ACCESSION NUMBER:230341 FILE ID:EP-502 DATE:06/05/92 TITLE:PEROT TO TELL SENATE PANEL OF HIS POW/MIA ACTIVITIES (06/05/92) TEXT:*92060502.EPF *EPF502 06/05/92 * PEROT TO TELL SENATE PANEL OF HIS POW/MIA ACTIVITIES (Article on Senate committee press release) (360) By Jim Shevis USIA Staff Writer Washington -- Undeclared presidential candidate H. Ross Perot is among a number of witnesses slated to tell a Senate panel what they know of the government's efforts to account for missing American servicemen in Indochina. Perot is scheduled to appear before the Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs during panel hearings planned for June 30-July 1. An earlier round of hearings is set for June 24-25. The committee said it will focus on Perot's trip to Southeast Asia in 1969-70 to seek the release of American prisoners of war through private measures. The panel said it also intends to question the wealthy Texas businessman about the Reagan administration's POW/MIA efforts, including its assignment to Perot and his report, and Perot's continuing, present involvement on behalf of POW/MIAs. Witnesses at the second round of hearings include former and present administration officials as well as Perot. In a June 5 press release, Committee Chairman John Kerry (Democrat of Massachusetts) and Vice Chairman Bob Smith (Republican of New Hampshire) said that the witnesses may have important insights into what the U.S. government has done in behalf of its missing servicemen since the Vietnam War ended. "Each has gained a unique perspective from work dating back to the time when many of us were serving in Vietnam, and these hearings will enhance the committee's efforts significantly," said Senator Kerry, a highly decorated combat officer during the Vietnam War . "Secrecy has obscured our understanding of how American servicemen were left unaccounted for," said Senator Smith, who also served in combat during the Vietnam War and who is also much decorated from that longest war in American history. "These hearings are an important step in learning what the U.S. government knew in 1973 about these men." One of the issues the committee seeks to resolve is whether the Defense Intelligence Agency knew of any American servicemen alive in Indochina after "Operation Homecoming," the 1973 exchange of U.S. and Vietnamese prisoners. NNNN .