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    Nixon thanks a Congressman for ". . .efforts made. . .on behalf of our men who are missing in action and prisoners of war in Southeast Asia"

    Richard Nixon Typed Letter Signed "RN" on White House letterhead, one page, 6.75" x 9", "Western White House", July 12, 1971, to Roger Zion, a Republican Congressman from Indiana. Regarding the Vietnam War, he writes: "I want to express my appreciation for the efforts you made during your European trip on behalf of our men who are Missing in Action and Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia. I am joined by countless other Americans in the hope that the representations made by European Parliamentarians will improve the treatment of our men." This letter was likely mailed from Nixon's California home ("Western White House"). Congressman Zion is most noted for bringing international attention to the Vietnamese's failure to comply with the provisions of the Geneva Convention in the treatment of POWs He organized a letter writing campaign of protest resulting in millions letters arriving in Vietnam headquarters in Paris. Vietnamese leaders immediately sent for Zion; and This meeting resulted in Zion getting a film which showed many prisoners of war who at were listed as missing in action. In 1971, Nixon reduced the number of Americans fighting in Southeast Asia to 184,000 in December, down from 340,000 the previous year. Some toning, otherwise near fine.

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