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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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(p.207) 7 Legacies
The Longest Rescue

Glenn Robins

University Press of Kentucky

When Robinson remarried in 1994, his second wife encouraged him to embrace his legacy as a Vietnam War POW. In additional to returning to Vietnam for the documentary, Robinson became active in two former prisoner of war groups, American Ex-Prisoners of War and NAM-POWs. He has also been a key supporter of the National Prisoner of War Museum, and he frequently speaks to active-duty military groups about his time as a prisoner of war. The U.S. Air Force has formally recognized Robinson's legacy and uses his story as part of its celebration of enlisted service and heritage. This chapter pulls together Robinson's personal legacy and that of his fellow captives in Vietnam and American prisoners of war more generally.

Keywords:   National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Historic Site, Vietnam Wall, American Ex-Prisoners of War, John McCain, Tim Hux, John Frederick, Duane Martin, Darrell Johnson

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