Doesn't get much better...

Doesn't get much better...

This is a discussion on Doesn't get much better... within the Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; 7year Vietnam POW got his wedding ring and tags back that were taken when he was POW... POW gets wedding ring, dog tags back 44 ...

Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Doesn't get much better...

  1. #1
    VIP Member Array packinnova's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Smack in the middle of wealthy on one side and dirt poor on the other

    Thumbs up Doesn't get much better...

    7year Vietnam POW got his wedding ring and tags back that were taken when he was POW...
    POW gets wedding ring, dog tags back 44 years later | Latest News |
    POW gets wedding ring, dog tags back 44 years later
    08:35 PM CST on Wednesday, November 11, 2009
    November 11th, 2009
    Shelly Slater reports

    A long retired Air Force colonel who spent 2,687 days in captivity in Vietnam recently was given back items he lost as a prisoner of war 44 years ago.

    Hivner was captured when his plane, an F-4C Phantom aircraft, was shot down during the Vietnam War.

    "My goal was to be a professional pilot, but I turned out to be a professional POW," he said.

    By the time James Hivner was released after more than seven years in a North Vietnam camp, he had lost his wedding ring and dog tags, which were taken away from him. But, at a recent ceremony in North Texas, retired Navy Cmdr. Richard Tolley, once a total stranger to Hivner, returned those items.

    Tolley's former son-in-law works in Hanoi, which was where a Vietnamese man asked for his help to return the items to their rightful owner in the United States.

    When Tolley heard the news, he worked the phone to find Hivner.

    "That's the way it worked out," he said. "It's an interesting, mysterious story isn't it? His reaction was surprise, maybe astonishment, skepticism."

    To have his ring and dog tags back brought back another happy memory for Hivner.

    "All the screaming and yelling and cheering, you can't imagine the exhilaration when you know you're going home," he said of his return home from Vietnam.

    There was just one last thing to do once Hivner got his long-lost items back.

    "It fits, ta-dah," he said slipping his wedding ring back onto his finger.

  2. #2
    VIP Member Array JonInNY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Mid-Hudson Valley New York State
    That's a nice ending to the story. I like it!
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch; Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
    -- Benjamin Franklin

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Similar Threads

  1. Am i the only one who doesn't....
    By Chazeman2 in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 93
    Last Post: October 9th, 2009, 08:26 PM
  2. U Of Mn Just Doesn't Get It.
    By havegunjoe in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: April 26th, 2007, 04:51 PM
  3. It doesn't get better than.......
    By jarhead79 in forum Off Topic & Humor Discussion
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: July 15th, 2006, 01:54 PM
  4. Sometimes it doesn't take a gun
    By rstickle in forum Off Topic & Humor Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: December 21st, 2005, 09:02 PM