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Comment #1154579 by Mick Jordan

Mick Jordan Apr 28th 2013, 12:34 PM #

It said in the piece that he couldn’t remember his kids names, his birthday or even how to speak English. Yet he knew he was an American soldier and that he was captured in 68. Odd wouldn’t you say. To remember those details but not his native language , his birthday or the names of his children. What other details could he remember and did he forget.

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This US soldier 'found alive' in Vietnam 44 years after being left behind

This US soldier 'found alive' in Vietnam 44 years after being left behind

Filmmaker says John Robertson, now 76, can no longer speak English, remember his birthday or the names of his American children.

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    Favourite Justin Credible
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    Apr 28th 2013, 12:19 PM

    Oh yeah the Americans really do take care of their own…

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    Favourite Kerry Blake
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    Apr 28th 2013, 12:27 PM

    John I think you can file that claim along side the weapons of mass destruction claim.

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    Favourite Mick Jordan
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    Apr 28th 2013, 12:34 PM

    It said in the piece that he couldn’t remember his kids names, his birthday or even how to speak English. Yet he knew he was an American soldier and that he was captured in 68. Odd wouldn’t you say. To remember those details but not his native language , his birthday or the names of his children. What other details could he remember and did he forget.

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    Favourite Jed I. Knight
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    Apr 28th 2013, 12:49 PM

    If you don’t use a language you simply forget it. How many of us learned Irish, French, Spanish or German at school but if we don’t use it then after many years we forget what we once knew. At school you probably (lets hope) did things like quadratic equations with ease, could you do them now? If you hadn’t spoken your native language in 45 years it would probably be quite easy to forget it, add to that trauma and whatever else he may have suffered.

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    Favourite Thomond Park
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    Apr 28th 2013, 12:53 PM

    jed,

    your comment is way to clever for these brainwashed plebs.

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    Favourite David Linehan
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    Apr 28th 2013, 12:54 PM

    An America with his head in sand, well I never.

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    Favourite Mick Jordan
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    Apr 28th 2013, 12:59 PM

    Jedi. He was 33 when he went missing. He wasn’t a child. He had spoken nothing but English for 33 years. And all of the other POW’s that were captured had crossed paths at one time or another in different camps yet he didn’t. And Thomand as you have asked me on many occasions “Do You Believe Everything You Watch,Read,or Hear”.

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    Favourite Kerry Blake
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    Apr 28th 2013, 1:01 PM

    Brain injuries can do funny things Mick. I guess owning a set of dog tags might suggest to someone they are a soldier do dog tags have birth dates on them?

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    Favourite Mick Jordan
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    Apr 28th 2013, 1:04 PM

    Yes they do. And name and bold type.

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    Favourite Jack Bauer
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    Apr 28th 2013, 1:14 PM

    You’re just a sceptic Mick. You’d argue the sky isn’t blue.

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    Apr 28th 2013, 1:14 PM

    Particularly when they look quite like the incumbent president.

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    Favourite Mick Jordan
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    Apr 28th 2013, 1:16 PM

    On the contrary Jack. Thomand would have you believe I am a sheep questioning nothing.

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    Favourite Kardia Skepsi
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    Apr 28th 2013, 2:15 PM

    Well technically the sky isn’t blue, it varies in color. It’s usually grey in Ireland.

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    Favourite Jack Bauer
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    Apr 28th 2013, 2:48 PM

    They are clouds. The sky is blue above them. There is usually one magical week in a year when the clouds part and we see the fecking sky.

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    Favourite Phillip O Brien
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    Apr 28th 2013, 6:39 PM

    Fanboy alert

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    Favourite Nadia Curtin
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    Apr 28th 2013, 7:24 PM

    Jed,
    I honestly don,t think you would totally forget your own language.
    English is not my native tongue, did you see the film?
    Did he understang anything in english and just was unable to speak it or both?

