September 17, 1972 : Hanoi releases three POWs

Introduction

Three U.S. pilots are released by Hanoi. They were the first POWs released since 1969. North Vietnamese officials cautioned the United States not to force the freed men to “slander” Hanoi, claiming that “distortions” about Hanoi’s treatment of POWs from a previous release of prisoners in 1969 caused Hanoi to temporarily suspend the release of POWs. The conditions for their release stipulated that they would not do anything to further the U.S. war effort in Indochina. The rest of the POWs were released in March 1973 as part of the agreement that led to the Paris Peace Accords.

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September 17, 1972 : Hanoi releases three POWs

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  • Year Published

    2009

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    September 17, 1972 : Hanoi releases three POWs

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  • Access Date

    October 22, 2017

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