Accession Number : ADA310950

Title :   M.I.A.: Accounting for the Missing in Southeast Asia,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Mather, Paul D.

PDF Url : ADA310950

Report Date : 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 223

Abstract : Among the numerous analyses of those missing in action in Southeast Asia, this study is the first to concentrate on the process whereby the US military tried to resolve each case. Much of the continuing controversy ignores or refuses to accept the fact that the US Government, through the Joint Casualty Resolution Center and other mechanisms, has made a thorough, sustained, good faith effort to determine the fate of every serviceman declared missing in action in that conflict. The author, who spent more than 15 years in Southeast Asia taking part in those endeavors, tells the story of this unique effort from the point of view of an informed insider. A member of the MIA search team from the early 1970s through the late 1980s, Paul Mather is well qualified to relate the history of this effort. He covers a wide range of topics, from field work at crash sites and personal interchanges with Vietnamese, Cambodian, Lao, and Thai officials, through the various international accords that governed the activities of the US investigatory teams. Although political changes in the United States alternately facilitated or hampered search efforts, the attempt to resolve every case never ceased. Colonel Mather faithfully records the efforts of individuals and organizations that played major roles in this drama: congressional committees; the National League of Families; private citizens who made sincere efforts to help; senior government officials like General John Vessey, who headed a special full-accounting commission; military agencies such as the Joint Casualty Resolution Center and the Army's Central Identification Laboratory; scoundrels and swindlers who exploited the tragedy for personal gain; and self-styled Rambos who acted on their own.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *PRISONERS OF WAR, MILITARY HISTORY, CONGRESS, POLICIES, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, CASUALTIES, SITE INVESTIGATIONS, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, SEARCH AND RESCUE, VETERANS(MILITARY PERSONNEL), THAILAND, CRASH LANDINGS, CAMBODIA, CRASH INJURIES, LAOS, NORTH VIETNAM, SOUTH VIETNAM.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE