Hello fellow Internet surfer and welcome to my home page. I'm very glad
that you made it this far . . . and I hope that you'll stick around long
enough to get to know just a little bit more about me and why I am here.
These days, acquaintances that begin in cyberspace are often the most real,
vivid, and long-lasting - and maybe that will be true of us. There are
many ways to navigate to the different pages, however, I think you will
find the easiest and quickest is to use the NEXT and BACK buttons at the
bottom of each page. I hope that when you are finished you will adopt a
I am a retired Air Force fighter jock, with over two hundred and fifty
combat missions, both in Korea and Vietnam. On March 22, 1968, while on
a mission in Southern Laos, I was zapped by the North Vietnamese Communists
and became their guest in the various resorts in Laos and in and around
Hanoi, North Vietnam. Apparently, I complained too much about the service,
or lack thereof, and spent almost four of the next five years in solitary
confinement. During this time, I had the honor of being the commander (Senior
Ranking Officer) of those captured in South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
In our group we had State Department employees, members of all service
branches, and even two West German nurses, one of which was a lovely young
lady named Monika. You must admit, this was a very unusual and diverse
group, but it was the finest command I ever had the honor of commanding
in my 26 years of service. We were known as "Hawk's Heros."
"Freedom has a taste to those who fight
and almost die for it"
Were POWs Abandoned?
Until 1990, I believed that all the POWs were released during
Operation Homecoming in 1973. I maintained this belief until 1990. In fact,
I gave many, many talks around the country about the POW issue. My closing
remarks were always the same: "All the POWs are home that are coming home
and the rest (MIAs) are dead".
You see, I knew that my government would not lie to me,however,
in early 1990, after talking to many family members of POWs and MIAs, I
began having doubts. What followed was a thorough re-examination of the
whole issue. The more I listened instead of talking, the more I read, then
the more the odds swung towards the fact that YES, there were POWs left
behind (abandoned) and YES, there was evidence that some might still be
alive. Since that time I have spoken repeatedly of the need to learn the
truth and my position has been published and/or quoted by the media many
times. The San Antonio Express-News printed an Ops Ed piece of mine which
can be read on the next page.
What Do You Think?
I guess that the best - and fastest - way to really get you familiar
and up to speed on the issue is for you to visit a few other Web sites
that discuss the issue in detail. There are also many excellent books on
the subject: Kiss The Boys Goodbye
by Monika Jensen-Stevenson & William Stevenson, Soldiers of Misfortune
by James D. Sanders, Mark A. Sauter, and R. Cort Kirkwood and The Bamboo
Cage by Nigel Cawthorne. I know and have
worked with all these people. They believe very strongly, as I do, that
we are a long way from the truth and that measures must be taken to prevent
this from ever happening again. Unless we all get involved and let the
the Beltway" group know how we feel, I'll bet any of you out there
a steak dinner that it will happen again. So here goes . . . hitch yourself
up to one of those cyberspace trolleys and visit The
POW/MIA Forum then journey over to The
National Alliance of Families and on the way back, stop in and visit
POW-MIA . I think you will find it an interesting trip. After all this
you might want to zip over to The
Meadow Years and journey through the 70's with my old friend Gunny
Fallon, to whom I owe a debt of gratitude for introducing me to and guiding
me through the mysterious world of HTML.
Let's help the abandoned POWs
And just maybe a light will shine at their end of the tunnel.
The Vietnam War POW/MIA issue has festered for almost twenty-five
years. Perhaps if you reviewed some of the discrepancy cases where the
MIA's were classified as "last known alive", maybe you might understand
why some of us are still pushing for a full accounting. By full accounting
I do not mean that each and every MIA must be found...that would be impossible.
It does mean that where there is a reasonable doubt about whether the individual
survived the incident, every avenue should be pursued to achieve accountability.
In my opinion, much of the accountability issue has been buried in secrecy.
The excuse of national security keeps raising its ugly head..come on now,
after twenty five years? At any rate, the third pages contains several
very troubling discrepancy cases.
As far as politics goes, I consider myself an American Eagle, long
before there were Hawk's or Doves. Page 4 contains some beautiful words
from some of my cyberspace friends about the issue. Would recommend a box
of Kleenex be readily available.
The last page is a thoroughly researched article by Mr. Bob Thompson.
Bob did a fantastic job of researching the case of Major Pete Matthes,
the author of the infamous GX 2527 symbol. I think you will find the article
fascinating and if it does not give you a madder than hell feeling, you
are in the wrong place
You can make a difference and help bring the boys home
where they belong. Click on the bracelet and get involved and possibly
he won't have to pace his cell anymore.
They also deserve a Homecoming like the rest of us had during "Operation
Homecoming" in 1973
Hawk greets his family at March AFB on March 24, 1973
Modified January 13,1998