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Until They Are Home: Bringing Back the MIAs from Vietnam, a Personal Memoir
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Until They Are Home: Bringing Back the MIAs from Vietnam, a Personal Memoir (Hardback)

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'Our mission continues . . . Until They Are Home!' - Motto of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting CommandAt the end of the Vietnam War - or American War, as it is called in Hanoi - 2,585 Americans were unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. In 1992, a joint task force was established to continue the work of recovery, and its members became the first U.S. government representatives to return full-time to Vietnam. Army Lt. Col. Thomas ('Ty') Smith arrived in Hanoi a decade later, in 2003. Until They Are Home is both a heartfelt memoir and a fascinating inside look at his tour of duty in Vietnam, 'a place of shadows within shadows, secrets within secrets." Smith takes the reader on an extraordinary personal voyage from the shaded French boulevards of Hanoi to the remotest jungle trails of the border highlands. Written with a keen eye andtouches of humor, Until They Are Home recounts life in the very heart of the mission to find and return to the families the remains of their loved ones. It offers equal parts historical context, political insight, social commentary, travelogue, and adventure chronicle. From describingeverything from his diplomatic negotationsbetweenthe Vietnamese andAmerican governments to presentinghis view of commanding a remarkably complex mission in an unforgiving environment, Smith draws on memory, e-mails, letters, and journal entries to recreate the story of his mission in Vietnam. Smith and the forces serving under him found the remains of fourteenlost American servicemen - including two graduates of Texas A&M University. The gripping, intensely personalnarrative of Until They Are Home will fascinate general readers interested in the Vietnam War and its aftermath and will prove helpful to historians seeking primary information. It will also have great appeal to those with continuing involvement in POW/MIA issues and concerns.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: historical, political & militaryBiographyMemoirsBiographyTrue storiesTrue war & combat storiesHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistoryHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistoryMilitary history: post WW2 conflictsVietnam WarHistory & PoliticsMilitary StudiesHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyAsian history Publisher: Texas A & M University Press Publication Date: 15/02/2011 ISBN-13: 9781603442329  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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THOMAS T. SMITH of San Antonio is the author of The U.S. Army and the Texas Frontier Economy, 1845-1900 (Texas A&M University Press, 1999) and The Old Army in Texas: A Research Guide to the U.S. Army in Nineteenth-Century Texas (Texas State Historical Association, 2000). He is a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association.

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