The Secret Repatriation Program Browsing around on the internet in 2018, I came across a book written by POW wife Barbara Birchim called ‘Is Anybody Listening?’. The book details Birchim’s journey to understanding her husband’s disappearance in Vietnam, as well as the discrepancies behind her husband’s missing status. In the book she talks about a ‘secret repatriation program’, which was run like a witness protection program. Basically, this program was designed to bring back men who were left behind after the war in a way that would not have political ramifications for both the USA and Vietnam. In other words – no one would ever know. The only way that such a program would work is if the repatriated men agreed to take on a new identity, a new life. Utmost secrecy would be essential to its success. But how would you ensure that secrecy was kept by all parties, and, what sort of men would the US government be interested in bringing back? Unless, of course, the US were only interested in bringing back those who would be useful, and those who could be kept under government control – those like Terry and Jim Birchim who were Special Forces trained. As far fetched as this sounds, I have read separate references to such a program. In June 2018, I found an article referencing the aforementioned program on a POW/MIA website. It stated that George Russell Leard, an Airforce communications and computer specialist, claimed to have worked behind scenes on such a program, although he did not testify before the Senate. Also interesting is the story of Rosemary Conway. Conway was a CIA agent captured and detained by the Laotians on espionage charges in the 1970’s and released in 1975. In 1987 whilst working as an English teacher in Bangkok, Thailand, she met another American man who claimed to have been a POW. He told a story of being sent to a Soviet Bloc country, and escaping via a neighbouring Scandinavian country. He said he was returned to the United States in 1979 and given a new identity, sent to a school in Florida before being sent to work in the Middle East where he met his wife, a Thai woman. The man claimed that his name was Robert Greer. To Conway’s surprise, this name was already familiar to her. In 1984, she had seen a document that had said that Greer had been given a new identity. Robert Greer had been missing-in-action in Vietnam since 1964. The US claims to have repatriated his remains in the form of teeth and a jawbone, extracted from an old grave site – his family accepted these remains, even though the dental charts were provided by the US government. The doubt remains that the teeth did indeed belong to Greer. My thoughts based on what ‘Greer’ said that he was working in the Middle East backs up my assumption that this man was working for the Government. In 1992, Brig. General Lacy testified before Senate that he knew about a secret repatriation program where some MIAs were bought back to the country and channelled via the Veterans Administration. He claims to have personally met one such man in a Veterans Hospital in Oklahoma in 1989. On Sep 1, 2018, I came across a newspaper article on a whim to check the newspaper archives for any correlating information. It paraphrases a book written by Mark Sauter and Jim Sanders called, ‘The Men We Left Behind’. Again, it tells an all too familiar story. The article quotes an unidentified ‘Major’ who claims to have received an anonymous phone call from an old war buddy called ‘Glen Lane’. Problem is, Glen Lane went missing in Laos in 1968 whilst working on a sensitive SOG mission. These were highly secretive Special Forces operations, run undercover in territory where US forces were not legally supposed to be. It was no secret that such missions were CIA funded and run. The ‘Major’ met his old buddy in a bar, and instantly recognised him. The two reconciled over a beer or two, and then Glen Lane told his story. Lane was living under a new name, and identity ‘Gary Brubaker’. Apparently he’d been a POW in Laos, but was left behind after the 1973 Paris Peace accords. He had been switched back and forth between Laos/South Vietnam, then, suddenly, in 1977, his guards gave him some clean clothes and a chance to shave. He was sent to Hanoi, then onto Bangkok where he met a US official. He indicated that he wasn’t the only one to come out during that time. Glen Lane, under this new identity, claimed to be still working for the US Government. If you look up Glen Lane on the internet, you will find him still listed as MIA/PFD (Presumptive Finding of Death). The same status held by Terry, and many others. In conclusion, although still far-fetched sounding, what I felt to be true for Terry seemed to have some basis in reality. What was most stark of all is that I had seen Terry shot in America back in 2007 before I had even known his true identity. I had seen him board the airliner in Vietnam after all the POWs were supposedly home. And here are people saying very similar things, from different sources. My visions were pointing towards being sent to the Soviet Union, as Greer claims to have been in that article. But if Terry was sent to the Soviet Union, then how did Terry get back? In September 2018, a succession of memories came to me. Some of them related to Terry’s life after returning to the USA, which I’ll discuss later. For now, I want to discuss memories of what appears to be Terry’s escape from the USSR.