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Retired Lt. Col. Richard “Gene” Smith, former 50th Flying Training Squadron Commander, shows Courtney Cox, editor of Town and Gown magazine, documents and photos of when he was a prisoner of war, Oct. 17, 2017, in his home in West Point, Mississippi. Smith was shot down Oct. 25, 1967, and spent five and a half years as a POW. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)


POW recalls mission that led to capture 50 years ago

Retired Lt. Col. Richard Smith, former 50th Flying Training Squadron commander, shows Courtney Cox, editor of Town and Gown magazine, documents and photos of when he was a prisoner of war, Oct. 17, 2017, in his home in West Point, Miss. Smith was shot down Oct. 25, 1967, and spent five and a half years as a POW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)