MAJOR MARK A. SMITH, UNITED STATES ARMY, RETIRED, served on active duty for over twenty one years. His primary area of orientation was Asia. He served at least part of every year from 1965 to 1972 in the 2nd Indo-China War as either a Non-Commissioned Officer or, later, as an Officer. He was captured after the Battle of Loc Ninh RVN on 8 April 1972 during Escape and Evasion (E & E). He was released from a jungle prison camp in Kratie, Cambodia on 12 February 1973. He was the first U.S. Army POW returned to the United States on 14 February 1973.

Major Smith was given mandatory retirement in May 1985. In September of that year he sued President Ronald Reagan and his predecessors for the abandonment of American military men and civilians during the war in Southeast Asia.

Major Smith's combat awards include; Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Eight Bronze Stars and four Purple Hearts.

The purpose of this page is to provide honest, up to date information on the POW/MIA issue. It also will serve as a means to update Americans and others on the continuing conflicts in Southeast Asia. Because Major Smith serves as an advisor to the Forces Of Freedom And Democracy Of Southeast Asia, it is hoped that truth will prevail over propaganda on what really happened to Americans still missing in Southeast Asia, what Southeast Asian Freedom Fighters are trying to accomplish and why governments, including our own, try so hard to make it appear that all is lost for freedom and democracy in this region.

Of historical value is Major Smith's perspective on the Vietnam War from the Non Commissioned Officer level and the Commissioned Officer level, including his command of one of the largest Infantry/Armor battles of the Vietnam War. Also provided are the Major's unvarnished opinion of leaders he served under and beside during the war and the true performance of American POWs in the Gulags of Southeast Asia.

This site will also offer opinions and unique perspective on who the current US military leadership is and who they were in the wars of Southeast Asia. Further, through feedback and observation of contacts with current and former foreign leaders in Southeast Asia, the impact of US policy decisions will be discussed. But most of all, it will show how the world's last "super power" lost the moral high ground in Asia, with its treatment of the issue of its missing citizens in that area.

Lastly, there is a section of poems and songs. These are an offshoot of trying to compose in one's head events as they happened on and off the battlefield, when there was no time to sit and write a formal report. These are included at the request of those who have seen some of them, down through the years, and have asked for copies.

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