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The Vietnam War (American War) in Photos

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US Air Force POW on Parade in North Vietnam
Many American POWs faced such humiliation if they were shot down and captured alive.

First Lt. L. Hughes of the US Air Force being paraded through the streets, 1970

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In this 1970 photo, United States Air Force First Lieutenant L. Hughes is paraded through the city streets after being shot down by the North Vietnamese. American POWs were subjected to this sort of humiliation quite often, particularly as the war wore on.

When the war ended, the victorious Vietnamese returned only about 1/4 of the American POWs they held. More than 1,300 never were returned.

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