United States Army Staff Sergeant John Sexton. described by doctors as being in good condition?
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Background: United States Army Staff Sergeant John Sexton. described by doctors as being in good condition following two years in a Viet Cong prison camp and a 70-mile walk through jungle to freedom, arrived home in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday (13 October) to be greeted by his parents.
He was set free after a 10-day walk through the jungle. About 70 miles north of Saigon, he made contact with friendly forces and was flown to hospital for treatment for malaria, old fragment wounds and an injury to his right elbow.
In Washington, Secretary of Defence Melvin Laird has ordered a through review of all files on missing or captured United States military personnel after revealing that a letter written by Sexton seven days after his capture in August 1969, was held up in Saigon for two years. As a result of the error, Sexton's parents did not know whether he had been killed or captured.
SYNOPSIS: United States Army Staff Sergeant John Sexton, who spent two years in a Viet Cong jungle prison, was reunited with his parents in Denver, colorado on Wednesday, after flying home from Saigon in an air force jet.
Sexton was bundled in blankets and carried on a stretcher from the aircraft to an ambulance. Doctors said he looked in good condition but tired after his flight from Saigon. The long journey home had begun when sexton was released by the Viet Cong after a 10-day march through the jungle to a point 70 miles north of Saigon. He made contact there with friendly forces and was flown to a Saigon hospital before being sent home in a spacial Air Force 'plane.