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Hanoi Taxi

On January 27, 1973, Unites States agreed to a ceasefire with North Vietnam allowing withdrawal of American military forces from South Vietnam. The agreement also included the release of about 600 American prisoners of war.

On Feb. 12, 1973, three C-141 flew to Hanoi, North Vietnam, and one C-9A aircraft was sent to Saigon, South Vietnam to pick up released prisoners of war. The first flight of 40 U.S. prisoners of war left Hanoi in a C-141A, later known as the "Hanoi Taxi". From February 12 to April 4, there were 54 C-141 missions flying out of Hanoi, bringing the former POWs home, the total number of returned was 591.

The return of the nearly 600 POWs increased the polarization of public and media. A majority of the POWs returned in Operation Homecoming were bomber pilots shot down while carrying out the campaign waged against civilian targets located in Vietnam and Laos. Many viewed the freed POWs as heroes, while others were questioning if treating these men as heroes served to distort and obscure the truth about the war. Some felt these men deserved to be treated as war criminals or left in the North Vietnamese prison camps.

Many worried that Homecoming hid the fact that people were still fighting and dying on the battlefields of Vietnam and caused the public to forget about the over 50,000 American lives the war had already cost. Veterans of the war had similar thoughts concerning Operation Homecoming with many stating that the ceasefire and returning of prisoners brought zero sense of an ending or closure.

Operation Homecoming has been largely forgotten by the American public.
Ex-POW U.S. Army SGG Bobby Louis Johnson (Captured 25 Aug 68), talks with a Viet Cong official after his released by the Viet Cong to the American Military. He is one of the twenty eight American POWs released by Viet Cong on February 12, 1973
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COL. Lynn is greeted by the Gia Lam Airport returnee delegation upon his release from a prisoner of war camp

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hanoi Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

CAPT. John Parsels is greeted by the Gia Lam Airport returnee delegation upon his release from a prisoner of war camp

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hanoi Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

MAJ. Edward W. Leonard, a recently released prisoner of war, greets members of his family upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... more

STAFF SGT. Robert Chenowith looks at a Playboy magazine after his recent release from a prisoner of war camp

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hanoi Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Wright Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

MAJ. Wesley Schierman, a recently released prisoner of war, goes through the cafeteria line upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... more

SFC Carrol Flora and Cordine McMurray talk during the evacuation to Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft after their recent release from a prisoner of war camp

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Wright Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

LT. COL. Alan L. Brunstrom, a recently released prisoner of war, greets his family upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... more

A returnee looks through the window aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. The aircraft is being used to evacuate prisoners of war to Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A view of the four-party joint military conference held prior to the release of prisoners of war held at Loc Ninh

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Tan Son Shut Airport, Saigon Country: Republic Of Vietnam (RVN) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Milita... more

UH-1 Iroquois helicopters depart to pick up prisoners of war held at Loc Ninh

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Tan Son Shut Airport, Saigon Country: Republic Of Vietnam (RVN) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Milita... more

CAPT. Carl Chambers is welcomed to Clark Air Base upon his arrival aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. CAPT. Chambers was recently released from a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: Chambers Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A returnee waves from a hospital bus at Clark Air Base shortly after being released from a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: Wright Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

CPT James D. Cutter, recently released from a prisoner of war camp, departs Clark Air Base en route to Travis Air Force Base, California

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: Wright Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

From right to left: COL Heard, SPC 6 Bell and COL J.P. Dennett, part of the Gia Lam Airport returnee delegation, as they discuss release of the American prisoners of war

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hanoi Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A view of the crowd gathered to welcome recently released prisoner of war home from Vietnam

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to ... more

Bernard Diehl, a German civilian, aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft after his recent release from a prisoner of war camp

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hanoi Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

CHIEF Warrant Officer 2 Roger Miller talks to his companions during the evacuation to Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. CW02 Miller has recently been released from a prisoner of war camp

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Wright Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

LT. COL. Robert L. Stirm, a recently released prisoner of war, greets his family upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... more

CPT Frederic Flom looks at civilian clothing at the base exchange shortly after being released from a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: Wright Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Servic... more

LT. CMDR. Michael Cronin listens to a stereo tape shortly after being released from a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Servi... more

A returnee from a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp catches up on events upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... more

MAJ. Norman A. McDaniel is greeted by the Gia Lam Airport returnee delegation upon his release from a prisoner of war camp

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hanoi Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

