American soldier found living in Vietnam village 44 years after he was presumed dead when helicopter shot down – Mirror Online
American soldier presumed dead 44 years ago ‘found living in remote Vietnam village’
A US army veteran has allegedly been found living in a remote Vietnam village – 44 years after he was presumed dead when his helicopter was shot down.
Master Sergeant John Hartley Robertson, 76, survived the crash but was captured and tortured by North Vietnamese forces.
But he went on to build a new life, according to a startling documentary.
Fellow veteran Tom Faunce traced the ex-Special Forces Green Beret to south-central Vietnam but found he had forgotten his children’s names, his birthday and how to speak English.
Filmmakers followed Faunce’s efforts to take Sgt Robertson back to the US to reunite him with his family.
The controversial new film, called Unclaimed, has renewed speculation that other American POWs could still be in captivity in South East Asia.
Emmy award-winning director Michael Jorgensen claimed the US government even knew of Sgt Robertson’s alleged survival as early as 1982 but did not contact his grieving wife and two children or attempt to bring him home.
Sgt Robertson was on a top-secret operation over Laos when his helicopter was hit in 1968.
Despite his body never being found, he was presumed dead for nearly half a century.
His name was etched on Vietnam memorials and army records listed him as “killed in action”.