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The POW-MIA Flag Creator Passes Away in Orange Park

November 2015

[Received from John Kafka]

The Spy in the Hanoi Hilton

March 31, 2015

Smithsonian Channel

Received from Joe Ciokon

A one-hour documentary on how the POW's in Hanoi were able to communicate with the CIA and the DOD.

You can learn more about each person who served at Hue by visiting the links below.

The Veterans Tributes links goes to each page from "Honoring Those Who Served"

andgives more information about their careers and citations.

(Not all of the following are listed, but there are listing for Armed Forces members.)

AFVN's dead are also remembered on our Taps page.


John Thomas Anderson - POW   BIO   TAPS  Veteran Tributes

John Bagwell - Escaped  BIO

John A. Deering - POW  BIO   TAPS   Veteran Tributes

James V. DiBernardo - POW   BIO   TAPS   Veteran Tributes

Harry Lawrence Ettmueller - POW   BIO   Veteran Tributes   Awards

Donat J. Gouin - POW   BIO   TAPS   Veteran Tributes

Courtney Niles - Killed in Action  BIO   KIA   TAPS

Steven J. Stroub -Captured and Executed  BIO   KIA   TAPS   Veteran Tributes

Thomas Franklin Young -Killed in Action  BIO   KIA   TAPS

Thoughts of a Five-year American POW during the Vietnam War

MSG John T. Anderson, USA

"As for soldiers who become prisoners in the future… you can do just about anything you have to or want to.   And that includes surviving.  More importantly, remember when you came in the military you took an oath.  You raised your hand and said ‘I will’.  You must live up to your commitment because you’re the one who’s going to have to live with yourself.  And they can break anybody; I don’t care who you are.  But in the end, you are the one responsible for what you’ve done.  Now I get up every morning and look at myself in the mirror and shave.  And while it’s not the prettiest sight in the world, I smile because I am happy with the fact I’m back here and I’m the man that I am."

Received from Bob Nelson, October 2013

captivity before being released.  The sixth, Steven Stroub, was executed shortly after capture.  The AFVN'ers were captured when the detachment at Hue was overrun following a fierce fire fight during the Tet holiday on Feb 5, 1968.  Two other men also died that day at AFVN.  SGT Thomas Franklin Young, USMC was Killed in Action in that fight.  Also killed that day was Courtney Niles, a civilian with NBC International, who died defending the station. One AFVN'er escaped.


Six men assigned to AFVN were taken prisoner during the Vietnam War, five specking about years in

American Forces Vietnam Network -- AFVN

Prisoners of War -- The Honored

TAPS= Deceased           KIA  = Killed in Action       Bio = MACOI Biography Link