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Pentagon Official Says No More Action on Vietnam MIAs

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Forty-five years after American Prisoners-of-War returned to the U.S. following the Vietnam War, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday that the book has been closed on the issue of servicemen in that war still missing and unaccounted for.

Newsmax raised the subject at the White House with Kelly McKeague, the Director of the Defense for the POW and MIA Accounting Agency.

Noting the death in June of former Rep. Bill Hendon, R.-N.C., we pointed out he had spent many years arguing the U.S. had not fully accounted for every American prisoner-of-war or missing in action after the first waves of POWs came home in 1973.

Has the book finally been closed, we asked McKeague, on those Americans who served in Vietnam and were prisoners of war?

"It has," McKeague replied. "So, right now, there are close to 1,700 –1,600 [American servicemen] that remain missing and unaccounted for. Within that set of unaccounted for is what we call 'last known alive.' It's a small subset of individuals who, for whatever reason, were seen alive at a certain point during the war and will remain unaccounted for."

He added the U.S. government's "priority with the Vietnamese is to get at that subset – small subset. I think it's down to 25 – not necessarily prisoners of war, but again, last known alive at the time that they were seen."

Hendon's 2007 book, "An Enormous Crime," charged the U.S. knowingly left behind hundreds of American POWs in Vietnam and Laos in 1973. The book was The New York Times best-seller and revived the issue of whether eight Presidents have ignored the fate on Americans missing in action in Southeast Asia.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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Newsmax's John Gizzi reports Forty-five years after American Prisoners-of-War returned to the U.S. following the Vietnam War, Pentagon officials said Tuesday the book has been closed on the issue of servicemen in that war still missing and unaccounted for.
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