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Posted 3/22/2011 Printable Fact Sheet
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Southeast Asia POW Exhibit
DAYTON, Ohio -- "Return with Honor: American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia" exhibit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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American prisoners of war (POWs) in Southeast Asia endured inhuman torture, political exploitation, filthy living conditions and endless attempts at communist indoctrination. North Vietnam treated U.S. servicemen not as POWs but as foreign invaders and criminals bent on subverting Vietnam's communist revolution. Most POWs were held in camps in North Vietnam, but some were imprisoned in South Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and even in China. POWs' families at home could not be sure if prisoners were alive or dead, and the question of POW treatment became a major public issue during the war.

Click on the following links to learn more about the Return with Honor: American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia exhibit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Brutality and Endurance
The "Hanoi Hilton" and Other Prisons
Inner Strength
Unbroken Will: The Lance Sijan Story
Rescue Attempt: The Son Tay Raid
Family Odysseys: Working At Home For POW-MIAs
Operation Homecoming
Home at Last: MIAs Since the End of the War
Final Combat: The Mayaguez Incident at Koh Tang

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