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, PHILLIP WALLACE Name: Phillip Wallace Manhard Branch/Rank: CIVILIAN Unit: US STATE DEPT 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 Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Missions: 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. REMARKS: 03/73 RELEASED BY PRG CHIEF OF CORDS HIGHEST RANKING CIV CAPTURED DECEASED 1998 No further information available at this time.