Former POW Wallace Newcomb recounts his Vietnam War experience

Wallace (Moe) Newcomb, a former U.S. Air Force pilot during the Vietnam War, was 27-years-old when he was deployed from his base in Thailand to strike a North Vietnemese railroad yard during the height of the conflict in 1967.

While over the skies of North Vietnam, Newcomb’s F-105 fighter-bomber was heavily damaged from anti-aircraft fire and he was forced to eject from his aircraft. He was taken prisoner on Aug. 3, 1967, and remained a POW in North Vietnam for nearly six years.

On Saturday, Newcomb told his story to members of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) prior to the group’s monthly meeting at the Benjamin Patterson Inn in Corning, in honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Day next week.

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