Longest-held Vietnam War POW to speak in Warner Robins

Capt. William Robinson, the longest-held enlisted POW of the Vietnam War, will be speaking and signing copies of his book, "The Longest Rescue," in Warner Robins.

Robinson, who lives in Madisonville, Tenn., is scheduled to speak at the American Legion Post 172 on Watson Boulevard from 1-5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

While serving as a crew chief aboard a U.S. Air Force Rescue helicopter, the crew was shot down and captured in the Tinh Province, North Vietnam on Sept. 20, 1965.

Robinson was taken to the infamous "Hanoi Hilton."

"As I stood there wondering about my next move, where I was going to go from here, a voice rang out. It was the voice of Colonel Robbie Risner, the senior ranking POW at that time. "And his voice said, 'Be prepared to die for your country.' That set the tone for the next 7-plus years," Robinson said while speaking to a group in Knoxville, Tenn. in October.

He was 22 when he was captured and spent the rest of his 20s enduring physical and mental torture.

Robinson now shares his story through his book, "The Longest Rescue: The Life and Legacy of P-O-W William A. Robinson" by Glenn Robins.


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