Family Efforts on Behalf of United States Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia
Individual research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The basic problem examined in this paper is the refusal by North Vietnam and its Communist allies to abide fully with the humanitarian principles of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War and their refusal to properly account for the missing in action and dead. A descriptive chronology is developed to highlight the significant efforts put forth by family members of Americans who were either held captive and subsequently released or who remain unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. The period 1964 to present is examined and family initiatives are described as they occurred. The initiatives took many forms, including meetings with high level government officials numerous appearances before the Congress letter writing campaigns use of the mass media dedication ceremonies and travel abroad. No attempt is made to draw conclusions or make recommendations with respect to family success or failure during their involvement in the PWMIA issue.
- Sociology and Law
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations