“Lost” US soldier found in Vietnam

44 years later

The Pentagon just wishes this guy would go away

His name is John Hartley Robertson.

His sister who recently saw him face-to-face is sure it’s him. So are some guys who served with him. But the Pentagon will tell you it isn’t so.

Robertson was born and raised in Alabama and he was a good solider and Army Sgt. (the guys who really fight the wars.)

He was so good he earned a spot in a SOG, a special operations group which some members fondly refer to as “Son of the Gestapo.”

They were used for “classified missions.”

A fancy name for dirty work, usually illegal and sometimes involving war crimes.

Robertson was “lost” during a mission in Laos in 1968, but apparently the Pentagon has known about him for years.

I’m sure their fondest hope was that he would just fade away.

SOG alumni are the very definition of “inconvenient truths.” A whole lot of them die or are otherwise neutralized when they’re no longer needed.

Favorite methods: 1) send them on impossible missions where they are most likely to die and 2) put them all on a helicopter and have an “accident.” Some end up in prison for life on trumped up charges back in the states under very close watch.

All’s fair in love and war, right?

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