CAPT. James D. Kula is greeted by the Gia Lam Airport returnee delegation upon his release from a prisoner of war camp

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hanoi Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Wright Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A recently released prisoner of war talks with his family upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to ... more

LT. Charles D. Rice enjoys a cigar after his release from a prisoner of war camp

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hanoi Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Wright Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Phillip Manhard reads a Stars and Stripes newspaper after his recent release from a prisoner of war camp

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hanoi Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Wright Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

LT. Wayne Gordermute is welcomed to Clark Air Base upon his arrival aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. LT. Gordermute was recently released from a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: Chambers Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Recently released U.S. prisoner of war Knutson is greeted by the Gia Lam Airport returnee delegation

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hanoi Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A view of the welcome home sign prepared to greet recently released from a prisoner of war home from Vietnam

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Wright Release Status: Released to P... more

TECH. SGT. James Cook, a recently released prisoner of war, waves from his stretcher as he is carried away from the C-141 Starlifter aircraft that was used to evacuate him from Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to ... more

Americans are briefed prior to their release from a prisoner of war camp

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Loc Ninh Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Exterior view of the prisoner of war camp ("Hanoi Hilton")

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hanoi Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The C-141 Starlifter aircraft carrying recently released from a prisoner of war arrives at Travis Air Base

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Wright Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Servi... more

LT. COL. McKnight, a released prisoner of war, talks with his family upon arrival at Travis Air Force Base

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... more

A view of the crowd gathered to welcome recently released prisoners of war home from Vietnam

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to ... more

CAPT. Laurel Lingyel waves to the crowd gathered to welcome him to Clark Air Base upon his arrival aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. CAPT. Lingyel was recently released from a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: Chambers Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

LT. COL. Lewis W. Shattuck is greeted by the Gia Lam Airport returnee delegation upon his release from a prisoner of war camp

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hanoi Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Wright Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A returnee from a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp is debriefed upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... more

An unidentified U.S. Air Force Colonel, part of the prisoner of war returnee delegation, shakes hands with Vietnam officers as a crowd of news media and spectators look on

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hanoi Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Major Hubert K. Flesher, a recently released prisoner of war, has his blood pressure taken upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to ... more

A C-141 Starlifter aircraft crew greets COL Jackolick, recently released prisoner of war. COL Jackolick will board the aircraft for evacuation to Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hanoi Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Major David E. Ford, a recently released prisoner of war, greets his wife upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to ... more

Captain Larry Chesley, a recently released prisoner of war, undergoes a physical examination upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to ... more

Mr. James Rollins, a recently released prisoner of war, enjoys a cake celebrating his arrival at Travis Air Force Base

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... more

STAFF Sergeant Roy Madden, a recently released prisoner of war, recuperates at the Travis medical facility

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to ... more

LT. CMDR. Edward d. Estes, a recently released prisoner of war, greets his family upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... more

Captain William W. Butler, a recently released prisoner of war, greets a member of his family upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to ... more

CDR Ross Terry looks at shoes at the base exchange shortly after being released from a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: Wright Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Servic... more

A returnee receives a physical examination at the hospital shortly after being released from a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Servi... more

A recently released from a prisoner of war departs Clark Air Base en route to Travis Air Force Base, California

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: Wright Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A returnee shows his happiness as he prepares to board a bus at Clark Air Base shortly after being released from a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: Wright Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Viet Cong POWs, one with a Viet Cong flag, stand and sit at the exchange location. They were flown in on USAF C-130 aircraft from Bien Hoa Air Base. They will be exchanged for American and South Vietnamese POWs held by the Viet Cong forces

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Loc Ninh Country: South Vietnam Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Herman Kokojan Release Status: Released to Publ... more

Former POW and U.S. Army MAJ Albert E. Carlson waves to the crowd of well wishers upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. MAJ Carlson was captured by the Viet Cong on 7 Apr 72 and was released at Loc Ninh on 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

BGEN Stan McClellan, U.S. Army, CHIEF of STAFF, Military Assistance Command-Vietnam (MACV), conducts a press conference, to discuss the details of release of the prisoners of war, for members of the civilian press in a Military Assistance Command-Vietnam (MACV) briefing room at Tan Son Nhut Airbase

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Saigon Country: South Vietnam Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Urias Release Status: Released to Public Combined... more

In the Clark AB hospital, released Prisoner of War, U.S. Navy CMDR John Bryan McKamey (Captured 2 June 65) packs his suitcase for the trip back to the United States. CMDR McKamey was in the first group of POWs released by North Vietnam at Hanoi on February 12, 1973

