Episode 2604 – Vietnam Vet David Drummond and his important message for all

David Drummond, vietnam veteran news, mack payneEpisode 2604 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story about more about Vietnam Vet David Drummond and his important message for all. The featured story comes from the Asbury Park Press and is titled: ‘It will eat you alive’: How Vietnam POW from Manalapan let go of his hate. It was submitted by Jerry Carino. He is community columnist for the Asbury Park Press, focusing on the Jersey Shore’s interesting people, inspiring stories and pressing issues. Contact him at jcarino@gannettnj.com.

David Drummond is another tremendous representative of the Vietnam Veteran Generation – one as great as any that ever heeded the call of duty from its country. He served as a B-52 pilot in the Vietnam War. In late 1972 his aircraft was shot down while participating in Operation Linebacker II. He survived the crash and 98 days in the Hanoi Hilton.

According to Carino’s story: For many years, David Drummond has told his incredible story to students: How, as an Air Force pilot, he was shot down during the Vietnam War, survived a harrowing ejection as his B-52 bomber plummeted end over end to the ground, then was captured and held as a prisoner of war for 98 grueling days.

On Friday, when the longtime Manalapan resident speaks as part of a National POW/MIA Recognition Day vigil at Memorial Park in Metuchen, he will have a touching epilogue to share.

Drummond ended the story with this statement, “It took a while, but I let go of hate. I know there were people who did bad things. You just can’t hang onto this.”

That’s always been a theme of his presentation, but his return to Vietnam drives the point home.

“This rounds the story out. This closes the loop.”

Listen to episode 2604 and discover more about Vietnam Vet David Drummond and his important message for all.

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