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The Men of The Party Dolls Story

Air Force Capt. Ed Atterberry, one of the party dolls, in 1966 prior to his deployment to the Vietnam War. (Courtesy photo).

Air Force Capt. John Dramesi, one of the party dolls, in a pre-shootdown official photo. (Courtesy photo).

Air Force Lt. Col. Konrad Trautman, senior-ranking American among the Annex POWs, following his release. (Courtesy photo).

Air Force Capt. Bill Baugh in Vietnam prior to his shootdown and capture. (Courtesy photo).

Air Force Capt. Don Heiliger in a pre-shootdown. (Courtesy photo).

Air Force Lt. Col. Lauren Lengyel in an official photo a few years after his release. (Courtesy photo).

Air Force Lt. Col. Mike McCuistion in an official photo a few years after his release. (Courtesy photo).

Navy Lieutenant John Michael McGrath, pre-shootdown. (Courtesy photo).

Air Force Capt. Al Meyer pre-shootdown. (Courtesy photo).

Air Force Lt. Col. Wally Newcomb in an official photo a few years after his release. (Courtesy photo).

Air Force Lt. Col. Glenn Wilson in an official photo a few years after his release. (Courtesy photo).

News clipping from The Idaho Daily Statesman (05/18/1966)

News clipping from The Oregonian (06/27/1970)

Series of a USAF RF-4C reconnaissance aircraft being shot down by an SA-2 on Aug. 12, 1967 near Hanoi, North Vietnam. Capts. Edwin Atterberry and Thomas Parrott were captured after ejecting. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Series of a USAF RF-4C reconnaissance aircraft being shot down by an SA-2 on Aug. 12, 1967 near Hanoi, North Vietnam. Capts. Edwin Atterberry and Thomas Parrott were captured after ejecting. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force Captain Ed Atterberry is on the right (man on the left is unidentified), in front of an RF-4 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, in 1966, prior to his Vietnam War deployment. Photo courtesy of the Atterberry family.

Air Force Captain Ed Atterberry is on the right (man on the left is unidentified), in front of an RF-4 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, in 1966, prior to his Vietnam War deployment. Photo courtesy of the Atterberry family.

Konrad Trautman, in an undated news file photo prior to his shootdown and capture. © Times Record News – USA TODAY NETWORK. Used by permission.

Bill Baugh after his shootdown and capture Jan. 21, 1967, his jaw broken and misshaped from crashing his parachute through the jungle canopy. Photo courtesy of the Baugh family.

Bill Baugh is greeted by Air Force officials as he steps off the plane and onto U.S. soil. Photo courtesy of the Baugh family.

All of the men involved in the Party, except Ed Atterberry, came home during Operation Homecoming in early 1973. Mary Baugh, wife of Bill Baugh, provided this heart-tugging image of the Baughs’ reunion.

A reception for Bill Baugh in his hometown of Piqua, Ohio after Operation Homecoming in 1973

Former POW Mike McGrath sketched this 2021 image of the top of an Annex wall. Broken bottles are embedded in concrete, topped by barbed and electric wire.

Author George Hayward took this pencil rubbing of Ed Atterberry’s name from The Wall–the Vietnam War Memorial–in 1994. It is pinned to the wall facing his desk at his home office. On The Wall, Atterberry’s name is found at panel 24E, line 102.

Former POW Bill Baugh officiated author George Hayward’s 1991 reenlistment ceremony.

Atterberry’s status as a POW was known in the U.S. via a North Vietnamese newspaper photo, reprinted in U.S. media. In these media images purchased by the author, Atterberry is the man on the right. At left is part of the military ID card for Thomas Parrott, Atterberry’s backseater. Tom Norris, center, also was an Annex prisoner, and was held for months with some of the men involved in the Party.

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This scale model of the Zoo-Annex complex is displayed in a POW exhibit at the U.S. Navy’s Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Virginia. The Annex is the middle of the three walled sections.  The party dolls would go over the wall facing the bottom of the image, almost in the center of the image. Read more about the exhibit here. Artifact and photo courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command.