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Code-Name Bright Light: The Untold Story of U.S. POW Rescue Efforts During the Vietnam War

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Publisher Comments:

The history of the U.S. POW/MIA intelligence and wartime rescue operations has long remained concealed under the shroud of national security, unknown both to the public and to the families of the missing. George J. Veith has assembled an extensive range of previously unseen material, including recently declassified NSA intercepts, State Department cables, and wartime interrogation reports which reveal how the U.S. military conducted a centralized effort to identify, locate, and rescue its POW/MIAs.

Code-Name Bright Light also traces the development of the various national POW intelligence operations and provides an in-depth look at the activities of the Joint Personnel Recovery Center, a secretive and highly classified unit in South Vietnam responsible for rescuing captives. Further, it uncovers one of the most tightly held POW/MIA secrets, the primary reason why the government did not think any Americans were left behind: a clandestine communication program between the POWs and the U.S. military. This still-sensitive program provided the identities and locations of American prisoners, defeating North Vietnamese efforts to keep their names and locations secret.

The raids and efforts that make up the narrative of Code-Name Bright Light succeeded in freeing hundreds of South Vietnamese soldiers but resulted in the rescue of few Americans. The vast network of efforts, however, is a testament to the U.S. military's unknown commitment to freeing its captive soldiers. Veith concludes that the United States secretly went as far as any army could go in freeing captives in this type of wartime situation.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [403]-451) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780440226505
Subtitle:
The Untold Story of U.S. POW Rescue Efforts During the Vietnam War
Author:
Veith, George J.
Publisher:
Dell
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Southeast Asia
Subject:
Prisoners of war
Subject:
Prisoners of war -- Indochina.
Subject:
Vietnamese Conflict, 19
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
19981201
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
6.95 x 4.25 x 1 in .625 lb

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History and Social Science » Military » Korean War
History and Social Science » Military » Vietnam War

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