The Vietnam War spanned two decades from 1955 to 1975. Attached to the war were strong opinions and stigmas that flourished during those decades of social unrest at home. Miller writes that most Americans wanted to heal the wounds the war in Vietnam had inflicted. Even throughout the 1980s and 1990s, there was still a perception amongst Americans that the government was responsible for bringing home Vietnam-era MIAs and POWs because the moral obligation was not necessarily time sensitive.
With remarkable detail, Miller portrays a system plagued with issues that ultimately challenged recovery missions. With an outdated military administration mired by budget issues, turf battles, and antiquated policies, Miller suggests that organizations established to conduct recovery missions were ill-equipped and underfunded. Yet, despite these setbacks, these organizations were able to find a unified purpose and eventually overcame the limitations that hindered them. After decades of research, the number of books that discuss recovery can still only be counted on one hand. By combing his experience in the field with available statistics, historical context, and collected evidence, he presents a clearer picture of a topic that has been very narrowly discussed.
Peter Miller is a semi-retired forensic scientist specializing in human recovery. For nineteen years he supervised U.S. military teams in the search for and recovery of the remains and associated evidence of American MIAs and POWs. Miller uses his expertise to provide a thorough understanding of the responsibility the United States government has to missing American soldiers, while documenting the struggles that occur during the recovery process.
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