Name: Dieter Bellendorf
Rank/Branch: Civilian
Unit: Cameraman, NBC
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record: Germany
Date of Loss: 08 April 1970
Country of Loss: Cambodia
Loss Coordinates: WT998205
Status (in 1973): Prisoner of War
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: auto
Other Personnel in Incident: Georg Gensluckner; Unh Ling Yieng (both captured)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 1991 from one
or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated
by the P.O.W. NETWORK. 2020


SYNOPSIS: German camerman Dieter Bellendorf and Austrian newsman Georg
Gensluckner left Phnom Penh in an automobile on April 8, 1970. They were
accompanied by Cambodian citizen, Ung Ling Yieng, serving as a translator for
the group. The newsmen were heading for the front lines of fighting in Cambodia,
looking for a story as military action in Cambodia had stepped up considerably
at this time. Bellendorf was on assignment for NBC at the time.

Traveling southeast on Route One in eastern Cambodia, the three men were
captured 15 kilometers west of Chi Phu on Route 2 at grid coordinates WT998205.
Various sources including Washington Post and TV Guide articles state that
Bellendorf, at least, was seen twice in captivity, working as a laborer on a
road gang in eastern Cambodia. He apparently was wounded when captured, and
again by a B52 strike.

Author Zalin Grant interviewed returned ARVN POWs in early 1973 and released the
following data supporting other stories indicating journalists could still be
alive. "Returned ARVN POWs sighted the (unnamed) journalists on Route #7, 17
miles south of Snoul in Eastern Cambodia 7-72 in ox-carts pulled by Hondas;
another said a VC captain near Minot, eastern Cambodia (where military American
POWs were released from in 1973) reported the (unnamed) journalists held in 7-72
had cameras; Cambodian national saw (unnamed) journalists in 6-72 at Prince
Sihanouk's FUNK camp south of Route #13 in Kratie Province; returned ARVN POWs
said a guard told them in 3073 that the journalists were still alive and held in
their area." Walter Cronkite reported a sighting of (unnamed) journalists in
January, 1974.

Whether Grant's and Cronkite's information relates to Bellendorf, Gensluckner,
and Yieng is not known. The three are among 22 international journalists still
missing in Southeast Asia, most known to have been captured. For several years
during the war, the correspondents community rallied and publicized the fates of
fellow journalists. After a while, they tired of the effort, and today these men
are forgotten by all but families and friends.

Tragically, nearly the whole world turns its head while thousands of reports
continue to flow in that prisoners are still held in Southeast Asia. Cambodia
offered to return a substantial number of remains of men it says are Americans
missing in Cambodia (in fact the number offered exceeded the number of those
officially missing). But the U.S. has no formal diplomatic relations with the
communist government of Cambodia, and refused to directly respond to this offer.
Although several U.S. Congressmen offered to travel to Cambodia to receive the
remains, they have not been permitted to do so by the U.S.


WASHINGTON—Among the 1,300 Americans still missing in Indochina, there are five who were not there to shoot anyone, drop bombs or napalm on anyone or help in any other way to carry on the U.S. military intervention.

Those five Americans—together with six Japanese, four Frenchmen, an Austrian, a German a Swiss and an Australian—were serving neither side but were there simply to report to the rest of the world the facts of America's longest war....


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