How many US soldiers were held as POWS in the Vietnam War?
You will never get the true count on this one. It is noted that POWS were tortured, died from wounds, or died from starvation. There was no special ceremonies for burying them by the enemy.
To this day it is said that there were many POW's left in those camps, but the U.S. Gov't will deny this to the bitter end. By eye witness accounts POW's were often moved from one camp to a secret camp and never stayed in the same place for long. They understood the language, walked in a zombie-like fashion, were not bound and were hardly guarded at all, but followed their enemy leader to the next camp. Most were extremely weak and obviously had severe mental break-downs.
There had been sightings of American soldiers in different cities in Vietnam and one can only surmize that they know the language well, have become use to the way of life there, can't or won't go home for various reasons. Is it any wonder. These men fought hard in jungles, rice fields, swamps and then some were beaten and caged like animals for months to even years. They probably have little memory of their former lives. Also to date many soldiers who served in the Vietnam War have terrible nightmares, many seek out psychological counselling to try and beat "the werewolf" and the "hidden closet syndrome". Night sweats occur, flash-backs, and a never-ending unsettled soul. They did nothing wrong but serve their country but those that came back came back to boos instead of cheers. Jobs were hard to get for these men, and many were left with broken bodies and broken minds.
I sometimes go on a "Vietnam" site to listen and read what they have to say. I like to get it from the "horse's mouth." These men know what they went through and even now, with the present war going on, they echo ... "just another Vietnam!"
The treatment of German POWs (prisoners of war) varied depending on their captors. The Soviet Union used most of its German POWs for hard labour, and many of them perished. Many others were kept till 1955 as bargaining counters. On the whole Britain treated German POWs well. Obviously, there were times when a sudden advance led to a large number of soldiers being taken prisoner at the same time. which often caused practical problems. Very…
United Nations POWs were held in prison camps in North Korea. These were not subject to external scrutiny and there were many recorded instances of poor and brutal treatment. North Korean and Chinese POWs were held in South Korean prison camps. Those captured by other than the South Koreans (i.e. other UN countries) remained the responsibility of the capturing country, and these countries conducted monthly inspections of those POWs to ensure their well being.