on one bamboo platform, using old burlap bags sewn together as blankets (Anton 1997, 35; Zalin 1975, 8687). Jungle prisoners lacked the necessities of medical care and food to an even greater extent than did their urban counterparts. The prisoners might have received care from a medic before arriving at the camp, but the field medics were largely incompetent.

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