Rick Fredericksen


Rick is an American writer and journalist who lived in the Asia-Pacific region for more than 14 years before returning home to the Midwest. He is a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. Rick covered stories throughout Southeast Asia for multiple news agencies, during a decade of residence in Thailand. He is the last Bangkok Bureau Chief for CBS News. Rick is currently writing his memoirs and recounting important events in American history. His first ebook, "After the Hanoi Hilton," is an accounting of the search for POWs and MIAs after the war in Vietnam.

Smashwords Interview

Why write a book about Vietnam POWs so many years after they were freed?
I have followed the POW/MIA issue from unique perspectives since 1969. First, as the War News Editor for the American Forces Vietnam Network in Saigon, I reported on the battles where Americans were lost. Then, as a Hawaii reporter, I covered repatriation ceremonies for recovered remains as they arrived to be processed and identified, including (at the time) the Unknown Soldier. Finally, I spent 10 years reporting on the post-war diplomacy and search efforts for CBS News. Altogether, I felt I had a compelling story that I wanted to preserve for the historical record during the crucial decade of 1985-95. "After the Hanoi Hilton: An Accounting," reflects my reporting during those years.
Do you think any POWs were left behind?
Anything is possible, but it has been more than 40 years since the known prisoners were released in Hanoi. Since the 1970s, countless live-sighting reports and conspiracy theories have yielded zero Americans. There have been only exaggerations and fabrications. I expect to see more reports alleging that American prisoners were left behind, seen alive, or are still being held captive. And I doubt any of them will be true, although an unexpected homecoming is the ultimate story I have always wanted to cover.
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Where to find Rick Fredericksen online


Author Interview
In early 2013, for the 40th anniversary of Operation Homecoming, the CBS affiliate KCCI-TV questioned the author about the heartbreaking mystery surrounding the many Americans who did not come home after the war.


Lusitania Diary
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,200. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American, Nonfiction » History » Expeditions & Discoveries
100 years after the Lusitania was torpedoed, a passenger’s diary was translated into English, revealing the story of an earlier journey aboard the doomed ocean liner. The author was a 33 year old Danish photographer, who describes his safe voyage to America; the hardships, joys and social life aboard the magnificent ship, seven years before disaster killed nearly 1,200 men, women and children.
Turning Point: Michael Jackson
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,220. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Music, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Celebrity culture
The shocking, public downfall of pop idol Michael Jackson can be traced back to one night in Bangkok, in 1993. Soon after he arrived in the Thai capital on his Dangerous World Tour, shocking allegations were revealed involving a teenage boy in California. Two news reporters, one Thai and one American, share their story in an exposé, commemorating the 20th anniversary of MJ’s turning point.
After the Hanoi Hilton, an Accounting
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,010. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American, Nonfiction » History » Military
When combat ceased across Vietnam, it signaled the start of a cold war over the Americans left behind. As family members agonized, nearly 2,500 POWs and MIAs had become human pieces in a diplomatic chess match that outlasted the war itself. Historic accounts, as they happened, are told by a former Vietnam Marine and CBS News correspondent who covered the complex issue for more than a decade.

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