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Vietnam Prisoners of War Remember

President Richard Nixon greets Vietnam POWs, 1973

President Richard Nixon greets Vietnam POWs, 1973

Washington, DC
Friday, May 31, 2013

As part of a three day commemoration marking the return of American POWs from Vietnam, we hear directly from former prisoners of war who recall their imprisonment and ultimate release. And they remember the 1973 White House homecoming celebration hosted by President Richard Nixon on May 24, 1973. Fox News commentator and Republican Pollster Frank Luntz moderated the discussion. The Richard Nixon Foundation hosted this event.
 

Updated: Monday, June 17, 2013 at 9:59am (ET)

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