Nixon Presidential Library Hosts Vietnam Prisoners Of War Reunion

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    May 23, 2013 3:44 PM GMT

    "On Thursday, McGrath and 200 of those men, almost all of them former pilots, will reunite for a three-day celebration at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum that coincides with the 40th anniversary of a star-studded White House dinner hosted by President Nixon to honor their sacrifice.

    At the time, Nixon was embroiled in Watergate, but the former prisoners – now in their 60s and 70s – credit him with their freedom. Nixon resigned a little more than a year after the dinner as he faced near-certain impeachment.

    "He was a hero to us. He will always be revered by us as a group because he got us home, and we didn't know how we were going to get home," said retired U.S. Marine Capt. Orson Swindle, who spent six years and four months in Hanoi prison camps"
  • NJVetteGuy77

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    Jul 31, 2013 8:01 PM GMT
    Here's the address he gave that night to the POW's. Of course, his slam of Daniel Ellsburg received a standing ovation from the men.