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Larry Wright Release St... more

Former POW and U.S. Army SP4 Richard Springman (Captured 25 May 70) walks off the flight line with his escort after arriving from Clark Air Base. SP-4 Springman was released by the Viet Cong at Loc Ninh on 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

As MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James looks on, former POW and U.S. Air Force 1ST LT William Youl Arcorui (Captured 22 Dec 72) greets his wife after his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base. LT Arcorui was in the first group of POWs released by the North Vietnamese government in Hanoi

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

Former POW and U.S.Navy LCMDR William Michael Tschudy (Captured 18 Jul 65) at the microphone talks to the people who came to greet his return. MGEN Cole, Military Airlift Command staff stands to the left. LCMDR Tschudy was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Scott Air Force Base State: Illinois (IL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SG... more

Former POW and U.S. Navy LCMDR Frederick R. Purrington with Navy officer in the lounge. LCMDR Purrington was captured on 20 Oct 66 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 18 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

Released Prisoner of War, U.S. Air Force Major Kile Dag Berg, (Captured 27 Jul 65)) salutes MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base. MAJ Berg was in the second group released by the North Vietnamese on Feb 12, 1973 in Hanoi

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

Former POW and U.S.Air Force COL Ronald E. Byrne Jr. (Captured 29 Aug 65) walks down the ramp of the C-141 Starlifter to be greeted by GEN Robbins, HQ Military Airlift Command. COL Byrne was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Scott Air Force Base State: Illinois (IL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SG... more

Former POW and U.S. Navy LCMDR Wendell Reed Alcorn shakes hands with BGEN William Dietrich, Vice Commander, 22nd Air Force upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. LCMDR Alcorn was captured by the North Vietnamese on 22 Dec 65 and was released in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

Former POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Joseph S. Abbott Jr. talks to an Army officer in the lounge. MAJ Abbott was captured on 20 Apr 67 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 18 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

Former POW and U.S. Navy LCMDR Porter Alex Halyburton talks on the phone in the passenger lounge after his arrival from Clark Air Base, Philippines. LCMDR Halyburton was captured on 17 Oct 65 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

Former POW and U.S. Air Force SSGT Roy Madden Jr. in his hospital bed at the Grant Medical Center. SSGT Madden was captured on 22 Dec 72 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

Former POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Robert D. Peel (Captured 6 Nov 65) at the microphone talks to the people who came to greet his return. MGEN Cole, Military Airlift Command staff stands to the left. MAJ Peel was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Scott Air Force Base State: Illinois (IL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SG... more

Released Prisoner of War, U.S.Air Force LT COL Lewis Wiley Shattuck, (Captured 11 Jul 66) salutes MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base. LT COL Shattuck was in the third group released by the North Vietnamese on Feb 12, 1973 in Hanoi

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

Former POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Wesley Duane Schierman (Captured 28 Aug 65) walks with his wife, son and daughter across the ramp after arriving from Clark Air Base. MAJ Schierman was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

A returned POW steps off the bus and salutes the flag before boarding the waiting C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the states. Returned POWs from Hanoi and Loc Ninh were flown to Clark for medical checkups prior to returning home

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: Sp-5 Logan L. Mcminn Release... more

C-9 Nightingale medical evacuation aircraft on the flight line at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. The aircraft will be used to fly the American prisoners of war released by the Viet Cong at Loc Ninh, South Vietnam to Clark Air Base in the Philippines

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Saigon Country: South Vietnam Scene Camera Operator: SGT Urias Release Status: Released to Public Combined ... more

Viet Cong POWs sit on the ramp at Tan Son Nhut Air Base under the watchful eyes of South Vietnamese military police. The POWs will be airlifted to Loc Ninh, South Vietnam for the prisoner exchange between the United States/South Vietnam and North Vietnam/Viet Cong militaries

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Saigon Country: South Vietnam Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Herman Kokojan Release Status: Released to Public... more

Overall view of Operation Homecoming debriefing held at Military Assistance Command-Vietnam (MACV) on Tan Son Nhut Airbase. The meeting is co-chaired by BGEN McMull and BGEN Stan McClellan, CHIEF of STAFF, Military Assistance Command-Vietnam (MACV) both from U.S. Army

