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Longest-Held Vietnam War POW To Appear At Andersonville National Historic Site


Though Andersonville National Historic Site in Georgia rose up around a Civil War-era prisoner of war camp, it also holds the National Prisoner of War Museum and is the only site in the National Park System that serves as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. As such, it will welcome the longest-held enlisted American POW from the Vietnam War on January 18 to discuss his recent biography.

Former POW Bill Robinson will appear along with his biographer, historian Glenn Robins, and be available to sign his biography The Longest Rescue: The Life and Legacy of Vietnam POW William A. Robinson on January 18 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

According to park officials, no enlisted man has been held captive as long as Captain William A. Robinson (USAF Ret.). "While serving as a crew chief aboard a U.S. Air Force Rescue helicopter, then-Airman First Class Robinson was shot down and captured in the Tinh Province, North Vietnam, September 20, 1965," a park release notes. "After a short stint at the infamous Hanoi Hilton, Robinson endured 2,703 days in multiple Vietnamese prison camps, including Briarpatch and various compounds at Cu Loc, during which he faced daily privations and was subjected to the full range of North Vietnam's torture program."

Glenn Robins, professor of history at Georgia Southwestern State University, is editor of They Have Left Us Here to Die: The Civil War Prison Diary of Sgt. Lyle G. Adair, 111th U.S. Colored Infantry and coeditor of America and the Vietnam War: Re-examining the Culture and History of a Generation.

Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, Georgia, and 10 miles northeast of Americus, Georgia, on Georgia Highway 49. The National Prisoner of War Museum is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

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