The Moonduster Chronicles
The Official Newsletter of
Operation Just Cause

...for as long as it takes                                 August 1998


I would like to dedicate this month's issue of the Moonduster Chronicles to the seven men reported missing 30 years ago on August 1, 1968.

08/01/68   Edward J. Broms   USN   Meadville, PA
08/01/68   Donald R. Fowler   ARMY   Athens, GA
08/01/68   Steven M. Hastings   ARMY Baldwin Creek, CA
08/01/68   Joseph S. Ross   USAF   Fort Thomas, KY
08/01/68   Peter J. Russell   ARMY   New York
08/01/68   William J. Thompson   USAF   Houston, TX

The families of these men have been waiting for thirty years for their loved one to come home. That is thirty years too long.

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All Biographical and loss information on POWs provided by Operation Just Cause have been supplied by Chuck and Mary Schantag of POWNET. Please check with POWNET regularly for updates.

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A Few Words From The OJC Webring Team

There are now 650 sites in the OJC Webring and we are still growing. Please remember to continue writing your Senators, Congressmen, and the President and Vice President on behalf of your adopted POW/MIA. The POW/MIA's need us to be their voice. We need to let our representatives know that we will not settle for anything less than a full accounting of all those who have not returned home.

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Special
I would like to thank Steve for sending me the following special report.
9th Annual Forum of the National Alliance of Families.
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News
This in from Lynn O'Shea National Alliance of Families
    The House voted today on the Jackson Vanick Waiver. The decision to support Clinton and the Jackson Vanick Waiver, as it applies to Vietnam was approved. We lost by a vote of 260 to 163.
    Since both the Senate and House have to vote against the waiver in order to stop it, SJR 47 introduced in the Senate by Senator Bob Smith, is now dead.
Associated Press and Reuters articles follow.

Lynn O'Shea
National Alliance of Families
House Backs Vietnam Trade     July 30, 1998
By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Agreeing with the administration that Vietnam is making progress in human rights and emigration policy, the House on Thursday backed President Clinton's decision to promote trade with the former Asian enemy.

    By a 260-163 vote, the House rejected a motion to overturn a presidential waiver issued last March opening the way for Vietnam to get U.S. government credits and investment guarantees.

    Supporters of the administration policy argued that Vietnam's human rights record is improving, and that increased U.S. trade can only foster that trend.

    "Their continued exposure to U.S. values on human rights and religious freedom will promote progress in Vietnam in these objectives that we all share," said Rep. Bob Matsui, D-Calif.

    Opponents questioned Vietnam's commitment to reform and the wisdom of extending U.S. government credit to a communist government.

    "What we are going to be doing is spending tax dollars with this waiver to guarantee American businessmen to go in and use cheap slave labor under a dictatorship to manufacture goods to export to the United States to put our own people out of work. That's immoral," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif. Since both chambers must disapprove a presidential waiver to block it , Thursday's House action cancels the need for a Senate vote. The Senate Finance Committee earlier this month did endorse the administration policy in a 14-1 vote.

    The administration said the waiver was justified because Vietnam, while still repressive in its policies, since 1979 has allowed more than 480,000 of its citizens to leave Vietnam legally for the United States.

    "Based on every shred of evidence we have, we've seen a dramatic improvement in the cooperation of the Vietnamese government with the United States," said Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif.

    The waiver for government credits is not the same as Clinton's decision, upheld by the House recently, to extend normal trade relations to China for another year. Vietnam is one of six countries in the world that do not have normal trade status with the United States that would allow them to receive low tariff rates. To obtain that status, Hanoi first would have to sign a bilateral commercial agreement with the United States.


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The bill is H.J.Res. 120.

U.S. House backs Clinton on Vietnam trade credits

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House voted Thursday to back President Clinton's decision to make Vietnam eligible for U.S. trade credit programs.

    The House voted 260 to 163 to reject a measure that would have overturned a decision by Clinton to waive the Jackson-Vanik law, a 1974 measure barring the U.S. government from giving trade and investment funding to communist nations that do not allow their citizens to emigrate or travel abroad freely.

