Smith-Bryant Post 572

********************

Colonel Joe Milligan, POW 1966-1973, holding his "Hanoi Hilton" brick. Photo by Milligan

August 21, 2021: A joint operation by San Angelo's veteran's groups including the American Legion, All-Vets Council, Heritage Chapter, EC-47 History Site, and the USAF Doggers to award former US prisoners-of-war held in North Vietnam with a brick recovered from the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison. More to follow as this outreach project continues. Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Colonel Milligan's service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.   

***************************

Air Force Lt. Col. Mel Pollack flying an F-4C was shot down over Vietnam on 6 July 1967. Photo courtesy Pollack.

August 28, 2021, Update: A joint operation by San Angelo's veteran's groups including the American Legion, All-Vets Council, Heritage Chapter, EC-47 History Site, and the USAF Doggers to award former US prisoners-of-war held in North Vietnam with a brick recovered from the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison. More to follow as this outreach project continues. Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Lt. Col. Pollack's service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE. 

***************************

USAF Col Tom Norris flying an F-105 was shot down over Vietnam on 12 August 1967. Photo by Norris.

August 28, 2021, Update: A joint operation by San Angelo's veteran's groups including the American Legion, All-Vets Council, Heritage Chapter, EC-47 History Site, and the USAF Doggers to award former US prisoners-of-war held in North Vietnam with a brick recovered from the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison. More to follow as this outreach project continues. Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Colonel Norris's service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************

Navy Cmdr Ted Stier flying an F-4B was shot down over Vietnam on 19 Nov 1967. Photo by Stier.

August 28, 2021, Update: A joint operation by San Angelo's veteran's groups including the American Legion, All-Vets Council, Heritage Chapter, EC-47 History Site, and the USAF Doggers to award former US prisoners-of-war held in North Vietnam with a brick recovered from the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison. More to follow as this outreach project continues. Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Commander Stier's service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************

Navy Captain Wayne K. Goodermote flying in an RA-5C was shot down on 13 August 1967 over NVN. Photo by Goodermote.

August 30, 2021, Update: An ongoing project to present bricks from the infamous Hoa Lo prison (aka Hanoi Hilton) in North Vietnam to former U.S. POWs held captive there during the Vietnam War. Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Captain Goodermote's service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************

AF Col 'Mo" Baker and his brick display. "Mo" spent 2030 days as a POW in North Vietnam. Photo by Baker.

September 3, 2021, Update: The ongoing project supported by the USAF Doggers, Heritage Chapter-FTVA, EC-47 History Site, American Legion, Tom Green County All Vets Council, and VFW presenting "Hanoi Hilton" bricks to former US service personnel that were held captive by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War.  Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Colonel Baker's service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************

Joe Crecca's Challenge Coin - He was shot down on 22 Nov 1966 after flying 74 1/2 missions over N. Vietnam!
There is a great picture (2007) of Joe and his wife, Joan, in the linked Veteran Tributes publication below. Photo by Crecca.

September 6, 2021, Update: The ongoing project supported by the USAF Doggers, Heritage Chapter-FTVA, EC-47 History Site, American Legion, Tom Green County All Vets Council, and VFW presenting "Hanoi Hilton" bricks to former US service personnel that were held captive by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War.  Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Major Joseph Crecca's USAF career service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************

 

Paul Schultz and his brick - Navy Captain Paul Schultz' F-4 was shot down on 16 Nov 1966. He was released in Feb 1973. Photo by Schultz.

September 8, 2021, Update: The ongoing project supported by the USAF Doggers, Heritage Chapter-FTVA, EC-47 History Site, American Legion, Tom Green County All Vets Council, and VFW presenting "Hanoi Hilton" bricks to former US service personnel that were held captive by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War.  Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Captain Schultz'  career service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************

 

"Moe" Newcomb, USAF F-105 pilot, shot down on 3 Aug 1967, released on 14 March 1973. Photo by Newcomb.

