“To some MIA activist groups, Garwood has become an unlikely champion. Ret. Navy Capt. Eugene “Red” McDaniel, a former POW and president of the American Defense Institute, a group active in MIA issues, is among those who believe Garwood was prosecuted and silenced because of his knowledge of POWs left behind.
“I am convinced they were on a mission, and they carried it out,” McDaniel said of the Pentagon. “The mission was to discredit Garwood because Garwood had seen live American prisoners, because they all were officially supposed to be dead, so they set out to destroy Garwood.””