Shortly after the Vietnam POWs were released in 1973, the Joint
Chiefs of Staff were to be given a formal debriefing as to what
went on in North Vietnam during the men's captivity. Colonel John
Peter Flynn, the SRO, was to be the briefing officer. Flynn called
Hervy Stockman, one of the POWs and asked him to design an emblem
to represent the group. The idea for the design of the emblem
was Hervy's. He finally settled on the current design with the
flag colors of the United States of America, South Vietnam and
Thailand. The ideas were of the "4th" referred to the
4th war...WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. "Return with Honor"
was the Code of the prisoners - We all go home with honor - or
no one does. Hervy faxed the design to Colonel Flynn, who had
it reproduced to be added to his briefings.
Although the emblem was designed before the NAM-POW organization
was formed, the original emblem was painted and is retained in
the NAM-POW organization's files.
The emblem represented, in the first briefing before
high ranking U. S. Government officials, a solemn symbol to honor
and commemorate the men and women who served as POWs in China
(5); North Vietnam (472); South Vietnam (262); Laos (31) and Cambodia