A True American Traitor: RONALD D. SAMPSON, CMSgt, USAF


A True American Traitor


Long after she’s dead people will wonder how she did what

she did and was never put on trial.  Some thought being married to Tom Haydn was

punishment enough.  Many thought there was no such thing as enough, nor was

there anything like justice around.




 In Memory of

 my brother-in-law

 LT. C. Thomsen Wieland

 who spent 100 days at the Hanoi Hilton



She really was a Traitor





This is for all the kids born in the 70’s who do not

remember, and didn’t have to bear the burden that our fathers, mothers and

older brothers and sisters had to bear.


 Jane Fonda is being honored as one of the ‘100 Women

of the Century.’




Unfortunately, many have forgotten and still countless

others have never known how Ms. Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our country,

but specific men who served and sacrificed during Vietnam 


The first part of this is from an F-4E pilot The

pilot’s name is Jerry Driscoll,

a River Rat.


In 1968, the former Commandant of the USAF Survival

School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison the ‘ Hanoi Hilton.’


Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed,

and dressed in clean PJ’s, he was ordered to describe for a visiting

American ‘Peace Activist’ the ‘lenient and humane treatment’

he’d received.





He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed and was dragged away.

During the subsequent beating, he fell forward on to the

camp Commandant ‘s feet which sent that officer berserk


In 1978, the Air Force Colonel still suffered from double

vision (which permanently ended his flying career) from the Commandant’s

frenzied application of a wooden baton.


 From 1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO

(F-4E’s). He spent 6 years in the ‘Hanoi Hilton’,,, the first three

of which his family only knew he was ‘missing in action’.  His wife

 lived on faith that he was still alive.  His group, too, got the  cleaned-up,

 fed and get word to the world that they were alive and still survived.. Each man

 secreted a tiny piece of paper, with his Social Security Number on it, in the

 palm of his hand..



When paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she walked

the line, shaking each man’s hand and asking little encouraging snippets

like: ‘Aren’t you sorry you bombed babies?’ and ‘Are you grateful for the humane

treatment from your benevolent captors?’


Believing this HAD to be an act, they each palmed her

their sliver of paper.

She took them all without missing a beat. At the end of

the line and once the camera stopped rolling, to the shocked disbelief of the

POWs, she turned to the officer in charge and handed him all the little pieces

of paper.



Three men died from the subsequent beatings.  Colonel

Carrigan was almost number four but he survived, which is the only reason we

know of her actions that day.


 I was a civilian economic development advisor in Vietnam

, and was captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South Vietnam in 1968,

and held prisoner for over 5 years.


 I spent 27 months in solitary confinement; one year in a

cage in Cambodia ; and one year in a ‘black box’ in Hanoi .  My North

Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered a female missionary, a

nurse in a leprosarium in Ban me Thuot, South

Vietnam , whom I buried in the jungle near the Cambodian


 At one time, I weighed only about 90 lbs. (My normal

weight is 170 lbs.) 



 We were Jane Fonda’s ‘war criminals.’


 When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi , I was asked by the camp

communist political officer if I would be willing to meet with her.  I said yes,

for I wanted to tell her about the real treatment we POWs received… and how

different it was from the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and

parroted by her as ‘humane and lenient.’


Because of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on

my knees, with my arms outstretched with a large steel weights placed on my

hands, and beaten with a bamboo cane.


I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda  soon after

I was released.

I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on TV.

She never did answer me.


These first-hand experiences do not exemplify someone who

should be honored as part of  ‘100 Years of Great Women.’  Lest we

forget…’ 100 Years of Great Women’

should never include a traitor whose hands are covered

with the blood of so many patriots.  There are few things I have strong visceral

reactions to, but Hanoi Jane’s participation in blatant treason, is one of


It will eventually end up on her computer and

she needs to know that we will never forget.



716 Maintenance Squadron, Chief of


DSN: 875-6431

COMM: 883-6343  



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