Resolve Cold War POWs

When most Americans think of those missing in action this Memorial Day, they will think of Vietnam. But while there was hope in some quarters in the 1980s and perhaps even 1990s that some POWs might still be alive — the Vietnamese willingness to cooperate on the issue was the major hurdle to re-establishment of relations during the Clinton administration — there is widespread acknowledgment today both that Vietnam holds no POWs and that Vietnamese authorities are generally cooperative on the issue.

But, Vietnam was not the only country to seize, mistreat, and often hold illegally POW/MIAs. During the Cold War, both the Soviet Union and China did as well.