The Smoking Gun Has Been Found|
Since the dissolution of the USSR , a treasure trove of evidence has turned up in communist files. In spite of the best efforts of the United States Government, the truth is coming out.
For instance, in 1993, Steven Morris, a scholar from Harvard University ’s Russian Research Center , discovered a Top Secret document in the files of the Central Committee, Communist Party Soviet Union, International Department (formerly known as COMINTERN).
General Tran Van Quang, Deputy Chief of Staff of the North Vietnamese Army, authored a report dated September 15, 1972 to the North Vietnamese Politburo, which ended up in Russian Intelligence archives. This document provided a detailed accounting of 1,205 live American POWs then held in 11 North Vietnamese prisons.
The General’s statements are quite revealing:
“1,205 American prisoners of war located in the prisons of Vietnam – this is a big number. Officially, until now, we published a list of only 368 prisoners of war, the rest we have not revealed. The government of the U.S.A. knows this well, but it does not know the exact number of prisoners of war, and can only make guesses based on its losses.”
Note that this report is dated 4 months before the war ended. It only includes POWs held by North Vietnam in North Vietnam up to that point. However, it does not include Prisoners of War held in South Vietnam by the Viet Cong, those POWs held in Laos by the Pathet Lao, or those POWs held in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge.
American POWs Taken To USSR From Korea and Vietnam Wars
On Friday, September 17, 1996 , Congressman Bob Dornan, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel of the House National Security Committee, held another hearing on the POW/MIA issue.
Testifying under oath were Colonel (Ret.) Phillip Corso, former National Security Council aid and POW issue specialist to President Dwight D. Eisenhower; and Czechoslovakian Major General Jan Sejna, the highest ranking defector ever to come to the U.S. from behind the Iron Curtain.
Both men testified from personal, firsthand knowledge they possess about American and allied Prisoners of War taken to the Soviet Union after the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and what the Russians used them for.
The Soviets used POWs to train military doctors in field medicine and to test the effects of chemical and biological warfare agents and to test the effects of atomic radiation.
Between 1961 and 1968, Gen. Sejna estimates at least 200 Americans were shipped to the Soviet Union through Czechoslovakia . Gen. Sejna also knew that other POWs were given to the Chinese.
Published on: 2005-05-13 (6518 reads)[ Go Back ]