Chapter 7: Not a Widow, Not a Wife
CAPTURED: Shot Down In VietnamJune 26, 2023x

Chapter 7: Not a Widow, Not a Wife

In Part 1 of our two-part focus on the League of Wives, we are introduced to Andrea Rander and Pat Mearns, each young mothers to two girls when their husbands were shot down in North Vietnam.

Guided by expert historian and author Heath Hardage Lee, we set the scene for the League's formation by tracing Andrea and Pat's experiences up until the notification, or lack thereof, that their husbands had been captured.

In the next chapter, we'll focus on how exactly this courageous band of women was able to organize under leader Sybil Stockdale and make a significant impact on the return of their lost men.

You can find Heath's book The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home on Heath's website or anywhere books are sold.

For more info and photos specific to this episode, visit Shot Down in Vietnam is a docuseries from the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Foundation, produced by the team at Foundwave, and respectfully created in honor of Ross Perot, Sr.

If you're interested in learning more about Vietnam POWs, you can visit the new exhibit "CAPTURED" at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA.

This series is produced by Steph Weaver-Weinberg. Original music compositions, foley effects, and mastering from Jonathan Rock. Research, background, and history from Jason Schwartz. Executive production from Joe Lopez & the team at Richard Nixon Foundation and Kali Mason from Perot Family Collections. Co-executive production, interviewing, and hosting by Tyler Russell McCusker.

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