Spite House: Last Secret
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Titel: Spite House: Last Secret
Verlag: Avon, US
Einband: Mass Market Paperback
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Ten days before his tour of duty ended in 1965, Marine Pvt. Robert Garwood was taken captive by the Vietcong.
In 1979--six years after the Vietnamese government had allegedly released all American POWs--he was still a prisoner of war.
A jeep driver for a Marine Intelligence unit, Bobby Garwood suffered through fourteen years of unabated hell in a succession of prison camps in North Vietnam. But his most devastating ordeal came after his release. For Garwood returned home not to a grateful America, but to a court-martial, accusations of treachery and collusion, and to disgrace.
Colonel Tom McKenney arrived "in-country" in 1968, three years after Garwood's capture by the enemy. Assigned to a clandestine team of "hunter-shooters," McKenney's top-secret mission was to scour the jungle for turncoats in U.S. military uniform. And one of the "traitors" he was directed to terminate was Pvt. Robert Garwood.
This is the remarkable true story of two Marines--a hunter and his prey--and of a chilling covert military operation designed to cover-up high level incompetence by destroying a loyal soldier's life and future.Review:
This book uses impressive spadework to tell the story of what its subtitle calls "the last secret of the war in Vietnam," namely, what really happened in the case of Marine Private Bobby Garwood, the last soldier to return from the war alive. He returned in 1979, after 14 years missing in action. Jensen-Stevenson, a former Sixty Minutes producer, managed to get on the record people who have spent years staying off it: several well-placed military intelligence figures and Garwood (court-martialed for consorting with the enemy upon his return) himself. The main contentions of the book are that Garwood didn't desert but was captured after a firefight, that despite the sorts of lapses that virtually all Vietnam POWs fell prey to from time to time, he remained a loyal American throughout an incredibly arduous captivity, and most explosively of all: that before his return, based on the idea that he was a defector, there was an organized effort by U.S. forces to assassinate him. Readers will conclude that the Garwood case needs re-opening.
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