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Nam PoW's (english)
30 Mar 2003
Three's In

Three's In *** - the Vietnam POW Home Page

DC, Virginia, Maryland Nam-POWs at Nam Viet Restaurant Tet 2003

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This page has been accessed 76689 times since 1 May 2001.

This page
is the official home page of the Vietnam era Prisoners of War (1961-1973).

It contains statistics and items of interest concerning Americans
and foreign nationals held captive in North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Cambodia,
Laos and China, names of the returnees, and various other directory information
- including email addresses - where those men authorized publication. The
only known graphic evidence of our captivity comes from the Naval Institute
Press's Prisoner of War by John M. McGrath, a retired Navy Captain
and currently a pilot with United Airines. A sample of McGrath's work appears
below. Nam-POWs expresses special thanks to The
Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association (River Rats) for supporting
and hosting this page! That august group supported us in our captivity and
each of them could have shared a cell with us in the Hanoi Hilton. All Nam-POWs
were made Life Members of the River Rats upon our return.

June 8, 2002

NAM-POWs Corporation is a non-profit 501c (19) veterans
organization chartered by the State of Arizona in 1973.  NAM-POWs came into existence through a
need for the 801 returning Prisoners of War repatriated from the Southeast Asia conflict to organize in
such a way that they could continue to build upon their bonds of friendship and
camaraderie developed over years of privation and inhumane treatment
experienced while in the prison camps of North Vietnam, South Vietnam,
Cambodia, Laos and China.

NAM-POWs is dedicated to the principles of patriotic
allegiance to the United States of America, fidelity to its Constitution and
laws, the security of civil liberty, and the perpetuation of free institutions.  Our objectives are to cherish the
memories of the valiant deeds of our members; to promote true fellowship among
our members; to advance the best interests of members of the Armed Forces of
the United States and to enhance their prestige and understanding by example
and personal activity; to stimulate patriotism and national pride in the minds of our youth.

Any person of good moral character who was a POW in
Southeast Asia during the period 1961-1973 is eligible for membership.
Our first NAM-POW President was Medal
of Honor recipient Colonel George "Bud" Day, USAF (Ret).  He has been joined by 540 active
members, which include other distinguished Medal of Honor recipients: Vice
Admiral James B. Stockdale, USN (Ret), Colonel Leo Thorsness, USAF (Ret), and
MSGT Jon Cavaiani, USA (Ret).  Four
other POWs, Capt. Rocky Versace, USA, Capt. Lance Sijan, USAF , Army E-3
William D. Port and Col. Donald G. Cook, USMC received the Medal of Honor
posthumously. See below for more about the Medal of Honor recipients.  Our ranks are
replete with honorable men who are continuing to serve their country with the
same dedication and fervor that were displayed by their comrades confined in
the infamous prisons of Southeast Asia-like retired Navy Rear Admiral and
former Senator of Alabama, the Honorable Jeremiah Denton, Senator John McCain
of Arizona and Congressman Sam Johnson of Texas.  The Honorable Douglas Peterson, former Congressman from
Florida, recently completed his assignment as the first Ambassador to Vietnam
in 25 y ears.  Others, such as
Colonel Ben Purcell, USA (Ret) and Colonel Leo Thorsness, USAF (Ret) have
served in State Legislatures.

Of the 802 Southeast Asia POWs (661 military, 141
civilians/foreign nationals), 472 were tortured and imprisoned in North
Vietnam, some longer than eight years, 263 in the South Vietnam jungle POW
camps for as long as nine years, 31 in Laos, 31 in Cambodia and 5 in China (two
of whom were held for over 19 years under sub-human conditions).  We are one of the strongest fraternal
organizations that exists in the world today.  We are bonded together, not by rank or service, but by the
deep knowledge and faith that we are one unit - one entity that the enemy could
not destroy.  We held our heads
high with pride as we served our nation as Prisoners of War.  We accomplished our sworn goal...

We Returned With Honor
The seal of the 4th Allied POW Wing, created by the Air Force Office
of Heraldry in 1973, depicts the colors of the United States and the Republic
of Vietnam as well as the chained eagle, emblematic of the fighting men
who were captured. Pilots and their aircrews were captured mostly in NVN
and China while ground troops and civilians were captured in SVN, Laos and
Cambodia.. The number "4th" was chosen by Wing Commander (and
senior POW held in North Vietnam) Lieutenant General John Peter Flynn, USAF.
Vietnam was the fourth conflict in which Americans were held overseas. Captives
from the IRAQ Gulf War have recently formed the 5th Allied POW Wing, but
they are not members of our group.

Eight Nam-POWs received the Medal of Honor: VADM Jim Stockdale, USN; Col. Bud Day, USAF; Col. Don Cook, USMC (Posthumously); Capt. Lance Sijan, USAF (Posthumously); Capt. Rocky Versace (Posthumously) for action above and beyond the call of duty as POWs and Col. Leo Thorsness, USAF, SGM Jon Cavaiani, USA and SGT William Port, USA for heroism prior to their being captured. Click here to go to their page

*** During the flyover of a military "Missing Man" formation, aircraft #3 pulls abruptly out of the formation to signify the "missing man." This page is the page of the POWs who returned. "Three" is back in the formation. Hence, "Three's In"!!

Paul Galanti

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Nam-POW Officers (elected May 2002)

Col. Jim Ray, USAF (Ret)
x_ray63 (at) YAHOO.COM

Vice President
Capt. Cole Black, USN (Ret)
coleblack (at) SBCGLOBAL.NET

Past President
Capt. Mike McGrath, USN (Ret)
mmcgrath62 (at) EARTHLINK.NET

Secretary Treasurer
Lt. Col. John Yuill, USAF (Ret)
yuma (at)

Capt. Mike McGrath, USN (Ret)
mmcgrath62 (at) EARTHLINK.NET

Col. Ken Cordier, USAF (Ret)
KWC-PhantomPhlyer (at) ATT.NET

Col. Tom McNish, M.D., USAF (Ret)
tmcnish (at)

Col. Bill Reeder, USA (Ret)
reederw (at) KC.RR.COM

Free Press Editor
Col. Bill Baugh, USAF (Ret)
wbaughsprint (at) EARTHLINK.NET

POW Net Listserv
Lt. Col. Dave Ford, USAF (Ret)
de435 (at)

CDR Paul Galanti, USN (Ret)
pgalanti (at)

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Statistics from
DIA Database
All POW Returnees/Escapees and Country where captured



Air Force




Foreign Nationals


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PBR - FVA Awards
The Patrol Boat Riverine Force Vietnam Association is dedicated as a Living Memorial to the American Men and Women who came home after paying the supreme sacrifice for their country, and to those who have passed on since the War. To all our brothers and sisters of the Vietnam War who went and served our country, no nation can ask any more of its children.
Award granted 20 March 1999.

PBR - FVA Association
Attached is an award I would like to present to your website from my website. This award is very special in that Chuck "Doc" Stewart who does all the special military graphics you see on the web and who is also a Vietnam Vet created this for me at my request. I have not given it often. Your site is deserving of it if you will accept it. If you should choose to link back, perhaps you would use the link to my POW/MIA page or to my tribute to Veterans page, both are below. 

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