Downed US Airman Davy Waddell was taken prisoner by Vietnamese communist fighters in 1967, and was released in 1973. A photo taken by GDR war correspondent Thomas Bilhart shows a female guerrilla holding an American soldier captive and leading him down a country road.
The picture was made for propaganda purposes, so a really small woman was used as a guard to make the captured airman look more ruthless. Photographer Billhart met Davy Waddell in 1998. Waddell told him that the photo had left his family and the U.S. has made a positive impact on their lives by helping them to know that they are alive.
North Vietnam's dealings with American airmen in invaded and occupied North Vietnam was the subject of controversy and concern throughout the Vietnam War.
From the beginning of the war, North Vietnam's stated position was that American prisoners captured in North Vietnam were "war criminals" who had committed crimes against the North Vietnamese people during an illegal war of invasion and were therefore American prisoners of the Geneva Convention. are not entitled to the privileges and rights granted to prisoners of war (POWs) under the terms of the