Did the Vietnamese hold back POWs?
Documents show U.S. officials believed they did.
January 30, 1973 -- Memo for Record - Army POWs not released by Hanoi or the Viet Cong
February 1973 -- Kissinger List of 82 PWs not returned during Operation Homecoming, with memo from the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs
April 18, 1973 -- PW of Whom PRG/DRV Should Have Knowledge -- Lists 171 unreturned POWs, based on returnee debriefs
July 3, 1973 -- Memo prepared for the Chief U.S. Four Party Military Team - Request for "Additional MIA/BNR Informtion" The memo names servicemen listed in catagories Last Known Alive, Probably Died in Captivity, Died in Incident and Probably Captured, along with brief incident description.
January 1, 1976 -- Good Cases -- "List of U.S. Personnel on Whom Their is Survival Evidence."
May 25, 1976 -- Hard Cases -- List of U.S. Personnel Captured by the Enemy and on Whom the Enemy Would Have Knowledge - "Hard Evidence indicates they were still alive at another location other than their capture point."
August 25, 1985 -- Joint Casualty Resolution Center memo to National Security Council staffer Richard Childress lists incidents by case number in various categories such as "out of aircraft" and "cases in which site survey and excavation would be negligible value"
July 2, 1993 -- Letter to Senator Bob Smith listing 299 Last Known Alive POWs and MIAs, as of 1990. To view letter and the List of 299 POWs and MIAs Last Known Alive. These individuals were identified on the basis of all-source intelligence.