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The Longest RescueThe Life and Legacy of Vietnam POW William A. Robinson$
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Glenn Robins

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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The Longest Rescue

Glenn Robins

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter presents an overview of the place of the American prisoner of war in history and memory. It explains the public perception of POWs from the Civil War to the present. The chapter also covers the basic detail of the shootdown and capture of Airman First Class Bill Robinson.

Keywords:   Civil War POWs, World War II POWs, Korean War POWs, POWs and popular culture, Michael Durant, POW Medal

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