From the Author
Rather than have just one POW, thereare ultimately six, all of who wind up prisoners of a South Vietnamese armyofficer by the name of Pham. He turns traitor and gets a commission in the North Vietnamese Army. He is also in his family business of turningraw opium into heroin. Now operating inremote western North Vietnam, the POWs are his laborers who process theopium. Pham's long term goal is ransomthe American's back to the CIA for millions
To make the story more interesting, Imade the wife of the captured pilot an anti-war activist and a member of theStudents for a Democratic Society's Action Wing. They were known for their firebombing ofarmed forces recruiting centers as well as attacks on fuel depots and otheracts of violence.
Then, to make her even more memorable,I turned Janet Pulaski into Cuban trained assassin who ultimately goesfreelance. All this unfolds when, afternine years in captivity after the war ends, the POWs are rescued only to findout that there are people who didn't want them alive.
While I am not a conspiracy theorist,like many Americans, I believe that we did not get a full accounting of thePOWs captured by the communists whether they were in Laos, Cambodia or NorthVietnam. Too many were known to be capturedbut never turned up at the end of the war.Some, the Vietnamese admitted were killed by their own citizens orduring interrogation. During the war,the North Vietnamese never provided an accurate list of the men who were beingheld.
Others may have parachuted into thejungle and either were severely injured or starved to death or could have beenkilled by snakes or other predators. In Laos, American pilots if captured by thePathet Lao, were summarily executed. InCambodia, it was a crapshoot as to what would happen to an American pilot ifshot down and captured.
So Forgottenis my tribute to the American pilots who were shot down and didn't comehome and those who were captured and were fortunate enough to come back totheir loved ones.