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Hanoi Taxi

Operation HomecomingCreated by: PICRYLDated: 1973
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
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.
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COL. Lynn is greeted by the Gia Lam Airport returnee delegation upon his release from a prisoner of war camp

COL. Lynn is greeted by the Gia Lam Airport returnee delegation upon h...

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

U.S. SGT. Felix Neco-Quinones, right, upon his release from the prisoner of war camp

U.S. SGT. Felix Neco-Quinones, right, upon his release from the prison...

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

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

Mr. James Rollins, a recently released prisoner of war, enjoys a cake ...

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

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

CDR Ross Terry looks at shoes at the base exchange shortly after being...

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

A returnee from a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp is debriefed upon hi...

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

A view of the welcome home sign prepared to greet recently released fr...

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

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

A returnee shows his happiness as he prepares to board a bus at Clark ...

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

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

Captain William W. Butler, a recently released prisoner of war, greets...

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

LT. CMDR. Michael Cronin listens to a stereo tape shortly after being ...

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

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

MAJ. Norman A. McDaniel is greeted by the Gia Lam Airport returnee del...

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

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

CPT James D. Cutter, recently released from a prisoner of war camp, de...

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

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

LT. COL. Lewis W. Shattuck is greeted by the Gia Lam Airport returnee ...

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 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

A returnee looks through the window aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft...

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

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

Major David E. Ford, a recently released prisoner of war, greets his w...

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

A returnee from a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp catches up on events...

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

Captain Larry Chesley, a recently released prisoner of war, undergoes ...

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

A recently released from a prisoner of war departs Clark Air Base en r...

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

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

CAPT. John Parsels is greeted by the Gia Lam Airport returnee delegati...

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

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

LT. Charles D. Rice enjoys a cigar after his release from a prisoner o...

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

LT. COL. Alan L. Brunstrom, a recently released prisoner of war, greet...

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

A view of the crowd gathered to welcome recently released prisoners of...

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

LT. CMDR. Edward d. Estes, a recently released prisoner of war, greets...

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

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

From right to left: COL Heard, SPC 6 Bell and COL J.P. Dennett, part o...

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 C-141 Starlifter aircraft carrying recently released from a prison...

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

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

A returnee waves from a hospital bus at Clark Air Base shortly after b...

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

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

LT. COL. Robert L. Stirm, a recently released prisoner of war, greets ...

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

U.S. Air Force CAPT. David Baker is carried by Viet Cong to a waiting helicopter upon his release

U.S. Air Force CAPT. David Baker is carried by Viet Cong to a waiting ...

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

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

LT. COL. McKnight, a released prisoner of war, talks with his family u...

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

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

CAPT. Laurel Lingyel waves to the crowd gathered to welcome him to Cla...

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

A view of the crowd gathered to welcome recently released prisoner of ...

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. 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

CAPT. Carl Chambers is welcomed to Clark Air Base upon his arrival abo...

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

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

CAPT. James D. Kula is greeted by the Gia Lam Airport returnee delegat...

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

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

UH-1 Iroquois helicopters depart to pick up prisoners of war held at L...

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

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

SFC Carrol Flora and Cordine McMurray talk during the evacuation to Cl...

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

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

Phillip Manhard reads a Stars and Stripes newspaper after his recent r...

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

Viet Cong prisoners of war line up to board trucks upon their release

Viet Cong prisoners of war line up to board trucks upon their release

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

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

A recently released prisoner of war talks with his family upon his arr...

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

Viet Cong prisoners of war are gathered together in a group prior to their release

Viet Cong prisoners of war are gathered together in a group prior to t...

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

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

Bernard Diehl, a German civilian, aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft a...

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

CHIEF Warrant Officer 2 Roger Miller talks to his companions during th...

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

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

A C-141 Starlifter aircraft crew greets COL Jackolick, recently releas...

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

A view of the four-party joint military conference held prior to the r...

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

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

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

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

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

Major Hubert K. Flesher, a recently released prisoner of war, has his ...

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

A returnee receives a physical examination at the hospital shortly aft...

