I am not going to google the name of the camp now as it is late, but they were marched to a prisoner of war camp, many died on the march, where they joined other prisoners of war, who had been there for many years. They were kept there for a couple of years and they were all released after the completion of peace talks. That is the jist of it, but I must brush up on this history.Do we know much about what happened to the PoWs? I know some were bought back through back channels either by family or government. The rest sent to Russia and China do you think?
I remember reading a story from a U.S special ops guy. While on an ambush in the jungle on the Laos border they witnessed a French guy walking through the jungle, alone, and talking to himself. Kind of haunting really, knowing some were kept back for decades. Same with U.S PoWs who never came back.
Except for the most seriously wounded who were evacuated to Luang Prabang in Laos by air (about 850), all other PoWs, including those 'slightly' wounded, were marched 700 km up North to the prisoner's camp. It turned to be a 'death march', like the Japanese did with allied PoWs during WW2. The conditions of living in the camps were so terrible that an estimated 60 to 70% of the PoWs didn't come back and died either along the roads or in the camps. Like for the US, it is rumoured that some PoWs were not released after the Geneva agreements in 1954 (end of the "French" Indochina war) and were used as 'slaves' doing all sorts of hard work, but this has never been proved.Do we know much about what happened to the PoWs?
Yes this is quite true but it is not for me to say.Alex Solomon's father in law was taken prisoner , he was slightly wounded, do not know the whole story maybe Alex might say. All I know he was in the Legion and fought in Indochina.
Hope you do not mind me mentioning this Alex ???