By Ronald D. Sampson, CMSgt, USAF
Forwarded by Allard Russell
This is for all the kids born in the 70's that do not remember, and didn't have to bear the burden that our fathers, mothers and brothers and sisters had to bear.
Jane 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 ideals of our country, but specific men who served and sacrificed during Vietnam.
Among the many American Prisoners of War in Vietnam she dishonored were the following three that I know about first-hand:
F-4E pilot Jerry Driscoll was a River Rat. In 1968, this former Commandant of the USAF Survival School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison, better known as the “Hanoi Hilton.” Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean pajamas, he was ordered to describe for a visiting American “Peace Activist” the “lenient and humane treatment he had received.”
He spat at Ms. Fonda, and was clubbed, and dragged away. During the subsequent beating, he fell forward onto the camp Commandant's feet, which sent that officer berserk. Ten years later Driscoll still suffered from double vision (that ended his flying career) as the result of that commandant’s frenzied application of a wooden baton.
Col. Larry Carrigan spent 6 years in the “Hanoi Hilton”, the first three of which his family only knew he was “missing in action.” His wife lived on faith that he was still alive. Carrigan’s group also got the cleaned-up, fed and 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 were alive and still survived. Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper in the palm of his hand, with his Social Security Number on it.
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 in the handshake. She took them all without missing a beat. At the end of the line and once the camera stopped rolling, to the shocked disbelief of the POWs she turned to the officer in charge and handed him all the little pieces of paper.
Three men died from the subsequent beatings. Colonel Carrigan was almost number four but he survived, which is one of the reasons we know of her actions that day.
I was a civilian economic development advisor in Vietnam, and was captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South Vietnam in 1968, and held prisoner 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 weighed only about 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 her. I said yes, for I wanted to tell her about the real treatment we POWs received and how different it was from the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and parroted by her as “humane and lenient.”
Because of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on my knees, with my arms outstretched, a large steel weights placed on my hands, and beaten with a bamboo cane.
I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda soon after I was released. I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on TV? She never did answer me.
These first-hand experiences do not exemplify someone who should be honored as part of “100 Years of Great Women” - Such a list 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.
She needs to know that we will never forget and the more people that forward this to everyone they think should know the truth about her, the higher the possibility that it will end up on her computer as well.
RONALD D. SAMPSON, CMSgt, USAF
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