Dear Readers and Friends,
I felt the need to address some concerns that have been raised about my father’s POW status. While I believe this turmoil has long since simmered out and that I won’t have another issue about it again, there are still some websites out there that would seek to discredit me. There was even one gentleman who went so far to question my faith. I wanted to take a moment to address those concerns. As I do believe it’s simmered down, I also believe that I should post a public statement. By putting it on my blog it remains public.
My dad was a grunt soldier in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. He was in the 1st 28th. I grew up listening to his stories. I never knew he was captured as a POW for only a few days and escaped, until I was in college and was told this story by the only person in my family he ever confessed it to. My father will not discuss it. He is not on the official POW list because his troop was still in the field and he returned to his duty. Therefore he was never labeled as a POW. He does not want this status and refuses to accept the fact he did earn this label. He says he’s not a POW that John McCain is and he wants to leave it at that. Because of my first publication there were some questions raised about the validity of this story. I did discover there are people still living that were witness to the fact my dad was captured. However my father wants his capture as a book closed. Out of respect and honor for him, I will not press this issue any more. When I am able to have his story “Come, They Told Me” published, because of this conflict, I plan on marketing that book as fiction and just put the label that it’s based on a true story on it.
To those that raised the issue about the truth, I understand where your coming from. I hold no ill thoughts toward you. I want you to know that I would be mad too if someone was trying to falsify the truth. I have felt for years one of the groups of people that I am called to minister to is the Vets. I understand your concern. Please try to think the best of me. Know it’s never been my intention to mislead anyone, nor do I feel that I have. My father was a POW, he’s just not on the official list because he chooses not to. I feel that is his choice he’s earned. Know I love you all, even if you’ve raised concerns, and I pray for all of the Vets regularly.
I have learned in life that I will never please everyone. If I’ve offended you, I’m sorry. But I maintain that I have done nothing but tell the truth.
In Christian Love,
Anna M. Aquino