    The vote upholds Clinton's decision to allow Vietnam access to U.S. Export-Import Bank and Overseas Private Investment Corp (OPIC) and Department of Agriculture credit programs. The decision, however, does not grant Normal Trade Relations (NTR), formerly called Most Favored Nation (MFN) trade with Vietnam.

    Vietnam is one of a handful of nations that lack the normal trade status, which allows goods to enter the country at low tariff rates. But the two former enemies are negotiating a bilateral trade agreement that would clear the way for normal U.S. trade relations with Vietnam.

    Supporters of Clinton's decision said Vietnam has shown more cooperation in trying to resolve issues involving prisoners of war and U .S. soldiers missing in action. They argued it was time to put the war behind and move on with an effort to improve relations.

    "I have emotional baggage, we all have emotional baggage in this country," said Rep. Doug Bereuter, a Nebraska Republican whose infantry unit he said suffered casualties in Vietnam. "But I would suggest it is time to get on and not reverse course on Vietnam."

    But opponents said Vietnam's cooperation and human rights record had not improved and argued that Clinton's decision to waive Jackson- Vanik should be overturned.

    "The fact that he is asking us to waive the restrictions of Jackson -Vanik mean that the communist Vietnamese are not meeting the moral standards that we set," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican who sponsored the resolution to reject Clinton's decision.

    "So all of this talk about all of the progress that we have heard about going on in communist Vietnam is so much baloney."

--REUTERS--

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Articles

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Missoula, Montana
by Dennis Johnson

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Poems

Paying The Price
by Willie Dougherty

Welcome Home
by Willie Dougherty

Johnny Freedom
by Marsha Burks Megehee

The Wall Revisited
by GunBunny

Dark Man
by Marsha Burks Megehee

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POW/MIA Freedom Radio
Sundays 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Mountain Time

August 16, 1998 Guest Speakers:
Tony Cordero - Member of "Sons and Daughters in Touch". A group composed of the Son's and Daughter's of our Brothers and Sisters that didn't come home.

--and--

Jim Tiurila - Member of Freedom Flight. Three POW/MIA hot air balloons that tour the country to remind people that Americans have been abandoned.

August 23, 1998 Guest Speakers:

Congressman Robert Donnan - Who is up for election to regain his seat in Congress. Bob is a long time supporter of our POW/MIAs. Bob, at one time flew as "Wingman" with David Hrdlicka (POW/MIA), known to be alive, captured in Laos.

August 30, 1998 Guest Speakers:

Police Sgt. Gary Riccardelli - Gary wore for years, never giving up the faith, a POW/MIA bracelet for Lt. Col. James W. Widdis.

Gary had the honor to meet the Widdis family and attend the Memorial service when "Our Brother's" remains were brought home.

September 6, 1998 Guest Speakers:

Col. Ted Guy, USAF Ret. - A Former POW - Col Ted Guy was Senior Ranking Officer of the POWs in all of South East Asia.

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Ken Deal - Chairman, Agent Orange Committee - New Jersey State Council, Vietnam Veterans of America. Ken is a nationally known authority on the Agent Orange Issue.

More Information can be found on The POW/MIA Freedom Radio Website

"You can also hear it live on the Internet" at American Freedom Radio
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A Few Words From The Editor

    I wanted to let everyone know that sometime soon, the OJC Newsletter will have a special section entitled "Monthly Features". I have asked OJC Members to contribute a column for each issue of the Newsletter. The monthly installments will be articles containing info and help for people to learn more about the POW/MIA issue. They will also have HTML and graphics help, as well as help with research and tech support.

    I know that when I first started with Operation Just Cause a little over a year ago, I was also new to the Internet. I did not know the first thing about making webpages and I knew even less about inserting HTML and graphics on my page for my first adopted POW/MIA. There will also be announcements and news from other teams within OJC including the Adoption Team with updates and the Domain Team will provide news on plans for OJC.

    I am also planning on having a monthly feature that will be written by Vietnam Veterans. There are a large number of Vietnam Veterans within Operation Just Cause and their help and insight have been invaluable to me. I hope that anyone who feels they would be able to submit something will feel free to contact me to discuss it.


I would like to say "Thank you" to the people who helped me to put together this month's issue of "The Moonduster Chronicles".


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