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the war in Vietnam was mostly a helicopter and air war there were many jets and helicopters that had been shot down in the enemy controlled areas in the than that a survivor of a one of these crashes were captured they would become a prisoner of war or POWs Violations of the Geneva Convention occurred in the Vietnam War 1959-1975 Ill treatment of prisoners was brought to light by the Red Cross throughout the war In September 1969 the North Vietnamese Red Cross declared that US pilots guilty of crimes against humanity would not be given the protections afforded by the Geneva Convention South Vietnamese mistreatment of prisoners of war was alleged in 1970 in reports that so-called tiger cages were used to confine North Vietnamese prisonersIn the Vietnamese conflict a major concern in negotiations between the United States and North Vietnam was the release of hundreds of American prisoners of war and the repatriation of both North and South Vietnamese prisoners By 1971 the prospects of US withdrawal from Vietnam depended largely on a solution of the prisoner-of-war problem which had been employed as a bargaining point by North Vietnam On February 12 1973 after the signing of the cease-fire in January the first contingent of 143 American military and civilian prisoners of war arrived in the Philippines During the following weeks 444 prisoners were released Two decades later more than 2000 US soldiers remained unaccounted for and are listed as missing in action Prisoners of War POW Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia 1993-1997 the government claims that in 1973 the first plane load of ex POWs had landed at Griph airforce base as part of Operation homecoming the last POWs supposedly had landed died in the US no later than late March of 1973 the palace said that all but the 113 that were killed in captivity had returned home safely to their familiesothers have a slightly different opinion of what has
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