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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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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

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 MAJ William H. Hardy talks with escort officers and other POWs in the passenger lounge after his arrival from Clark Air Base, Philippines. MAJ Hardy was captured on 29 Jun 67 in by the South Vietnan and 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

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

Viet Cong POWs, with caps and towels to protect from the sun, 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. 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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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 Grigsby McKnight has his teeth checked by a dentist at the Grant Medical Center. LCOL McKnight was captured on 6 Nov 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 CPT Lynn E. Guenther is x-rayed by a technician in the Grant Medical Center. CPT Guenther was captured on 26 Dec 71 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 CPT James Bond Stockdale (Captured 9 Sep 65) at the microphones, talks to the crowd of well wishers upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. CPT Stockdale was in the first group of POWs released on 12 Feb 73 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 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

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 ForceMAJ Robert Norland Daughtrey in the passenger lounge after his arrival from Clark Air Base, Philippines. MAJ Daughtrey was captured on 2 Aug 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 TSGT Arthur Neil Black (Captured 20 Sep 65) waves to the crowd of well wishers upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. TSGT Black was in the first group of POWs released on 12 Feb 73 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

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

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. Navy CPT Jeremiah Andrew Denton (Captured 18 Jul 65) stands behind microphones on the flight line and faces a phalanx of well wisher and media on his arrival. CPT Denton was in the first 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 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

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

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

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 MAJ Raymond Cecil Schrump talks with BGEN William Deitrich, Vice Commander 22nd Air Force in the passenger lounge after his arrival from Clark Air Base, Philippines. MAJ Schrump was captured on 23 May 68 in South Vietnam and 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

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

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 Albert Edward Runyan walks from the C-141 Starlifter to the waiting microphones. COL Runyan was captured on 29 Apr 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: Naval Air Station, Alameda State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Oper... more

Former POW and U.S. Navy LCMDR Frederick R. Purrington talks on the phone 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

Former POW and U.S. Air Force CPT Kevin Joseph McManus talks to the press after his arrival from Clark Air Base, Philippines. CPT McManus was captured on 14 Jun 67 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 James G. Pirie answer questions from the press after arriving, via C-141 Starlifter, with fellow POWs from Clark AB, Philippines. CMDR Pirie was captured on 22 Jun 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

Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander, at the flight line microphones, welcomes former Prisoner of War, U.S. Navy CPT James Bond Stockdale to Travis. CPT Stockdale was captured by the North Vietnameses on 9 Sep 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. 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

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 Alan Leslie Brunstrom. 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 CPT Darrel Edwin Pyle talks with escort officers and other POWs in the passenger lounge after his arrival from Clark Air Base, Philippines. CPT Pyle was captured on 13 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: 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 James Richard Shively answer questions from the press after arriving, via C-141 Starlifter, with fellow POWs from Clark AB, Philippines. CPT Shively was captured on 5 May 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 Bradley Edsel Smith waves to the crowd of well wishers upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. LCMDR Smith was captured by the North Vietnamese on 25 Mar 66 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 CPT Edward John Mechenbier is greeted by the crowd of well wishers after his arrival from Clark Air Base, Philippines. CPT Mechenbier was captured on 14 Jun 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. Air Force MAJ James Robert Berger walks away from the C-141 Starlifter, that transported him and fellow POWs from Clark AB, Philippines. MAJ Berger was captured on 2 Dec 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

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

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. 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

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 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

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 COL Raymond James Merritt at the microphone, thanks the crowd and press upon arriving on a flight from Clark Air Base. COL Merritt 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

A line of returned POWs from Viet Cong and North Vietnamese prisons walk from buses to the waiting C-141 Starlifter for the trip to the states. After their release they were flown to Clark AB hospital for medical checkups

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

U.S. Marine MAJ Hansen, a Public Affairs Officer describes the flight to Travis, at the microphone after the arrival of the C-141 Starlifter carrying ex-POWs from Clark Air Base, Philippines

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 CWO-2 James Hardy Hestand talks with escorts and other POWs in the passenger lounge after his arrival from Clark Air Base, Philippines. CWO-2 Hestand was captured on 17 Mar 71 in Cambodia and 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

