Former POW Celebrates 30 Years Of Freedom (Charles Brown)

As U.S. prisoners of war in Iraq await their freedom, Col. Charles Brown, 439th Maintenance Group commander here recalled the end of his own POW experience 30 years earlier.

On April 1, 1973, a young, Captain Brown walked off a C-9 Nightingale onto the tarmac here after spending 101 days as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese. He was imprisoned at the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” after his B-52 Stratofortress was hit by a missile Dec. 19, 1972.

Brown’s experience as a POW takes on renewed significance in light of current events in Iraq. “It brings back old memories,” he said.

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