Hanscom Air Force Base   Right Corner Banner
Join the Air Force

News > Former ‘Hanoi Hilton’ POW to speak during Heritage of Freedom
 
Photos 
Former Vietnam POW shares his story with WOTN
Retired Lt. Col. Barry Bridger, North Vietnam Prisoner of War survivor, speaks about the torture he endured while being a POW for six years in the Hanoi Hilton Prison Camp to a group of Airmen at Grand Forks AFB, N.D. in 2010. The retired colonel travels around the world sharing his experiences and will be at Hanscom Sept. 9. ((U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Amanda N. Stencil)
Download HiRes
Former ‘Hanoi Hilton’ POW to speak during Heritage of Freedom

Posted 8/17/2011   Updated 8/17/2011 Email story   Print story

    


by Sarah Olaciregui
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs


8/17/2011 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Retired Lt. Col. Barry Bridger, a survivor of Vietnam's "Hanoi Hilton" prison camp, will be the guest speaker during the next Heritage of Freedom event at the Minuteman Commons Sept. 9 at 4 p.m.

Colonel Bridger will speak about the torture he endured for six years as a prisoner of war.

On Jan. 23, 1967, then-Lieutenant Bridger was shot down over Son Tay, North Vietnam, by a surface-to-air missile. He was subsequently captured by the North Vietnamese and imprisoned.

In March of 1973, the colonel was repatriated. He went on to be an instructor pilot, flight commander and assistant operations officer. He earned his master's degree and served as a faculty member and instructor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Colonel Bridger retired in October 1984 after 22 years of service in the Air Force. His awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal with V device, Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters and Prisoner of War Medal.

The Heritage of Freedom speaker series is a free event that features speakers who discuss their experiences serving in combat or while deployed. Their presentations are followed by short question and answer periods. Everyone is welcome at this informal event.



tabComments
No comments yet.  
Add a comment

 Inside Hanscom AFB

ima cornerSearch

tabMission NewsRSS feed 
Hanscom team protects vital assets

DRAGON flys ahead

Engineers, computer scientists discuss open system architecture with industry

Battle Management working to improve nuclear scenario planning

Cyber challenges and solutions focus of summit

Three-Dimensional Long-Range Radar contract awarded

LCMC commander calls for staying, building on current course

Registration open for upcoming focus week

tabHanscom NewsRSS feed 
AF to implement DOD TDY policy changes

Ebola: What you really need to know

Step up to better health with AFMC's challenge

Enlisted attaché duty applications due in November

Virtual process expedites DD214 delivery

Clinic modernization project update

Coliform bacteria in base water resolved

Fundraising on Hanscom during the CFC

Winter fitness assessment schedule announced

tabNews Briefs and HappeningsRSS feed 
Upcoming events

News in Brief

School Notes

tabCommentaryRSS feed 
Disability etiquette

Taking a stand: Help win the fight against sexual assault

tabPhoto FeatureRSS feed 
Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Oct. 29

tabFeaturesRSS feed 
Hanscom employee saves life

School liaison looks to meet families' educational goals


Site Map      Contact Us     Questions     USA.gov     Security and Privacy notice     E-publishing  
Suicide Prevention    SAPR   IG   EEO   Accessibility/Section 508   No FEAR Act