Rather than question the workings of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in your editorial July 22, you should be questioning why our government is spending money trying to identify or find remains of 83,000 people lost in conflicts dating back to WW II.
Anyone who served in Combat, knows that it is almost impossible to find ANY remains when someone is vaporized by high explosives! Most of us combat vets have seen friends and foes disappear into a fine pink mist. Combat is not like a John Wayne movie.
And as to POWS, we didn't take very many so why would our enemy do so? Most combat vets know American POWS are not out there waiting to be found. I've read the term, Mopping up" in your newspaper when reporting military actions--Do you know what it is? Not an easy job but it is shooting the enemy wounded and dazed after a fire fight. We all had to do it; was not fun, but it was/is a fact of life.
Look at the POW list of Vietnam notice how few infantrymen were captured? Four of my friends were captured and executed east of Cu Chi in June '69 did not upset our platoon very much as we all knew we would probably have done the same thing to anyone we caught.
The whole POW/MIA movement is a insult to the men who were KIA. Every time I hear about Viet Nam POWs/ MIAs , I think of the Marines who went over to the other side in I Corps and the Saigon drug dealers who were deserters from the US Military units in III and IV Corps. A lot of them are still in the Land of Rice and Opportunity and it would be an embarrassment to "Find" them and bring them back as returning heroic "POWs".
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