Patricia L. Mosure and Stephen G. Patten

Middle East, CBS News, Far East

MIAs, POWs, CIA, War on Terror

When the U.S. sends its young men and women overseas to war, those Americans must know if they are captured, if they are lost, if they falter, America will come back to get them.  The United States of America does not leave its troops behind.

This is a story of a CBS News reporter, Steve Patten, striving to maintain that pledge.  It covers over 40 years, from when he was a U.S. Marine serving in South Vietnam to the wars he reported on in the Middle East, the Far East, and Central America, including the current war on terror.  It also takes place in wars of a different kind as he becomes a target himself.

Unjustly accused by CBS News management of being an undercover agent for the Central Intelligence Agency, Patten fights on in his search for POWs and MIAs.  Working also to clear his name, he demands CBS disclose its secret sources for its CIA allegation when CBS told him, “The word on the streets of Beirut is you’re dirty.”  His confrontation with CBS goes all the way to the president of CBS Inc. and the CBS corporate board.

This book is intended to inform you, the reader, of efforts to bring lost Americans home and of the career of a journalist involved in those efforts.  Most of all, this book is intended to keep faith with our heroes and our heroines.

Co-author Pattie Mosure is the president of Lee & Grant International ( and the wife of a 20-year U.S. Army veteran.  Co-author Steve Patten is the foreign correspondent of this book and editor of Lee & Grant International. He was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.


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