Experiences of American Prisoners of War in Vietnam

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American History

 

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Andrea W

 

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March 30, 2013

 

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University

 

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A

 

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POWs throughout history have received harsh and brutal treatment. Prisoners received everything from torture to execution. However, in recent times efforts have been made to reduce these treatments and to get humane treatment for POWs. These attempts include the Geneva Convention of 1949. Unfortunately, during the Vietnam Conflict, these "rules" of war were not always obeyed, as they are now...
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These obligations consisted of feeding, clothing, medical treatment, mail, and delivery of parcels from prisoners. The official tally of American POWs who were captured by the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) during the Vietnam War totaled 766, and of these 114 died while in captivity2. Those that died were many times deprived of both medication and sufficient food or facilities, and were also ravaged by many diseases that affected the Americans...
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