Three captured U.S. pilots, released by North Viet Nam, arrived in Washington, D.C. early Sunday?
Three captured U.S. pilots, released by North Viet Nam, arrived in Washington, D.C. early Sunday morning (18 February) and said more pilots may be released by the Hanoi regime.
In a brief airport interview Lt. Colonel Norris Overly was asked if any more pilots may be released. He answered; "We have been informed this is a possibility."
Colonel Overly and his two fellow pilots, Captain John Black and Lt. Junior Grade David Matheny of the U.S. Navy, said they were treated well in North Viet Nam prisons. They would not answer question about whether their captors had attempted brainwashing or about whether they would return to duty in Viet Nam.
Lieutenant Matheny replied."These things will be covered in a press conference we will have later." He also added: "It's wonderful to be home. I am proud to be an American. I am proud to be a naval officer and an aviator."
All three pilots were immediately flown to military hospitals near their homes for examination. Earlier a U.S. Defence Department spokesman was asked why the pilots were being taken to hospitals when they appeared so healthy. His answer: "that's why they're going to hospitals...to ascertain whether they need medical care."