(WASHINGTON) β After decades of denials, the Chinese have acknowledged burying an American prisoner of war in China, telling the U.S. that a teenage soldier captured in the Korean War died a week after he "became mentally ill," according to documents provided to The Associated Press.
China had long insisted that all POW questions were answered at the conclusion of the war in 1953 and that no Americans were moved to Chinese territory from North Korea. The little-known case of Army Sgt. Richard G. Desautels, of Shoreham, Vt., opens another chapter in this story and raises the possibility that new details concerning the fate of other POWs may eventually surface.
Chinese authorities gave Pentagon officials intriguing new details about Desautels in a March 2003 meeting in Beijing, saying they had found "a complete record of 9-10 pages" in classified archives....
I fear that someday we are going to discover that many POWs & MIAs from Vietnam were held forever because of the USA not living up to it's deal that Kissinger made in Paris to rebuild areas of Vietnam destroyed by dumping more bomb tonnage than we did in all of WWII. The troops are always lost in the shuffle when the fighting is over and the politics and economics of recovery begin. How sad.