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The release of U.S. POWs begins in Hanoi as part of the Paris peace settlement. The return of U.S. POWs began when North Vietnam released 142 of 591 U.S. prisoners at Hanoi's Gia Lam Airport. Part of what was called Operation Homecoming, the first 20 POWs arrived to a hero's welcome at Travis Air Force Base in California on February 14. Operation Homecoming was completed on March 29, 1973, when the last of 591 U.S. prisoners were released and returned to the United States.

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Don’t look on the back of a jersey to find the name of a hero. Look on the chest of a veteran and you’ll see a hero.

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.

Did you know that 997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam.

During the Cold War, B-52s were armed with nuclear weapons and would fly 24 hours a day and loitered near points outside the Soviet Union to provide rapid first strike or retaliation capability in case of nuclear war. AKA Operation Chrome Dome (1960 - 1968). 

A B-52 would leave Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas and fly across the United States to New England and head out to the Atlantic Ocean. The B-52 would refuel over the Atlantic heading north to and around Newfoundland. The bomber would change course and fly northwesterly over Baffin Bay towards Thule Air Base, Greenland. At this point it would fly west across Queen Elizabeth Islands of Canada. Continuing to Alaska, it would refuel over the Pacific Ocean again heading south-east and return to Sheppard AFB.

Did you know that approximately 95 percent of all jobs in the military are open to women. Women have accounted for the largest increase in enlistments and the percentage of women serving on active duty has doubled since 1978. Women currently account for approximately 15 percent of the entire military force.

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On December 20, 1957, while spending the Christmas holiday at Graceland, his newly purchased Tennessee mansion, rock-and-roll star Elvis Presley received his draft notice for the United States Army.

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Did you know the board game Monopoly helped POW's escape during WWII?  Starting in 1941, an increasing number of British Airmen found themselves Third Reich, and the Crown was casting about for ways and means to facilitate their escape. One of the most helpful aids was an accurate map showing the locations of 'safe houses' where a POW on the-lam could go for food and shelter. Paper maps make a lot of noise when opened and folded, they wear out rapidly, and if they get wet, they turn into mush.

Someone in MI-5 (similar to America's OSS) got the idea of printing escape maps on silk. It's durable, can be scrunched-up into tiny wads, and unfolded as many times as needed, and makes no noise whatsoever. At that time, there was only one manufacturer in Great Britain that had perfected the technology of printing on silk, and that was John Waddington, Ltd. When approached by the government, the firm was only too happy to do its bit for the war effort.

By pure coincidence, Waddington was also the U.K. Licensee for the popular American board game, Monopoly. 'Games and pastimes' was a category that qualified for insertion into 'CARE packages', dispatched by the International Red Cross to prisoners of war. Waddington began mass-producing escape maps. When processed, these maps could be folded so that they would actually fit inside a Monopoly playing piece. Waddington also managed to add:

1. A playing token, containing a small magnetic compass,
2. A two-part metal file that could easily be screwed together,
3. Useful amounts of genuine high denomination German, Italian, and French currency, hidden within the piles of Monopoly money!

A POW could identify one of theses games by a tiny red dot, one cleverly rigged to look like an ordinary printing glitch, located in the corner of the Free Parking square. Of the estimated 35,000 Allied POWs who successfully escaped, an estimated one-third were aided in their flight by the rigged Monopoly sets.
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