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 Viet Cong officer smokes a cigarette

A Viet Cong officer smokes a cigarette

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

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

STAFF SGT. Robert Chenowith looks at a Playboy magazine after his rece...

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

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

TECH. SGT. James Cook, a recently released prisoner of war, waves from...

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

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

An unidentified U.S. Air Force Colonel, part of the prisoner of war re...

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

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

CPT Frederic Flom looks at civilian clothing at the base exchange shor...

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

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

MAJ. Wesley Schierman, a recently released prisoner of war, goes throu...

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

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

Recently released U.S. prisoner of war Knutson is greeted by the Gia L...

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

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

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

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

STAFF Sergeant Roy Madden, a recently released prisoner of war, recupe...

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

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

MAJ. Edward W. Leonard, a recently released prisoner of war, greets me...

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

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

LT. Wayne Gordermute is welcomed to Clark Air Base upon his arrival ab...

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

Returned POW U.S. Air Force MAJ Wesley Duane Schierman (Captured 28 Aug 65) talks with Navy artist, Mr. Benton, in his hospital room. MAJ Schierman was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73 in Hanoi

Returned POW U.S. Air Force MAJ Wesley Duane Schierman (Captured 28 Au...

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 Eddie P. Boaz Release S... 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

Former POW and U.S.Navy LCMDR William Michael Tschudy (Captured 18 Jul...

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. Air Force COL Robinson Risner, (Captured 16 Sep 65) and U.S. Marine LCOL John H. Dunn (Captured 7 Dec 65) answer questions at a press conference. COL Risner and LCOL Dunn was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL Robinson Risner, (Captured 16 Sep 65...

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

A returned POW steps off the bus and waves to the crowd as he walks to 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

A returned POW steps off the bus and waves to the crowd as he walks to...

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 CPT Darrel Edwin Pyle is greeted by MGEN John Gonge, Commander 22nd Air Force and BGEN Ralph Saunders after his arrival from Clark Air Base, Philippines. CPT Pyle was captured on 13 Jun 66 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force CPT Darrel Edwin Pyle is greeted by MGEN...

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 George Robert Hall salutes and is welcomed to the states by MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and BGEN Ralph Saunders upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter. LCOL Hall was captured by the North Vietnamese on 27 Sep 65 and was released in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force LCOL George Robert Hall salutes and is w...

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 TSGT Arthur Neil Black, (Captured 20 Sep 65)) salutes MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base. TSGT Black was in the second group released by the North Vietnamese on Feb 12, 1973 in Hanoi

Released Prisoner of War, U.S. Air Force TSGT Arthur Neil Black, (Capt...

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) at microphones talks to press and public who were there to greet the returning POWs. On left GEN Robbins, HQ Military Airlift Command, listens. Flanking COL Byrne are unidentified former POW (left) and U.S. Air Force CPT Thomas Joseph Barrett (Captured 5 Oct 65). COL Byrne and CPT Barrett were released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S.Air Force COL Ronald E. Byrne Jr. (Captured 29 Aug ...

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. Air Force MAJ Donald Lester Heiliger talks with a lady in the lounge. MAJ Heiliger was captured on 15 May 67 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 18 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Donald Lester Heiliger talks with a ...

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. LCOL George Grigsby McKnight at the microphone, thanks the crowd and press upon arriving on a flight from Clark Air Base. LCOL McKnight was captured on 6 Nov 65 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. LCOL George Grigsby McKnight at the microphone, th...

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 Lewis Wiley Shattuck (Captured 11 Jul 66) salutes the American Flag upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. In the background MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James await the next returnee to deplane. LCOL Shattuck was in the first group of POWs released on 12 Feb 73 by the North Vietnamese government in Hanoi

Former POW and U.S. Air Force LCOL Lewis Wiley Shattuck (Captured 11 J...

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

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

Viet Cong POWs, one with a Viet Cong flag, stand and sit at the exchan...

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

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

As MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James looks on, former POW and U.S. Air Force...

