World War 2 : A Global War

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World War 2 was a global war from 1939 to 1945 between the Allies and the Axis powers. During the war, over 120,000 American prisoners of war were captured by the German forces. World War 2 started through the bomb in Hiroshima on August 6th 1945. Around 8,000 people died because of radioactive from the bomb. The German prison camps were for mostly Jews since Hitler, the Chancellor of Germany, was against the Jewish religion.The internment camps were in very harsh conditions and many prisoners were vulnerable to diseases and were malnutritioned. The prisoners of war were forced to walk many miles; which caused the POWs to become more sustainable to diseases. About 27,000 american pows died in captivity throughout the war.
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The Vietnam War was totally different than World War 2. It lasted indefinitely for around 20 years and American prisoners of war were captured by the vietnamese. The treatment of the prisoners of war during the Vietnam War was one of the most inhuman and evil truth of war. Prisoners of War were mostly career officers and aviators because they saw Americans as relatives of colonial French members. The first POW was a pilot aviator named Everett Alvarez Jr. where he was shot down at Hon Gay. He was taken to the “Hanoi Hilton” prison and was intern for 8 years and 7 months. In an interview, Everett Alvarez Jr. states,“there weren 't no preparations for search and rescue. There were no units assigned to help us in case we should go down and I really didn 't know what was gonna happen... I began to wonder you know I wonder if I 'll survive." He was publicly harassed in prison and he was tortured for the information. He was one of the prisoners of war released in the Operation Homecoming on Feb. 12, 1973 where 591 POW were flown to the Philippines over a period of 6 weeks. 25% of Americans died only because of the shortage of food. In addition, during “Operation Homecoming,” more than 2,000 and 100 Americans were listed as missing in Southeast Asia whom served in the Vietnam War. Another prisoner of war during the Vietnam War was Douglas Hegdahl who fell off an american navy boat at night where he was lost at sea and found by a Vietnamese fisherman boat.
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