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  • Commentary: Laughlin Honor Guard assists with Congressman Johnson’s final goodbye

    The Dyess Air Force Base honor guard program manager, reached out to me unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 regarding assistance for active duty military funeral honors for U.S. Congressman, retired Col. Samuel Robert Johnson, former prisoner of war and prior Thunderbird pilot. Johnson was a decorated fighter pilot in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The colonel was shot down in North Vietnam, suffering a broken arm and broken back. He was captured as a POW and endured torture and solitary confinement for nearly seven years. He was released in Operation Homecoming and returned to the U.S. The veteran went on to give 28 more years in service in the Texas House of Representatives.
  • Laughlin observes national POW/MIA recognition day

    For 47 years, the National League of Families POW/MIA flag, draped in black and adorned with the symbol of service member’s foreign war internment, has sailed during observances, ceremonies, and at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington D.C.
  • 8-year POW recalls return home 45 years later

    Stepping off the bus, recently freed American prisoners of war formed up from the tallest to shortest, stiff at attention facing Capt. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris and with a salute they defied their Vietnamese captors one final time.
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