RARE PHOTOS: A Rescue Raid On A POW Camp in Vietnam.

RARE PHOTOS: A Rescue Raid On A POW Camp in Vietnam.

Above Photo: The POW camp is set alight after the raid (Bob Bennett)

This is an edited account of the original article written by Bob Bennett on the www.bluetigers.com website. It tells of an unsuccessful POW prison raid in 1970 by a joint Ranger and Blue Tiger force (the Blue Tigers were an Air Cavalry reconnaissance troop) in South Vietnam.

Site of the POW camp in South Vietnam. (Jim Henthorn)

Site of the POW camp in South Vietnam. (Jim Henthorn)

“Because the location of the POW camp was known from intelligence sources, we went directly to the site. We didn’t have to search around for it. It had been vacant 2-3 days when we arrived, so whoever found it first must have scared them off. It had maybe ten thatched structures, on stilts, with covered pits dug under each one which were used as “cells”.

A raider inspects one of the hooches. (Bob Bennett).

A raider inspects one of the hooches. (Bob Bennett).

The main floor of the hooches was elevated off the ground. According to POW Marc Cayer, who was held in similar conditions, the Viet Cong captors slept on this level at night and the POW’s were stored here during the day.

ince there are no doors visible on the rooms at the rear, the rooms may have served as quarters or offices for the VC cadre. (Bob Bennett).

ince there are no doors visible on the rooms at the rear, the rooms may have served as quarters or offices for the Viet Cong captors. (Bob Bennett).

At night, the POW’s were stored in pits under the hooch. The pits were rancid smelling. The stench told us that the prisoners (Americans) must have been kept there, since no one could live voluntarily in such filth.

Barely visible in the center, a prone trooper (with boots toward the camera) inspects the underground POW pit under the POW hooch. Another trooper stands by to assist him. A bed, probably for a VC night guard, is in the right rear of the photo. (Bob Bennett)

Barely visible in the center, a prone trooper (with boots toward the camera)
inspects the underground POW pit under the POW hooch. Another trooper
stands by to assist him. A bed, probably for a VC night guard, is in the right rear of the photo.
(Bob Bennett)

We knew what had taken place there and we were very upset by the whole thing.

Weary and disappointed raiders (Bob Bennett).

Weary and disappointed raiders (Bob Bennett).

We were very pissed, and burned the place to the ground.

The raiders vent their frustration on the deserted POW camp. (Bob Bennett)

The raiders vent their frustration on the deserted POW camp. (Bob Bennett)

I snapped a final picture of  MAJ Richard W. Drisko, in a contemplative mood as he reflects on the destruction of the abandoned POW camp.”

(Bob Bennet).

(Bob Bennet).

Bob Bennett.

See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.

For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:

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