Vietnam War POW: Foreign Service POW Returns! Vietnam POW – Philip W. Manhard’s Escape




Two years ago I was lucky enough to purchase a large collection of 35mm color slides from a family in New Hampshire. The 5000+ 35mm slides were taken by an unnamed member of the US Foreign Service who was a key member in international affairs in the late 1960s and early 1970s. I’m being judicious and only posting very interesting photos from his collection, and in this example I’m posting a photo of Philip W. Manhard upon his return from Vietnam.   This was his “welcome back” party from being  POW.

I’ve sent a bulk of the 35mm slides to a close member of the Manhard family and hope they will trickle down to the younger relatives.  Special thanks to Dick Manhard for responding to my letter and accepting the slides seen in this post.

Philip W. Manhard as a POW:

Ambassador Henry Broade, Philip Manhard, Noel Gaylor

Original caption: Clark Base, Philippines. U.S. Ambassador to the Phillipines Henry Byroade, gives a handshake to Philip Manhard, highest ranking Civilian captured by the communist, after he arrived here 3/16 following his release. Mayhard, of McLean, Virginia, was a provincial advisor when caaptured in 1969. Center os admiral Noel Gayler, commander Oacific Naval Forces.

Manhard Leaving Plane

Manhard Leaving Plane



Name: Phillip Wallace Manhard
Branch/Rank: CIVILIAN
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record:
Date of Loss: 01-February-68
Country of Loss: SOUTH VIETNAM
Loss Coordinates: 162736  North  1073302 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1013

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.




No further information available at this time.

10 thoughts on “Vietnam War POW: Foreign Service POW Returns! Vietnam POW – Philip W. Manhard’s Escape

  1. Hello, I was thrilled to see these pictures of my father, as I now live in France and have little access to his archives. He would be very proud of his grandchildren – binationals – who are both in college, one in the United States and one in France, pursuing degrees in international fields. Thank you so much for sharing.

      • Hi, Brennan, I am sorry for answering so late. I am still very new to all this social media stuff and have just logged back into wordpress after a very long absence. I will write to you on your e-mail address — mine is — (name is Virginia Lubin now, but Manhard before). As far as help from Continental Europe, I will be visiting the D-Day beaches the first week in May and am fluent in French. I highly recommend the Memorial at Caen if you ever get over this way. My interest in war is understanding it well enough to know that it is the very last resort for a civilized world … best to you

      • Hello Brennan, I don’t know if you are still active. I have had a lot of things to deal with these past 5 years and have not been very available. I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and in a couple of months I will have a bit more time. I speak perfect French and live in Brittany. I am on the Board of Directors of the Franco-American Institute in Rennes, which is an organization dedicated to promote cultural understanding between France and the USA. I will think about what I could help you with and I hope if you are still active, you will keep me in mind as a possible resource. Sorry for the long silence, all the best, Virginia

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