"Operation Homecoming" was the name of the event that signified the return of our Prisoners Of War (POW). The first 40 Americans left Hanoi's Gia Lam airport on a C-130 Hercules cargo plane on Feb. 12, 1973. All in all, over 600 POW's finally completed their Journey home (1 ).
Some evidence, and some people believe the journey wasn't made by some POW and Missing In Action (MIA), because they were still held in Vietnam.
Most MIA cases are simple, someone disappears completely. But there are discrepancy cases. After America involvement, the Nixon administration The Department of Defense had resolved twenty two of eighty eight of these cases by reclassifying them as Killed In Action(2 ). In 1974 a DOD spokesman Dick Moose said they were waiting on an accounting of 300 service men believed to be held by Pathet Lao(3 ).
A defector from North Vietnamese Army (NVA) Nguyen Thanh Son told the media outlets AP, UPI and NBC that he had seen six soldiers he believed were American and they had not been released. An American officer asked the press to play down they story the AP agreed after it talked to the US Embassy press officer, UPI and NBC complete deleted the item from their stories (4 ).
An American POW was seen carrying two hundred pounds of rice and food accompanied by two guards. Two Black POW were seen in a market in the Thanh Tra in area a Viet Cong (VC) controlled area. They had been there several times. In January of 1974 South Vietnamese Intelligence reported that two Caucasians had been seen going out of Cambodia and into South Vietnam, they were tied together and accompanied by 100 communist soldiers (5 ).
A CIA report in February 1978 said Caucasian prisoners were being held at a prison camp about six or eight kilometers Ham Yen, in the Hoang Lien Son province. Another CIA report said that the Democratic Republic of Vietnam had not released all prisoners 'These cadres added that the SRV, the successor of the DRV, would continue to hold these POWs and use them occasionally as bargaining counters when necessary(6 ).