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Uncandid Camera

The grainy photo of a smiling middle-aged man bore a striking resemblance to Army Captain Donald G. Carr, who was shot down over Laos in 1971. So much so that his relatives, like those of many of the 2,273 U.S. servicemen listed as missing in action, dared to believe that their loved one was still alive in Southeast Asia. But the Carr family was the victim of a cruel fraud.

The photo, purporting to show the missing soldier in a Laotian prison camp, turned out to be that of a German national named Gunther Dittrich. The man's identity, first reported by...