Three United States Army sergeants held captive by the Viet Cong for several years in Viet Nam, arrived back in the United States Monday night (Nov. 13) at Kennedy airport in New York City.
Three United States Army sergeants held captive by the Viet Cong for several years in Viet Nam, arrived back in the United States Monday night (Nov. 13) at Kennedy airport in New York City. The trio, staff Sergeant Daniel Lee Pitzer, Staff Sergeant James Allen Jackson, and staff Sergeant Edward Johnson were released Saturday (11 November) in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Phen at the headquarters of the National Liberation Front, the political arm of the Viet Cong.
Sergeant Johnson, who is suffering from dysentery, was carried off the airliner from a rear door and taken by truck to a waiting U.S. Air Force plane for the flight to Washington, and treatment at Walter Reed Army hospital. Sergeants Pitzer and Jackson were flown to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where they were to be re-united with their families Tuesday (14 November) and then given complete medical examinations.
The trio was accompanied all the way from Cambodia by Thomas E. Hayden, a member of an American anti-war committee, formed to aid in the release of the three men.
The men had very few words for newsmen as they left the plane, saying simply that they were glad to be home. They did not answer any questions about how they were treated during their more than three years of captivity.