Historian talks about prisoners of war in Southeast Asia
By Sarah Parke , National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
/ Published September 21, 2006
DAYTON, Ohio -- Join National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Research Historian Doug Lantry as he discusses "Return with Honor: Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia" at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 9 at 7 p.m.
This presentation will cover a variety of topics, including what made the North Vietnamese mistreat United States prisoners and how the POWs endured their captivity. Lantry will talk about what efforts were made at home in the U.S. to learn about the fate of prisoners of war (POWs) and those missing in action (MIAs).
American POWs in Southeast Asia endured torture, political exploitation, filthy living conditions, and endless attempts at communist indoctrination. Most POWs were held in camps in North Vietnam, but some were imprisoned in South Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and 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 Vietnam War.
Lantry will also talk about Operation Homecoming and its legacy for the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force upon arrival of the C-141 "Hanoi Taxi." He will conclude by discussing continuing efforts to achieve a full account of all MIAs.
This free presentation, which is part of the museum's Volunteer Information Program, will be held in the museum's Carney Auditorium, and is open to the public. Call (937) 255-8099, ext. 313, for additional information.
As a research historian at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Lantry curates, writes and researches museum exhibits. He also serves as a U.S. Air Force Reserve Historian with the AF History Office in Washington, D.C., and is currently working on completing his doctorate from the University of Delaware.
The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Pike, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day).
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States Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-4704, ext. 332.