Over the years, several reports have emerged from Vietnam suggesting that some prisoners of war could have been held there long after U.S. forces withdrew in 1973. So, driven by a desire to never abandon a fellow soldier, Faunce decided to follow up on the rumors and see if there was any truth to the tale.
Eventually, Faunce managed to track down the man. And fascinatingly, he claimed to be Sgt. John Hartley Robertson, a Green Beret who was officially declared dead on May 28, 1976. Apparently, however, Robertson did not die; he was captured and tortured by North Vietnamese forces.
The man claiming to be Robertson went on to tell Faunce that he had managed to escape his captors four years later. And while hiding in the woods, he had then been rescued by a local woman. Assuming the identity of her dead husband, he subsequently married her and raised a family in rural Vietnam – where he had remained ever since.