to the Editor
Jan. 4, 2001
has or did have a Vietnam veteran in their family.
is for all the kids born in the 70's that don't remember this, and
didn't have to bear the burden, that our fathers, mothers, and older
brother and sisters had to bear.
Fonda is being honored as one of the "100 Women of the Century."
Unfortunately, many have forgotten and still countless others have
never known how Ms. Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our country
but specific men who served and sacrificed during Vietnam.
first part of this is from an F-4E pilot. The pilot's name is Jerry
Driscoll, a River Rat. In 1978, the former Commandant of the USAF
Survival School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison-the "Hanoi Hilton." Dragged
from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in
clean PJs, he was ordered to describe for a visiting American "Peace
Activist" the "lenient and humane treatment" he'd received. He spat
at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and dragged away. During the subsequent
beating, he fell forward upon the camp Commandant's feet, which
sent that officer berserk. In '78, the AF Col. still suffered from
double vision (which permanently ended his flying days) from the
Vietnamese Col.'s frenzied application of a wooden baton.
1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO (F-4Es). He spent
6 years in the "Hilton"- the first three of which he was "missing
in action". His wife lived on faith that he was still alive. His
group, too, got the cleaned/fed/clothed routine in preparation for
a "peace delegation" visit. They, however, had time and devised
a plan to get word to the world that they still survived. Each man
secreted a tiny piece of paper, with his SSN on it, in the palm
of his hand. When paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she
walked the line, shaking each man's hand and asking little encouraging
snippets like: "Aren't you sorry you bombed babies?" and "Are you
grateful for the humane treatment from your benevolent captors?"
Believing this HAD to be an act, they each palmed her their sliver
of paper. She took them all without missing a beat.
the end of the line and once the camera stopped rolling, to the
shocked disbelief of the POW's, she turned to the officer in charge
and handed him the little pile of papers. Three men died from the
subsequent beatings. Col.Carrigan was almost number four but he
survived, which is the only reason we know about her actions that
was a civilian economic development advisor in Vietnam, and was
captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South Vietnam in
1968, and held for over 5 years. I spent 27 months in solitary confinement,
one year in a cage in Cambodia, and one year in a "black box" in
Hanoi. My North Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered
a female missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in Ban me Thuot, South
Vietnam, whom I buried in the jungle near the Cambodian border.
At one time, I was weighing approxim! ately 90 lbs. (My normal weight
is 170 lbs.) We were Jane Fonda's "war criminals." When Jane Fonda
was in Hanoi, I was asked by the camp communist political officer
if I would be willing to meet with Jane Fonda. I said yes, for I
would like to tell her about the real treatment we POWs were receiving,
which was far different from the treatment purported by the North
Vietnamese, and parroted by Jane Fonda, as "humane and lenient."
of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on my knees with outstretched
arms with a large amount of steel placed on my hands, and beaten
with a bamboo cane till my arms dipped. I had the opportunity to
meet with Jane Fonda for a couple of hours after I was released.
I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on TV! She did
not answer me.
does not exemplify someone who should be honored as part of "100
Years of Great Women." Lest we forget..."100 years of great women"
should never include a traitor whose hands are covered with the
blood of so many patriots. There are few things I have strong visceral
reactions to, but Hanoi Jane's participation in blatant treason,
is one of them.