• Short Summary

    Sergeant John Sexton Jr., and American combat soldier freed by the Vietcong last week after more than two years in captivity, boarded a special military plane near Saigon on Tuesday (12 October), on his way home.

  • Description

    Sergeant John Sexton Jr., and American combat soldier freed by the Vietcong last week after more than two years in captivity, boarded a special military plane near Saigon on Tuesday (12 October), on his way home. He was strapped to a stretcher after spending four days in hospital.

    In return for his release in a Communist-controlled area north of Saigon last Friday, US and South Vietnamese authorities released a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war in the same general area on Monday (11 October).

    SYNOPSIS: Near Saigon last Tuesday, a special military aircraft collected an American Sergeant released last week by the Vietcong after spending 2 years a prisoner-of-war. John Sexton Jr. was released last Friday. In return, the US and South Vietnamese authorities released a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war on Monday. The men were released in the same Communist-controlled area north of Saigon.

    Sergeant John Sexton is on his way to the army hospital in Denver, Colorado.

    Sexton's release focused attention again on the number of American POW's in North Vietnam. Nearly fifteen hundred soldiers are still listed as missing, captured or interned. Since 1962, 24 Americans have been released from captivity. But an American spokesman said he did not know if this would lead to further releases.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAYHLYK9W5XH16YZKV9D0V0FA3
    Media URN:
    VLVAYHLYK9W5XH16YZKV9D0V0FA3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/10/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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