Prisoner of War, Vietnam
Chaplain, Colonel, USAF (Ret)
By Robert Certain, a re-print of an article he wrote in 2001, on the 30th year after being a POW.
Today marks 10,920 days since I became a POW in NVN
At 1313 GMT on 18 Dec 72 Hanoi time, my B-52 was hit by a Soviet-built SA-2 missile.
Some say that the number 13 is an unlucky number. This is almost a worldwide belief. You will usually never see a room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor.
Perhaps 1313 was not a good number for me, and it certainly was not a good number for those killed
But I was fortunate – I lived, survived, and continue to live.
But, look at the back of a one-dollar bill and think about this:
The Rev. Robert Certain is rector at St. Peter & St. Paul Episcopal Church in Marietta, Georgia. Author of Unchained Eagle: From Prisoner of War to Prisoner of Christ, he is the founder and president of the Unchained Eagle Memorial and Benevolent Society, Inc.