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    Favourite Méalainí Drake
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    Apr 28th 2013, 8:33 PM

    Ever seen Irish tags. No bold on them!!! LOL! Rank, name and number. That’s it!

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    Favourite Chris Starks
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    Apr 28th 2013, 9:23 PM

    He could be a deserter and STILL want to see his kids one last time. It’s not that hard to imagine.

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    Favourite Mick Jordan
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    Apr 28th 2013, 10:44 PM

    Ment to say blood type.

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    Favourite Terrie Harrell
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    Apr 29th 2013, 12:22 AM

    No that doesn’t surprise me at all. When captured they are required to give name and serial number and if I remember correctly rank. My father told me so. They have to forget whatever the enemy can use against them. As for our government not wanting him that’s probably true. Too much paper work and too many questions such as why?

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    Apr 29th 2013, 2:18 AM

    That’s a load of crap – Veterans had to fight and petition our govt to get the ones returned they did. Wake up – they treat our troops like crap, pay them peanuts that are hard to survive on then throw them away like trash. I went in the Army in ’83 – the Veterans organization was still fighting our government to demand the return of our guys at that time.

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    Mute Ralyn Sue Speerly Schraceo
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    Apr 29th 2013, 2:25 AM

    I don’t have mine anymore, but I’m pretty darn sure my tags only had my name and SSN. I served in the early ’80s.

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    Mute Ralyn Sue Speerly Schraceo
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    Apr 29th 2013, 2:28 AM

    oh, yeah – blood type too, but not birth date.

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    Apr 29th 2013, 3:40 AM

    Actually, they have the full name, ss number, date of birth, sex, blood type, religion preference, and branch… Lots of information to claim fraud on someone….HOWEVER, I find it interesting that for such an elaborate story that is fake… The man did not want to reside in the US of A, it isn’t recorded that he’s demanding benefits, or suing for his living spawn… or anything to avenge himself. just wanted to see his children and his sister…

    I also find it interesting that everyone is so quick to believe that the government wouldn’t try to twist the story any shape or form they can… It doesn’t surprise me at all, that the fingerprints don’t match, the information released by our government says it’s not likely, etc… OF COURSE, ever heard of back pay? Of covering their asses for 40 years? Of making sure they don’t pay x amount of members of this guys family for leaving him behind?! It’d be an embarrassment to the nation, and crush just about every living Vietnam Vet’s heart to know their brother in arms forgot who the hell he was… true causality of war, IF it’s true. It’s all pretty skeptical.

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    Apr 29th 2013, 5:03 AM

    He was in a plane crash, God knows what happened. Maybe he was in a coma, or lost all memory for a period of time. Maybe whoever found him and nursed him back to life, had his dog tags and a picture of his kids. Leaving him with knowledge that he was a soldier, with children. Maybe he had to learn to speak all over again and only language available was Vietnamese.

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    Favourite Steve Harr
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    Apr 29th 2013, 11:27 AM

    I was in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969 and we lost guys who were seen alive after capture…as memory serves…I can’t remember the names of friends i had back then, what I ate for breakfast on a certain date etc….It is not hard to remember pieces of a memory and remember other not so important facts…time does strange things to a mind….I don’t know if he is legit or not but it is very probable.

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    Apr 29th 2013, 11:30 AM

    Looking at my 1967 dog tags…name, military serial # (before SSN), BOD, Blood type, Religious preference…..god I am old!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Favourite Tom Quinn
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    Apr 29th 2013, 2:53 PM

    take his fingerprints to resolve the issue.

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    Favourite Tom Quinn
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    Apr 29th 2013, 2:54 PM

    the soldier’s fingerprints are on file. This guy’s prints match that or they don’t.

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    Favourite Steve Myren
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    Apr 30th 2013, 11:26 AM

    Name, Service Number, Blood Type, and Religious Affiliation. That is all the information on military ID tags.

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    Favourite Ted Okon
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    Apr 30th 2013, 8:10 PM

    Back in the 60′s they used a Service No. not a social Not just yet.

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