Kinston POW Advocate, Vietnam Veteran Ted Sampley Dies

Vietnam War veteran who led a fight to force Vietnam to release or explain what happened to prisoners of war or missing U.S. troops has died.

Former Green Beret Ted Sampley died Tuesday on his way to the VA Medical Center in Durham after experiencing problems from a recent heart surgery.

He was 62.

Garner Funeral Home in Kinston confirmed his death but said a funeral has not been scheduled.

Sampley was honorably discharged in 1973, and became an advocate for POWs about 10 years later.

He led the National Steering Committee for American War Veterans, whose efforts included searching for human remains in Vietnam in 1998. Members also left packages at the Laotian Embassy for POWs they believed were being held captive in Laos.

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