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Former POW to share his experiences Sept. 9

Posted 8/26/2011   Updated 8/26/2011 Email story   Print story

    


by Sarah Olaciregui
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs


8/26/2011 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- The next Heritage of Freedom is set for Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. at the Minuteman Commons. During this event, retired Lt. Col. Barry Bridger, a survivor of Vietnam's "Hanoi Hilton" prison camp, 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 continued to serve in various roles in the Air Force, eventually earning his master's degree and serving 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. 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. Refreshments will be available. Everyone is welcome at this informal event.



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