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Vietnamese commandos : hearing before the Select
Committee on Intelligence of the United States Senate, One Hundred Fourth
Congress, second session ... Wednesday, June 19, 1996
Published on Jul 21, 2015
South Vietnamese commandos trained by the US and
dropped into the communist North during the Vietnam war are still campaigning
for back pay they claim they are owed.
Many of the South Vietnamese were captured,
tortured or killed after they were dropped into enemy territory.
Those who survived the ordeal returned to the US -
only to discover that the US government had written them off as dead and had
stopped paying their families.
South Vietnamese trained by the US military
attended a Congressional hearing Wednesday - another step in their fight to get
back pay they say the US still owes them.
"Our government is not facing up to the facts. Not facing up to basic humanity."
Arlen Specter, (R - Pennsylvania) Chairman of Foreign Intelligence Sub-Committee
About 500 commandos infiltrated into North Vietnam
as part of a disastrous US operation throughout the 1960s.
Many of them were killed - others were captured
and put in prison.
But nearly 200 survived - only to discover that
during their stay in jail the US government declared them killed in action and
stopped paying their salary to their families.
The survivors - who now live in the US - have
filed a lawsuit in the US Court of Claims in an effort to obtain two-thousand US
dollars each for every year they spent in prison.
They're supported by Vietnam veteran and Senator
John Kerry and other members of Congress who served in Vietnam.
They are filing legislation authorising the
payment to the commandos.
"In a sense one of the things they have indicated that they want more perhaps
than even money is this process of public acknowledgement for what they went
through and the service they gave."
John Kerry, (D - Massachusetts) Vietnam Veteran
The lawyer for the Vietnamese commandos says it is
important to find out exactly what happened to the South Vietnamese.
"The hearing was to look into the issue of how prisoners of war have been left
behind, how prisoners of war have been written off as dead, when we knew they
were living. And how we treat those who serve and suffer on our behalf."
C Mattes, Lawyer
One of the commandos officially back from the dead, Ha Van Son, told a Senate
committee how he was abandoned to years of imprisonment in North Vietnam.
He went on to accuse the US of breaking its promise to care for his family.
"Right now I fight not only for my honour, not only for money but also for the
future of America that is exactly what I want to see in the United States of
America because I think this nation is the best nation of humans."
Van Son, Former South Vietnamese Commando
has asked for dismissal of the commandos' suit because it involves a secret
contract for a covert operation and therefore is unenforceable in US courts.
supports senator Kerry's legislation which has passed the Senate on a voice vote
as an amendment to the Defence Authorisation bill.
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