A new documentary portrays the supposed finding of a long lost Vietnam veteran.
Unclaimed, a documentary from Canadian filmmaker Michael Jorgensen, purports to find Master Sergeant John Hartley Robertson, who was presumed dead in 1968.
Sgt Robertson was thought to have died after his helicopter was shot down over Laos on a classified US Army mission.
Sgt Robertson’s family has long believed he was alive, claiming to have documents supporting that theory, including reports that he was living in a Vietnamese prison.
Shelby Robertson Quast, the soldier’s granddaughter, was told he was alive when she travelled to Cambodia. Her mother, Barbara, said in the early 1990s she had documents proving he was alive.
In the documentary, Sgt Robertson reportedly appears forgetful, according to The Star’s report, perhaps suffering from dementia.
He appears to forget the names of his American children and other details, including his birthday.
Sgt Robertson’s wife and two children initially agreed to DNA testing for the film, but then backed out.
Odd that they would back out of DNA testing if this is indeed their father even after being convinced he was still alive. But this would be quite a blow to them. Perhaps they suspect something or they don’t want to know? The piece mentions a lot of emotional stuff going on but not much in terms of evidence.
But wait… there’s more. Hmm, this page shows that the Faunce story, on which this documentary is based, is a dupe.
Sorry that the information concerning John Hartley Robertson (JHR) flying around the net for the past days, has become confusing.
According to persons in the USG, working in Phnom Phen, the Caucasian depicted in the photo has been proven not to be JHR, but to be a French citizen, long time in Cambodia, with a Vietnamese wife, and several children. Proof was produced by a DNA sample, more than one year back.
On receiving a message via email, for a solid contact, from the USG, with this info, who received this from his USG organization in Cambodia, I have become convinced that the brothers Faunce (Joseph and Thomas) are being duped by this Caucasian, whose language is pidgin English and Viet.
I did speak to Joseph Faunce on 25 Feb, prior to his departure / return to Cambodia that very day. These Faunce lads seem thoroughly convinced (that) they have JHR, but those USG personnel on the ground, who have taken DNA from this same man (according to the info I received) are certain this man is a fraud. I wish this was not true; however, it surely seems to be true.
I’m not sure what to think about either of these sources. So I’ll make no judgement except to say this sort of stuff must be really hard on the family. They need closure and aren’t getting it.
What’s really going on here?
The trailer for the documentary “Unclaimed”
UPDATE (1-May-2013): This is now getting around
Had it been true, it would have been one of the most gripping war stories of all time.
But sadly it looks as if the man found living in the Vietnam jungle, who a new documentary claims is ‘long dead’ US army veteran Sgt John Hartley Robertson, is likely to be a fraud.
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