September 9, 2021, Update: The ongoing project supported by the USAF Doggers, Heritage Chapter (FTVA), the EC-47 History Site, American Legion Post 572, Tom Green County All Vets Council, and VFW Post 1815 to present "Hanoi Hilton" bricks to former American prisoners-of-war held captive by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War.  Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Lt. Col. Newcomb's career service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************

Army SFC Ken Wallingford was captured in South Vietnam on 7 April 1972 and released on 12 February 1973. Photo by Wallingford.

September 11, 2021, Update: An ongoing project by the USAF Doggers, Heritage Chapter (FTVA), the EC-47 History Site, American Legion Post 572, Tom Green County All Vets Council, and VFW Post 1815 to present former American prisoners-of-war held captive by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War with bricks from the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison in Hanoi, North Vietnam. Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about SFC Wallingford's career service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************

USAF Capt Ralph Galati and his F-4 were shot down on 2 February 1972. He was released by the Vietnamese in March 1973. Photo by Galati.

September 12, 2021, Update: An ongoing project by the USAF Doggers, Heritage Chapter (FTVA), the EC-47 History Site, American Legion Post 572, Tom Green County All Vets Council, and VFW Post 1815 to present former American prisoners-of-war held captive by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War with bricks from the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison in Hanoi, North Vietnam. Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Captain Galati's career service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************



Tom Hanton (and his F-4E) was shot down on 27 June 1972. He was repatriated in March 1973. Photo by Hanton

September 18, 2021, Update: Part of the ongoing project by the USAF Doggers, Heritage Chapter (FTVA), EC-47 History Site, American Legion Post 572, and the Tom Green County All-Vets Council to present former US prisoners-of-war held captive in the infamous North Vietnamese Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, sarcastically referred to by the POWs as the "Hanoi Hilton", with bricks retrieved during its partial demolition in 1993.  Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Tom Hanton's career service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.


***************************



AF Capt David Drummond, who was shot down in his B-52 on 22 December 1972, accepting a Hanoi
Hiltonbrick from Rich Bini in a ceremony held in Manalapan, New Jersey. Photo by Drummond

September 18, 2021, Update: Part of the ongoing project by the USAF Doggers, Heritage Chapter (FTVA), EC-47 History Site, American Legion Post 572, and the Tom Green County All-Vets Council to present former US prisoners-of-war held captive in the infamous North Vietnamese Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, sarcastically referred to by the POWs as the "Hanoi Hilton", with bricks retrieved during its partial demolition in 1993.  Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about David Drummond's career service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************

Lynn Beens, B-52 navigator, shot down during Linebacker II, 21 Dec 1972. Released in March 1973. Photo by Beens

September 22, 2021, Update: Part of the ongoing project by the USAF Doggers, Heritage Chapter (FTVA), EC-47 History Site, American Legion Post 572, and the Tom Green County All-Vets Council to present former US prisoners-of-war held captive in the infamous North Vietnamese Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, sarcastically referred to by the POWs as the "Hanoi Hilton", with bricks retrieved during its partial demolition in 1993.  Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Lynn Beens' career service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************

AF Captain Gregg Hanson, F-4 pilot, shot down 13 June 1972 over North Vietnam.
Returned to American control in March 1973. Photo by Hanson

September 22, 2021, Update: Part of the ongoing project by the USAF Doggers, Heritage Chapter (FTVA), EC-47 History Site, American Legion Post 572, and the Tom Green County All-Vets Council to present former US prisoners-of-war held captive in the infamous North Vietnamese Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, sarcastically referred to by the POWs as the "Hanoi Hilton", with bricks retrieved during its partial demolition in 1993.  Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Gregg Hanson's career service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************



"Tail Gunner" Gary Morgan and his B-52 were shot down on 22 Dec 1972 and released by the
North Vietnamese in March 1973. Photo by Morgan

September 23, 2021, Update: Part of the ongoing project by the USAF Doggers, Heritage Chapter (FTVA), EC-47 History Site, American Legion Post 572, and the Tom Green County All-Vets Council to present former US prisoners-of-war held captive in the infamous North Vietnamese Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, sarcastically referred to by the POWs as the "Hanoi Hilton", with bricks retrieved during its partial demolition in 1993.  Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Gary Morgan's career service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************

Former AF Captain John Cerak, an F-4 pilot, was shot down over North Vietnam on June 27, 1972.
Cerak was ultimately released by the North Vietnamese on March 28, 1973. Photo by Cerak

September 25, 2021, Update: Part of the ongoing project by the USAF Doggers, Heritage Chapter (FTVA), EC-47 History Site, American Legion Post 572, and the Tom Green County All-Vets Council to present former US prisoners-of-war held captive in the infamous North Vietnamese Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, sarcastically referred to by the POWs as the "Hanoi Hilton", with bricks retrieved during its partial demolition in 1993.  Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about John Cerak's career service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************


Lt. Col. Marion "Tony" Marshall, F-4 Weapons System Officer, shot down on 3 July 1972
and finally released on 29 March 1973. Photo by Marshall.

September 28, 2021, Update: Part of the ongoing project by the USAF Doggers, Heritage Chapter (FTVA), EC-47 History Site, American Legion Post 572, and the Tom Green County All-Vets Council to present former US prisoners-of-war held captive in the infamous North Vietnamese Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, sarcastically referred to by the POWs as the "Hanoi Hilton", with bricks retrieved during its partial demolition in 1993.  Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Tony Marshall's career service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************

 

 

Col. William Byrns, F-4D Fast Fac pilot, shot down 23 May 1972 over North Vietnam and
finally released on 28 March 1973. Photo by Byrns.

September 30, 2021, Update: Part of the ongoing project by the USAF Doggers, Heritage Chapter (FTVA), EC-47 History Site, American Legion Post 572, and the Tom Green County All-Vets Council to present former US prisoners-of-war held captive in the infamous North Vietnamese Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, sarcastically referred to by the POWs as the "Hanoi Hilton", with bricks retrieved during its partial demolition in 1993.  Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Colonel Byrns' career service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************
 

 

"Thank You" note from Colonel Rick McDow to all of San Angelo's veteran's organizations for being a part of these
brick presentations. Col McDow, an F-4 weapons systems officer, was shot down on 27 June 1972
and repatriated on 28 March 1973. Photo by computer conversion.

October 2, 2021, Update: Part of the ongoing project by the USAF Doggers, Heritage Chapter (FTVA), EC-47 History Site, American Legion Post 572, and the Tom Green County All-Vets Council to present former US prisoners-of-war held captive in the infamous North Vietnamese Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, sarcastically referred to by the POWs as the "Hanoi Hilton", with bricks retrieved during its partial demolition in 1993.  Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Colonel McDow's career service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************


     

USN Captain Richard "The Beak" Stratton's brick on display with his 4th POW Wing plaque. Captain Stratton shot himself down over North Vietnam in January 1967 and was repatriated in March 1973. While attacking a MiG fighter, Stratton fired his heat-seeking missile that failed to ignite until his F-4 was past the missile...hence, he shot himself down. Photo above right: Captain Stratton being greeted at Clark Air Base upon his repatriation. Photos by Stratton.

October 3, 2021, Update: Part of the ongoing project by the USAF Doggers, Heritage Chapter (FTVA), EC-47 History Site, American Legion Post 572, and the Tom Green County All-Vets Council to present former US prisoners-of-war held captive in the infamous North Vietnamese Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, sarcastically referred to by the POWs as the "Hanoi Hilton", with bricks retrieved during its partial demolition in 1993.  Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Stratton's career service in a Veteran Tributes publication Honoring Those Who Served HERE.

***************************
 
 

Captain Richard Thomas "Tom" Simpson, Electronic Warfare Officer on B-52 Charcoal 01, the first bomber shot down
during the Linebacker II operations on 18 December 1972. Released from captivity 29 March 1973. Photos by Simpson.

October 15, 2021, Update: Part of the ongoing project by the USAF Doggers, Heritage Chapter (FTVA), EC-47 History Site, American Legion Post 572, and the Tom Green County All-Vets Council to present former US prisoners-of-war held captive in the infamous North Vietnamese Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, sarcastically referred to by the POWs as the "Hanoi Hilton", with bricks retrieved during its partial demolition in 1993.  Read more about the provenance of these special bricks HERE.  Read a condensed article about Captain Simpson's career service in a Wall of Valor publication  HERE.

***************************
 

<< Previous Page     Next Page >>