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) and co-chair of the Operation Homecoming debriefing, in a Military Assistance Command-Vietnam (MACV) conference room at Tan Son Nhut Airbase

BGEN Stan McClellan, U.S. Army, CHIEF of STAFF Military Assistance Com...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Saigon Country: South Vietnam Scene Camera Operator: SGT Paul D. Boyer, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital... more

Overrall view as BGEN Stan McClellan, CHIEF of STAFF Military Assistance Command-Vietnam (MACV), U.S. Army, 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

Overrall view as BGEN Stan McClellan, CHIEF of STAFF Military Assistan...

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

Former POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Richard Eugene Bolstad (Captured 6 Nov 65) at the microphone salutes the people who came to greet his return. GEN Paul Carlton, Commander, Military Airlift Command stands to the left and the Honor Guard to the right. MAJ Bolstad and LCOL Doughty were released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Richard Eugene Bolstad (Captured 6 N...

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. Navy CPT Harry Tarleton Jenkins waves as he deplanes on his arrival. CPT Jenkins was captured on 13 Nov 65 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Navy CPT Harry Tarleton Jenkins waves as he deplan...

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

Returned POW U.S. Navy LCMDR Everett Alvarez (Captured 5 Aug 64) looks at a letter in his room at the base hospital. LCMDR Alvarez was held longer by the North Vietnamese than any other American POW. He was released on 12 Feb 73 in Hanoi

Returned POW U.S. Navy LCMDR Everett Alvarez (Captured 5 Aug 64) looks...

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 Eddie P. Boaz Release S... more

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL Fred Vann Cherry (Captured 22 Oct 65) waves to the public and press there to greet the plane load of former POWs flown in from Clark Air Base. COL Cherry was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL Fred Vann Cherry (Captured 22 Oct 65...

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 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

Former POW and U.S. Air Force LCOL James Quincy Collins Jr. talks with...

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

Former POW and U.S. Air Force LCOL Alan Leslie Brunstrom with his wife...

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

LCOL Daniel James Doughty (Captured 2 Apr 67) at the microphones talks to people who came out to greet the returning POWs on their nighttime arrival at Scott. LCOL Doughty was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

LCOL Daniel James Doughty (Captured 2 Apr 67) at the microphones talks...

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. 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

Former POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Robert D. Peel (Captured 6 Nov 65) a...

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. 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

Former POW and U.S. Air Force SMSGT Arthur Cormier (Captured 6 Nov 65)...

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

On board a Military Airlift Command's Starlifter, former Prisoners of War, U.S. Navy LT CMDR Edward Anthony Davis, (Captured 26 Aug 65) and LT CMDR Larry Howard Spencer, (Captured 18 Feb 66) after departing Clark Air Base, Philippines. LT CMDR Davis holds the puppy, MACO, that was given to him, by a North Vietnamese guard, prior to his release in the second group on February 12, 1973. LT CMRD Spencer was released with the third group of POWs from Hanoi on February 12, 1973

On board a Military Airlift Command's Starlifter, former Prisoners of ...

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. Air Force CPT Larry James Chesley is greeted by 22nd Air Force Vice Commander, BGEN William Deitrich and BGEN Ralph Saunders upon arriving on a flight from Clark Air Base. CPT Chesley was captured on 6 Nov 65 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force CPT Larry James Chesley is greeted by 22...

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. Navy LT waves to the crowd of well wishers prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. Standing to the right is 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hospital and COL Raymond G. Lawry, Deputy Site Commander, Joint Homecoming Reception Center

Ex-POW and unidentified U.S. Navy LT waves to the crowd of well wisher...

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

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COLRobinson Risner, (Captured 16 Sep 65) answer questions at a press conference, in the background a Homecoming status board. COL Risner was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COLRobinson Risner, (Captured 16 Sep 65)...

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

Former Prisoner of War, U.S. Navy LT CMDR Edward Anthony Davis, (CAptured 26 Aug 65) carrying his puppy, MACO, talks to the press prior to his departure for the states. The puppy was given toim by a North Vietnamese guard prior to his release in the second group of POWS from Hanoi on February 12, 1973

Former Prisoner of War, U.S. Navy LT CMDR Edward Anthony Davis, (CAptu...

