Elaborate plans for the reception of United States prisoners of war from Vietnam have been made at Clark Air Base about 35 miles (56 kilometres) north of the Philippines capital, Manila.
Elaborate plans for the reception of United States prisoners of war from Vietnam have been made at Clark Air Base about 35 miles (56 kilometres) north of the Philippines capital, Manila. U.S. Military commanders hope that when a peace settlement is reached, the prisoners will be allowed to leave North Vietnam by aircraft for he base.
The terms of the final draft agreement for peace in Vietnam provides for release of prisoners on both sides. The latest United States figures estimate that several hundred U.S. armed forces members are prisoners.
The receiving centre at Clark Air Force base is considered the most likely destination for U.S. prisoners leaving North Vietnam. However, the Pacific Islands of Guam and Okinawa have been mentioned as other possible receiving centres.
On arrival at reception areas, doctors will examine the released prisoners and psychiatric help will be available. The men will be able to telephone their families and intelligence officers will interview the ex-prisoners.
They will also be informed about recent developments. Other prisoners released earlier had not head of major developments at home during their captivity. Many of the men will be promoted. Present plans suggest the released prisoners will stay at the reception centres for only a day or two before returning to their homes. In take rehearsals at Clark Air Force Base were held last week.
SYNOPSIS: The United States' Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines has been prepared as a possible reception centre for prisoners of war when they're released from North Vietnam. This demonstration last week showed the techniques which would be used should any released prisoner require medical treatment. United States military commanders were hoping that when peace is reached, aircraft will be allowed into North Vietnam to fly prisoners out to centres such as this at Clark Air Base near Manila. The Pacific islands of Guam and Okinawa have been named as other possible reception centres.
Medical help if needed is planned as one of the first priorities. Doctors will examine released prisoners and psychiatric help will be available. The man in this demonstration were not prisoners, but the same reception methods will be used when the released prisoners do arrive.
Previously-released men had not heard of major developments at home, and the prisoners may have to be brought up to date. After a few days at the centres, the men will be returned home as quickly as possible.