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The Vietnam War (American War) in Photos

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US Air Force POW being held captive by a young North Vietnamese girl
One aspect of communism is its lack of gender role distinctions, as seen in this Vietnam War photo

US Air Force First Lieutenant being held captive by a young North Vietnamese girl, Vietnam War, 1967

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In this Vietnam War photo, US Air Force 1st Lieutenant Gerald Santo Venanzi is held captive by a young North Vietnamese girl soldier. When the Paris Peace Accords were agreed in 1973, the North Vietnamese returned 591 American POWs. However, another 1,350 POWs were never returned, and about 1,200 Americans were reported killed in action but their bodies were never recovered.

Most of the MIA were pilots, like Lieutenant Venanzi. They got shot down over the North, Cambodia or Laos, and were captured by communist forces.

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