In episode number 949 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast William A. Robinson will be featured. He is one of the longest surviving POWs of the Vietnam War. He is going to be honored by The American Veterans Tribute on Saturday, July 1, 2017 on Pea Hill Creek in Gasburg, Virginia. There was a story about the event in the Brunswick Times Gazette titled: William A. Robinson P.O.W. during Vietnam War to be honored in Gasburg. The story was submitted by Bobby Conner.
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Robinson, a native of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina was born in 1943. He joined the United States Air Force after graduating high school in 1961. In April of 1965 he was sent to Thailand for what was supposed to be a three month tour as a helicopter crew chief. His tour was extended three months and that turned out to be a fateful life changing situation. On September 20, 1965 while flying on a rescue mission in Vietnam his helicopter was shot down. The crew members survived and were taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese. That began a 7 year and 5 month stay in the Hanoi Hilton for Robinson.
There is a story in the The Armed Forces History Museum website titled: One of the Longest Surviving POWs – William Andrew Robinson that tells about Robinson’s Air Force duty leading up to his capture. The story also describes the unique methods he used to survive his harsh ordeal as a POW in Hanoi.
Discover what those unique methods were in episode 949 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast.
Go to: vietnamveterannews.com
Also if you are going to be in the vicinity of Gasburg, Virginia on July 1, 2017 you are encouraged to go to The American Veterans Tribute on Pea Hill Creek to have a good time and honor Vietnam POW William A. Robinson.