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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 12, 1999, Darmstadt, HesseSunday december 1.2,1999 stars and stripes sunday Page 3 american film foundation Scripps Howard news service it. Cmdr. John Mccain right salutes after being released from a pow Camp in Hanoi North Vietnam in february 1973. Forgiving their captors the scars Are Healing for Many Vietnam pos by Lisa Hoffman Scripps Howard news services any endured More than six years of Captivity with stretches in solitary for As Many As half. They sur Vived Savage beatings unspeakable torture starvation diets and the heartache of missing their children grow so More than a Quarter Century after their release fro the hell of the Hanoi Hilton and other infamous prison Campsie North and South Vietnam an extraordinary number of former . Prisoners of War Bear few lasting scars from their the contrary. Many such As Jack Fellowes of Annapolis my now View their years of physical and emotional pain As a life changing gift. While none say they want to relive the night Mare most say now they Are truly blessed to have undergone it what we Learned was much More than we lost said fellow is 66, a former Navy Pilot who spent 2,381 Days in North Viet namese prisons where his arms were permanently damaged bythe torture he suffered As the nation celebrates each veterans Day since most of the prisoners came Home in march1973, the spotlight fails again on the 771 american pos who for too Long were regarded by Many fared since in an analysis of her As the Only real heroes of that of their Brethren Arizona sen. John Mccain a prisoner for 5-l/2 years is running forthe Republican presidential return with Honor a powerful film documentary about the pos ordeal and How they not Only survived but soared has opened across the United states to critical applause. By All Mea sures the vast majority of the660 pos who made it Home have have managed not Only to put their lives Back together successfully but also to do so to a degree that provides a remarkable testament to the human spirit and resilience that these pos will Tell you reside deep within All of us ready to be tapped. Their adjustment to life i almost shocking wrote Linda Henman a St. Louis expert inhuman and organizational sys tems who recently spent a year their adjustment to life is almost shocking. Linda Henman human and organizational systems expert who recently spent a year studying former Vietnam War pos capt. Michael Ambrose who Heads an ongoing study of the physical and behavioural condition of the returned Viet Nam pos re an extraordinary group of Ordinary men said Ambrose director of the Navy s Mitchell Center for prisoner of War studies in Pensacola fla.,which also conducts research on prisoners fro Mother conflicts. Ambrose and Henman both regard the Vietnam pow pilots As the most men tally robust former prison ers from Amer Ica s 20th-Cen Tury wars the much smaller group of mostly army infantry soldiers and marines held by the Viet Cong in South Vietnam fared worse. While some Vietnam veterans groups contend that dozens if not hundreds of american prisoners were left behind the Penta gon believes none remains alive. Even so it continues to investigate the increasingly rare report Evan Ell Scripps Howard news service Larry Bice has been Manning the last firebase a protest Shack in Washington d.c., Between the reflecting Pool and the Lincoln memorial on and off since 1989, this group maintains the largest and most Complete list of pow and Mia soldiers outside of the government itself. It looks like a retail Booth but it s a protest says Bice. Studying the men their methods of live aside from of survival and How they have Mccain the Vietnam Pilot pow ranks include such notable pub Lic servants As rep. Sam Johnson a Texas former sen. Jeremiah Denton r-ala., and sex rep. Pete Peterson d-fla., who now is . Ambassador to Vietnam. Orson swindle Iii who ran billionaire Ross Perot s United we stand organization and was assistant Commerce Secretary in the Reagan administration is a see Vietnam on Page 4

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