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Viet Cong POW. When President Johnson refused permission to attack these areas, the US Army sent out clandestine missions anyway. In 1969, Nixon ordered massive bombings of the area, but failed to stop the communists from using it is a staging area.

12/8/1967- Bu Dop, South Vietnam - A 15-year-old Viet Cong prisoner smokes a cigarette given him by his 1st Infantry Division captors. Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS ~ Vietnam War

US Marines with Viet Cong prisoner.

20 Nov 1969, Da Nang, Vietnam -- This battle-hardened 14-year-old boy recently served as a sniper for the Viet Cong. Now he fights for South Vietnam. ~ Vietnam War

Since 1973, the remains of more than 900 Americans killed in the Vietnam War have been identified & returned to their families for burial with full military honors. For more than a decade the United States has conducted joint field activities with the governments of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia to recover the remains of missing Americans. Today, more than 1,600 Americans remain unaccounted for from the conflict.