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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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Forget and Move On

Forget and Move On

(p.159) 5 Forget and Move On
The Longest Rescue

Glenn Robins

University Press of Kentucky

The romanticized view of the return of the POWs centers on families reuniting on runways, POWs going to Disney World and receiving lifetime passes from Major League Baseball, and living happily ever after. Bill Robinson's homecoming followed a much different trajectory. This chapter explores the obstacles he encountered in his return to the Air Force. He had setbacks in his personal life as well. He married, but happiness and fulfillment remained elusive. The reunion with his father also proved illusory, and, despite the seven-and-a- half-year ordeal, Robinson spent the next twenty years alienated from his family.

Keywords:   Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Sue Gill, Eglin Air Force Base, Colonel Bud Day

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