LESLIE BOND was born in Camden, New Jersey on
Captain Bond’s status remained “missing in action” until February 6, 1979, when his status was administratively changed to “killed in action”. Since his remains have yet to be recovered and returned, he is listed by the Department of Defense as unaccounted for in Southeast Asia.
Sadly, Ronald Bond's parents and family were among the many whose emotions were played with by all sorts of people for all sorts of reasons, almost none of them good. This web-site http://www.miafacts.org/ provides facts about the issue of Americans who remain "missing in action" (MIA) from the Vietnam War. At the conclusion of the Vietnam War, 2,583 Americans did not return. A vast mythology has built up around what really happened to these individuals. Misinformation, pseudo-history, and deliberate fabrication are rampant. As a result, myths are regularly proclaimed to be fact. The site destroys those myths.
Not all US POWs were released by their captors at the end of the Vietnam War.
The U.S. government knew that all POWs were not released.
All U.S. POWs captured during the Vietnam War were released, either at Operation Homecoming (spring, 1973) or earlier.
The only men captured and not released are 113 who died in captivity; their identities and the circumstances of their deaths are known; some of their remains have been recovered/returned..
No U. S. prisoners of war have been abandoned by the U. S. government.
No U.S. POWs from Indochina were taken to the Soviet Union, China, or any other third country.
who were aboard planes that were witnessed crashing into the ocean ten
seconds after take-off from an aircraft carrier, but whose bodies were
not recovered, are listed as "missing".
While it is obviously preferable to recover the bodies of those lost, it is not always possible. The practice of counting the KNOWN DEAD as POWs and/or MIAs to "pump the numbers" is disgraceful and dishonors everyone, the dead, the legitimately missing, the families, and those who currently serve.
The U.S. government has been -- since well before the end of the Vietnam War -- exerting all possible efforts to recover or account for missing men. That effort continues today and is unprecedented in the history of warfare. Those who promote these false claims have produced a vast array of half-truth, untruth, hearsay, unsubstantiated claims, personal attacks, and mythology. The accumulated effect of years of nonsense has been exactly what one would expect:
The big lie has been accepted as truth in some quarters.
Every year I visit the wall usually on your casualty date. since the walls dedication I have written you a yearly up date on my life. with the hopes that some day you will come home and read them, Ronnie. About 8 years ago your mom gave me another bracelet with your name on it, this one has your picture. I wear them both. Every time I go home I visit the town memorial and place some flowers there for you Ronnie you are deeply missed I hope some day you can come home.
I wore his POW/MIA bracelet in the 70s
I am overwhelmed with emotion ~ I just didn't want this hero's comment section to be empty. I wore his POW/MIA bracelet in the 70s. I feel somehow tied to him, and I wanted anybody who reads this to know that this hero is not forgotten by the young girl who prayed for this young man and still thinks about him and his family. My heart will always hold a place for him. I would love to make contact with anyone who knew Capt. Ronald L. Bond. (My bracelet says Lt. Ronald L. Bond ~ 9/30/71.) I don't know what else to say ~ so I'll leave with the song "(You are the) Wind Beneath My Wings". Ronald, did you ever know that you're my hero?
My Adopted MIA
Capt. Ronald L. Bond, My name is Ken Hampton. I'm a 2005 Junior at Sam Houston High School in Arlington, TX. As part of a class assignment on Vietnam MIA's, I learned your story and shared it with my classmates. I learned of your sacrifice and will remember you.
I bought Ronald Bond's bracelet at the Viet Nam Veteran's Memorial in 1994. It was a pleasant surprise to see that he was from my home state of NJ. I have worn his bracelet every day since 1994 and visited him at the VVM and at the Air Force Academy where his name is listed among those graduates killed and missing at the Air Force Academy Chapel. Thanks to the wonder of the internet, I have also contacted his parents to remind them that there are millions of us who have not forgotten our Viet Nam veterans and thousands of us who have not forgotten Ronald Bond in particular.
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