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 Eddie P. Boaz Release S... more

Former POW and U.S.Air Force MAJ Norman Alexander McDaniel (Captured 20 Jul 66) express delight at the reception he received from the public and the press on his arrival from Clark Air Base. MAJ McDaniel was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S.Air Force MAJ Norman Alexander McDaniel (Captured 2...

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 Everett Alvarez (Captured 5 Aug 64) talks at the microphones to the public and press there to greet the plane load of former POWs flown in from Clark Air Base. LCMDR Alvarez was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Navy LCMDR Everett Alvarez (Captured 5 Aug 64) tal...

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, (Captured 16 Sep 65) answer questions at a press conference. COL Risner was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL Robinson Risner, (Captured 16 Sep 65...

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

Former POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Wesley Duane Schierman (Captured 28 Aug 65) hugs his wife, as son and daughter waits, on his arrival. In background MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and BGEN Ralph Saunders greet another returning ex-POW. MAJ Schierman was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Wesley Duane Schierman (Captured 28 ...

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 Hubert Kelly Flesher kisses his wife at the ramp of the C-141 Starlifter, that transported him and fellow POWs from Clark AB, Philippines. MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander, 22nd AF looks on. MAJ Flesher was captured on 2 Dec 66 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 18 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Hubert Kelly Flesher kisses his wife...

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, waves and thanks the crowd and press prior to boarding the waiting C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the states. Standing behind COL Risner is LGEN William G. Moore, Commander 13th Air Force. COL Risner was captured on 16 Sep 65 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL Robinson Risner, at the microphone, ...

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 Richard P. Keirn (Captured 24 Jul 65) shakes hands with COL Raymond G. Lawry, Deputy Site Commander, Joint Homecoming Reception Center prior to boarding the plane that will return him to the United States

Former POW and U.S. Air Force LCOL Richard P. Keirn (Captured 24 Jul 6...

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 SSGT Roy Madden Jr. has a blood sample taken by a medical technician 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 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force SSGT Roy Madden Jr. has a blood sample t...

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 poster banner, Welcoming Home the ex-POWZs, created by local children on the wall in the Grant Medical Center

A poster banner, Welcoming Home the ex-POWZs, created by local childre...

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

In the Clark AB hospital, released Prisoner of War, U.S. Navy CMDR John Bryan McKamey (Captured 2 June 65) and his escort officer, LT CMDR Gary Stieger share a laugh during the packing of CMDR McKamey's suitcase. CMDR McKamey was in the first group of POWs released by North Vietnam at Hanoi on February 12, 1973

In the Clark AB hospital, released Prisoner of War, U.S. Navy CMDR Joh...

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

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL Robinson Risner, at the microphone, ...

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. Army SSG Bobby Louis Johnson (Captured 25 Aug 68), is greeted by MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and BGEN William Deitrich, Vice Commander, 22nd AF upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. SSG Johnson was in the group of POWs captured in South Vietnam and released on 12 Feb 73 by the Viet Cong at Loc Ninh, South Vietnam

Former POW and U.S. Army SSG Bobby Louis Johnson (Captured 25 Aug 68),...

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

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

Unidentified former POW/U.S. Air Force Captain blows a kiss to the pub...

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

Returned POWs U.S. Navy CPT Jeremiah Andrew Denton (on left), (Captured 18 Jul 65) and Navy CPT James Alfred Mulligan, (Captured 20 Mar 66) as they board the C-141 Starlifter for the trip from Clark AB to sthe states. Both Denton and Mulligan were released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73 in Hanoi

Returned POWs U.S. Navy CPT Jeremiah Andrew Denton (on left), (Capture...

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 Eddie P. Boaz Release S... more

LGEN William G. Moore, Commander, 13th Air Force, on left, watches as COL John W. Ord, Commander of Clark AB hospital shakes the hand of a former POW as he walks the red carpet to the aircraft that will return him to the states

LGEN William G. Moore, Commander, 13th Air Force, on left, watches as ...

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