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Saigon Country: South Vietnam Scene Camera Operator: SGT Paul D. Boyer Release Status: Released to Public C... more

Former POWs line up to board the C-141 Starlifter transport for a flight to a base near their homes. They are given best wishes by (Left to Right) BGEN William Deitrich, Vice Commander, 22nd Air Force, BGEN Ralph Saunders and Commander 22nd Air Force, MGEN John Gonge

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

Released Prisoner of War, U.S. Navy LT CMDR Larry Howard Spencer, (Captured 18 Feb 66)) salutes MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base. LT CMDR Spencer was in the third group released by the North Vietnamese on Feb 12, 1973 in Hanoi

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

Former POW and U.S. Navy LT Kenneth H. Higdon is greeted by a loved one on the ramp. LT Higdon was captured on 21 Dec 72 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Naval Air Station, Alameda State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Oper... more

Former POW and U.S. Air Force LCOL Daniel James Doughty (Captured 2 Apr 67) walks to a waiting bus, pass the honor guard, after the nighttime arrival at Scott. LCOL Doughty was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Scott Air Force Base State: Illinois (IL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SS... more

Former POW and U.S. Air Force LCOL James Quincy Collins Jr. talks with escorts and other POWs in the passenger lounge after his arrival from Clark Air Base, Philippines. LCOL Collins was captured on 2 Sep 65 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

Former POW and U.S. Navy CMDR Raymond Arthur Vohden (Captured 3 Apr 65) uses his crutches to leave the flight line after his arrival from Clark Air Base, Philippines. CMDR Vohden was in the first group of POWs released by the North Vietnamese government in Hanoi

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

Former POW and U.S. Air Force LCOL Alan Leslie Brunstrom with his wife, Helen and daughter Kathy. LCOL Brunstrom was captured on 22 Apr 66 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

Former POW and U.S. Air Force TSGT James R. Cook salutes the colors from his stretcher as he is carried from the C-141 aircraft. TSGT Cook was captured on 21 Dec 72 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Naval Air Station, Alameda State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Oper... more

Former POW and U.S. Air Force SMSGT Arthur Cormier (Captured 6 Nov 65) is hugged at planeside by some fellow Pararescuemen who came out to greet the returning former POWs on their nighttime arrival at Scott. SMSGT Cormier was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Scott Air Force Base State: Illinois (IL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SG... more

Former POW and U.S.Navy LMDR Everett Alvarez (Captured 5 Aug 64) is lead to the microphones by MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander after his arrival from Clark Air Base. LCMDR Alvarez was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

(On right) Former POW, CPT John Owen Davies, U.S. Air Force, (Captured 4 Feb 67) shows his escort a camera that he bought before leaving Clark Air Base. CPT Davies was shot down on 4 Feb 67 and was released in Hanoi on 18 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Enroute To Tafb State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT ... more

Former POW and U.S. Navy CMDR Robert Harper Shumaker (Captured 11 Feb 65) shares a magazine with fellow ex-POW U.S. Navy LCMDR Phillip Neal Butler (Captured 20 Apr 65) in the hospital reading lounge. CMDR Shumaker and LCMDR Butler were released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Phillip Tarbell Release... more

An unidentified U.S. Air Force Major and former Prisoner of War walks the red carpet, past the honor guard, to the plane that will return him to the United States

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: Sp-5 Logan L. Mcminn Release... more

Former POW and U.S. Air Force LCOL Armand Jesse Myers looks through a book on Vietnam prisoners of war in the hospital lounge. LCOL Myers was captured on 1 Jun 66 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Rele... more

Unidentified former POW/U.S. Air Force Captain blows a kiss to the public and press there to greet the plane load of former POWs flown in from Clark Air Base

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

Former POW and U.S. Air Force CPT Lynn Guenther is greeted by BGEN Ralph Saunders and 22nd Air Force Vice Commander, BGEN William Deitrich upon arriving on a flight from Clark Air Base. CPT Guenther was captured on 26 Dec 71 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

Former POW and U.S.Air Force COL Robinson Risner, at the microphone, thanks the crowd and press upon arriving on a flight from Clark Air Base. COL Risner was captured on 16 Sep 65 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator:... more

Ex-POW and unidentified U.S. Air Force COL expresses his gratitude to the crowd of well wishers at the flight line microphones. In the background are LGEN William G. Moore Jr., and the Clark AB Honor Guard

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Rele... more