In Los Angeles: Prisoners of War

Overhead, huge glass chandeliers hover like Cobra gunships in a white tropical sun. The Los Angeles Marriott Hotel ballroom is a sea of white military formal wear, pink and blue evening dresses, candles and carnations over red carpeting. Nelson Riddle's orchestra swings into What Kind of Fool Am I? as Sammy Davis Jr. hails "our mutual friend" Richard Nixon, then reflects on the song: "I don't think anyone in this room has to re-examine their lives."

This is the fifth-year reunion of U.S. prisoners of war returned from Viet Nam. The guests and their wives have flown into Los Angeles on "space...

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