Former POW and U.S. Navy LCMDR Joseph Charles Plumb Jr. talks on the phone in the lounge. LCMDR Plumb was captured on 19 May 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. Air Force CPT Darrel Edwin Pyle, wife Karen, son and an escort look over the giant C-5 Galaxy aircraft on the flight line. CPT Pyle was captured on 13 Jun 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 LCOL George Grigsby McKnight is greeted by a loved one on the ramp. LCOL McKnight was captured on 6 Nov 65 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. Navy CPT Harry Tarleton Jenkins Jr. salutes the colors as he walks, accompanied by an unidentified Naval officer, from the C-141 Starlifter to the waiting microphones. CPT Jenkins was captured on 13 Nov 65 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 MSGT William Andrew Robinson (Captured 20 Sep 65) salutes the colors upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. MSGT Robinson was in the first group of POWs released on 12 Feb 73 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 LMDR 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 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

In the Clark AB hospital, released Prisoner of War, U.S. Navy LT CMDR Ralph Ellis Gaither, (Captured 17 Oct 65) on the phone with his loved ones in the states. LT CMDR Gaither 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. 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

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 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

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

A former POW shakes hands with COL Raymond G. Lawry, Deputy Site Commander, Joint Homecoming Reception Center, waiting is COL John W. Ord, Clark Hospital Commander and LGEN William G. Moore, Commander 13th Air Force is on far left. The POW is flying to the states after a medical checkup at Clark

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. Marine LCOL Edison Wainright Miller (Captured 13 Oct 67) is greeted by MGEN John Gonge, Commander 22nd Air Force and BGEN William Deitrich, 22nd AF Vice CO on his arrival from Clark Air Base. LCOL Miller was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on12 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 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

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 LMDR John Heilig (Captured 5 May 66)waves to the public and press there to greet the plane load of former POWs flown in from Clark Air Base. LCMDR Helig 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

The Viet Cong delegation at the Four Party Joint Military conference. The conference held at Tan Son Nhut Airbase will finalize details on the release of prisoners of wars held by the four parties

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

The North Vietnamese delegates attending the Four Joint Military conference. The conference held at Tan Son Nhut Airbase will finalize details on the release of prisoners of wars held by the four parties

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

The U.S. military delegates at the Four Party Joint Military conference. MGEN Woodward (center) heads the delegation. The conference held at Tan Son Nhut Airbase will finalize details on the release of prisoners of wars held by the four parties

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

Viet Cong soldiers carry a litter with injured American POW, CPT David Earle Baker, (Captured 27 June 72) from the hospital tent to the release point. American and South Vietnamese prisoners were exchanged for Viet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese (NVA) prisoners

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

Ex-POW U.S. Army CWO-2 James Hardy Hestand (Captured 17 Mar 71), (Center of photo) listens as member of U.S. military talks to him after his release 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

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

Surrounded by Viet Cong medical personnel, injured American POW, CPT David Earle Baker, (Captured 27 June 72) sits in the hospital tent prior to being turned over the American authorities. CPT Baker was one of the 27 American POWs released during the exchange of POWs by the Four Power Joint Military Commission

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

The location, with tents and helicopters parked, where the exchange of American and South Vietnamese prisoners for Viet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese (NVA) prisoners took place

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 stand in formation, two of their members carry the Viet Cong flag, after being flown in from Bien Hoa. 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

Ex-POW is greeted upon arriving by LGEN William G. Moore Jr., Commander 13th Air Force. On right, Admiral Noel Gaylor, Commander Pacific Command greets another returnee

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

View from inside the C-141 as two Ex-POWs are greeted upon arriving, after the flight from Hanoi, North Vietnam, by (Left to Right) LGEN William G. Moore Jr., Commander 13th Air Force and Admiral Noel Gaylor, Commander Pacific Command

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

On a barren field near Loc Ninh South Vietnamese prisoners of war are lined up in formation by their captors prior to their release by the Viet Cong to the representatives of their government

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Loc Ninh Country: South Vietnam Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Herman Kokojan Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital P... more