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Vietnam POWs honored at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Jerry Coffee gives a speech during the commemorative ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of Operation Homecoming April 4, 2013, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Coffee spent seven years and nine days as a prisoner of war in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. He was the pilot of a RA5-C Vigilante reconnaissance aircraft on an intelligence gathering mission over a heavily defended portion of North Vietnam when his aircraft was shot down Feb. 3, 1966. He was held prisoner until Feb. 12, 1973. In 1973, the last Vietnam conflict prisoner of war landed on what was then Hickam Air Force Base. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth/Released)



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This work, Vietnam POWs honored at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam [Image 11 of 18], by TSgt Michael Holzworth, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.04.2013

Date Posted:04.05.2013 20:05

Photo ID:901462

VIRIN:130404-F-MQ656-121

Resolution:4256x2832

Size:1.79 MB

Location:HONOLULU, HI, USGlobe

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  • A joint service honor guard presents the colors during the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Arrival Ceremony, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Nov. 30, 2012, to honor fallen U.S. personnel whose identities remain unknown. An honor detail comprised of joint military members escorted four flag-draped transfer cases from a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III to JPAC’s Central Identification Laboratory for analyses. The remains receiving full military honors represent losses associated with World War II and the Vietnam War are from recent JPAC recovery missions in Kiribati, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Germany, Belgium, France, Canada and Vietnam. Once the transfer cases arrive at JPAC’s laboratory, the forensic process of identifying the individuals will begin. If and when identifications are established, the names will be announced following next-of-kin notification. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)
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