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37 former POWs take part in 44th annual Freedom Flyer reunion

SAN ANTONIO – More than three dozen former Vietnam prisoners of war took part in the 44th annual Freedom Flyer reunion Thursday afternoon at Joint Base San Antonio.

The 37 former POWs took part in two freedom flights Thursday afternoon at JBSA-Randolph, supported by the 560th Squadron.

Participants took off just after 1 p.m. and spent about an hour in the air before landing and being treated to a champagne celebration. The experience was an overwhelming honor for all involved.

"There are a lot of guys that didn't come back at all. Just an opportunity to be a part of this is something. You can't dream of this stuff,” retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jack Trimble said.

"I loved it. Absolutely great. Brought back great memories. (It was a) good chance to shake a little rust off, but just good to be back among these guys. This is the family, flying,” retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Tony Marshall said.

The event continues Friday with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Missing Man Formation Monument followed by a POW symposium.

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