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Stanley Karnow, Moderator
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Karnow wrote the landmark Vietnam: A History and reported from Asia, beginning in the 1950s, for Time, Life, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications.

Stanley Karnow

Cmdr. Paul Galanti, USN
Shot down June 17, 1966. POW for 2432 days
(6.7 years).

Commander Galanti retired from the service in 1983. Since then, he's worked in business and as a sought-after motivational speaker.

Cmdr. Paul Galanti

Capt. Mike McGrath, USN
Shot down June 30, 1967. POW for 2074 days
(5.7 years).

After repatriation, Captain McGrath continued his career in the Navy until retiring in January 1987. McGrath then worked in civil aviation, retiring from United Airlines in 1999, where he flew the 757/767 aircraft.

Capt. Mike McGrath

Lt. Col. Kevin McManus, USAF
Shot down June 14, 1967. POW for 2076 days
(5.7 years).

Colonel McManus retired from active duty in 1984 after which he worked in the management consulting industry for Robbins-Gioia and AT&T. His wife was active by day in the Nixon White House and by night helped start up the League of Families in Washington, DC. They are currently trying to survive raising seven children.

Lt. Col. Kevin McManus

Col. Tom McNish, USAF
Shot down September 4, 1966. POW for 2373 days
(6.5 years).

After returning home, Tom entered medical school, receiving his M.D. in 1974 and completing residencies in both Family Practice and Aerospace Medicine. He completed his 30 year AF career serving as a Pilot-Physician while holding posts as Hospital Commander, Chief of Flight Medicine for the AF and Surgeon General of the AF Reserve. He retired in 1994 and has since been involved in consulting and research regarding the analysis of accident-related injury patterns.

Col. Tom McNish

M. Gen. Ed Mechenbier, USAF
Shot down June 14, 1967. POW for 2076 days
(5.7 years).

Ed Mechenbier is currently Corporate Vice President, Development for Science Applications International Corporation. He continues his military career in the Air Force Reserve with the rank of Major General serving as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander AF Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson AFB. He also serves as the television host for several live broadcasts of air shows across the country each year including the internationally syndicated United States Air & Trade Show.

M. Gen. Ed Mechenbier

Bui Tin
Author of the important Following Ho Chi Minh: The Memoirs of a North Vietnamese Colonel, Bui enlisted at age 18 in the Vietnamese People's Army. He worked as a journalist and editor for the Communist army newspaper in Hanoi during the Vietnam War. In this position, Bui worked in close proximity to Ho Chi Minh -- and the American POWs. In 1990, Bui made the dramatic decision to leave Vietnam forever and live as an exile, in order to express his growing dissatisfaction with Vietnam's Communist leadership and political system.

Bui Tin


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