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Why didn't you get me out? : betrayal in the Viet Cong death camps : the truth about heroes, traitors, and those left behind

Author: Frank Anton; Tommy Denton
Publisher: Arlington, Tex. : Summit Pub. Group, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When the author took off in his chopper to fly another routine mission over Vietnam on January 5, 1968, he had no idea that he was setting out on a five-year journey through hell. Shot down and taken captive, he was marched to the first of five different jungle camps that served as makeshift prisons. Bound in by the hostile jungle, he watched helplessly as his fellow POWs died, one-by-one, of starvation and disease.
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives, American
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Anton, Frank, 1943-
Why didn't you get me out?
Arlington, Tex. : Summit Pub. Group, ©1997
(OCoLC)645852492
Named Person: Frank Anton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Anton; Tommy Denton
ISBN: 1565302516 9781565302518
OCLC Number: 36847682
Description: xv, 196 pages : bill. ; 24 cm
Contents: Going to war --
Shooting back --
Shoot-down --
Into the jungle --
Decline of body and soul --
Camp one --
Death camp --
To camps 3 and 4 --
March to Hanoi --
In Hanoi --
Home again --
Garwood court-martial --
Cynical attitude.
Responsibility: Frank Anton, with Tommy Denton.

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When the author took off in his chopper to fly another routine mission over Vietnam on January 5, 1968, he had no idea that he was setting out on a five-year journey through hell. Shot down and taken captive, he was marched to the first of five different jungle camps that served as makeshift prisons. Bound in by the hostile jungle, he watched helplessly as his fellow POWs died, one-by-one, of starvation and disease. Near death himself, he was eventually marched north along the Ho Chi Minh Trail to Hanoi where he spent the last two years of his captivity.

After his release came an amazing revelation. During his intelligence debrief, he learned that the U.S. government had known of his exact location all along. He saw aerial photos of the camps in which he had been held and even saw a close-up photo of himself that was taken as he walked the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Stunned, the question formed immediately in Frank's mind: "Why didn't you get me out?" Years later, Frank has figured out the answer to that question, but he doesn't like it - most likely you won't either.

This is the first [book] by an American who was held in these Viet Cong jungle camps. His account not only relates the horror of that experience, but also sheds light on many issues still debated, including the question of missing POWs and the role played by Marine Private First Class Bobby Garwood, who was known as the "white gook."

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