Jane Fonda Urban Legends

 

 

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From: Arlene & Elliott
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 12:05 AM
To: John Dennison
Subject: Jane Fonda

I'm writing to ask you if you can verify or shed some light on an incident regarding Jane Fonda.  I heard that the POW's handed her slips of paper bearing their social security numbers with the idea and hope that she would turn them over to the prisoner's families which would let the families know their men were alive.  After she received them she allegedly turned these papers over to the North Vietnamese prison authorities.  Can you tell me if this is a true story?  Thanks for your time and consideration.  Elliott Steele

My Response to Elliott's e-mail:

Elliott,
 
The answer to your question is this information is false.  For the past several years there has been several different e-mails being passed around on the internet containing false and truthful information about Jane Fonda.  Here is one version of the this e-mail.  Below this message you will see my comments on what is truthful and what is false:

 

A TRAITOR IS ABOUT TO BE HONORED: KEEP THIS MOVING ACROSS AMERICA

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.
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 clothed routine in preparation for a "peace delegation" visit. They, however, had time and devised a plan to 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 border. 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 them. Please take the time to forward to as many people as you possibly can. It will eventually end up on her computer and she needs to know that we will never forget. RONALD D. SAMPSON, CMSgt, USAF 716 Maintenance Squadron, Chief of Maintenance
DSN: 875-6431 COMM: 883-6343

Lakeland , FL

Here is the break down on what is truthful and what is false from this e-mail:

  • Jane Fonda was honored by Barbara Walters in her special on ABC by being one of the top 100 most influential women of the century on April 30, 1999.  True
  • The passing of slips of papers to Jane Fonda and subsequent beatings that caused the death of three men is False
  • The story about LTC Jerry Driscoll is False
  • The story about Col. Larry Carrigan is False.
  • The story about the civilian (Michael Benge) is True.  It came from post he made on the internet at the Advocacy And Intelligence Index —April 28, 1999

As you can see all of the information in this letter was old and contained false information mixed with some truths.  It is unknown who started this urban legend on Jane Fonda.  This disinformation on Jane Fonda may have came from Jane Fonda's supporters since it was very easy to prove it to be false.  By doing so, Jane Fonda becomes the victim and truthful statements about Jane Fonda would now come into question.
 
People have forgotten or were never taught that Jane Fonda was an admitted Communist Revolutionary who stated in 1972 "I am not a do-gooder, I am a revolutionary. A revolutionary woman".  In a 1970 interview with the People's World, a Communist Party publication,  she stated: "To make the revolution in the United States is a slow day by day job that requires patience and discipline. It is the only way to make it. . . . All I know is that despite the fact that I am one of the people who benefit from a capitalist society, I find that any system which exploits other people cannot and should not exist."
 
We were fighting Communist aggression in Viet Nam.  This aggression was part of Russia's overall plain for world domination through communism by using their strategy called "Wars of National Liberation"*.  The seed for this new strategy was planted throughout the world, including the United States.  Viet Nam was the major proving ground for this new strategy.
 
* Wars of National Liberation -

Russia was seeking Communist domination of the world during the Cold War.  The Cuban missile crisis made it very plain that the United States and Russia could not go head to head in a direct conflict without having the consequences of a nuclear war.  Russia therefore, developed a new strategy called "Wars of National Liberation".  This new strategy would have insurgents in countries up rise against their existing government.  Russia provided support to these insurgents in the forms of supplies and advisors.  The United States in turn, would provide the same support for the exciting government or let those countries fall to Communism.

 
You may want to view Snopes to see their information on Jane Fonda  http://www.snopes.com/military/fonda.asp
 

I hope this answers some of your questions.

 
John D. Dennison

 

Additional Articles on Jane Fonda:

Jane Fonda A.K.A. "Hanoi Jane"

Fonda Admitted to Being a Socialist and Revolutionary

My Response to a letter titled "God Bless Jane"

Democides in Communist and Democratic Regimes

Jane Fonda Anti-War Demonstrator and Communism in the United States

 

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