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The Longest Rescue: The Life and Legacy of Vietnam POW William A. Robinson

Glenn Robins


On 20 September 1965 Airman First Class Bill Robinson, a helicopter mechanic, was shot down in North Vietnam while serving as a crew chief aboard a U.S. Air Force rescue helicopter. He spent more than seven and a half years in multiple North Vietnamese prison camps, including the Briarpatch and the various compounds at Cu Loc, known by the prisoners as the Zoo. For his actions in Vietnam Robinson received the Air Cross, one of only twenty-three enlisted men ever to earn that honor, and no enlisted man in American military history has been held longer as a prisoner of war than Bill Robinson. Th ... More

Keywords: Bill Robinson, Vietnam POWs, Duane Martin, Briarpatch, Nguyen Kim Lai, propaganda, torture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780813143231
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813143231.001.0001


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Glenn Robins, author

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