WASHINGTON — Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., have introduced a bipartisan resolution to honor service members held captive during the Vietnam War.
Approximately 766 members of the armed forces were held prisoner during the war. In 1973, 591 were released by the North Vietnamese, while over 110 died in captivity. The remainder are considered missing in action.
A 23-year Navy veteran and the last veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the Senate, Sen. Carper presented the resolution during his keynote address at the 50th-anniversary reunion dinner for Vietnam prisoners of war at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday.
“As we celebrate 50 years since the homecoming of United States prisoners of war, we will never forget those who remain missing in action. As the last veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the Senate, this is personal. Fathers, uncles, brothers, nephews, nurses — Americans whose service we will never forget and whose sacrifice we will never stop honoring,” he said. “I am proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation with Sen. Moran to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.”
The companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives is led by Reps. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.; Jason Crow, D-Colo.; Young Kim, R-Calif.; and Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J.