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Navy pilot Byron Fuller spent almost six years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, where his battered body was tortured and starved, where he endured more than two years in solitary confinement in a 4-by-7-foot cell.
Upon his release in 1973 from Hoa Lo, a prison camp known to the world as the Hanoi Hilton, he strode across the tarmac at Jacksonville Naval Air Station, a huge smile on his face, with his wife and four children by his side. He briefly addressed the crowd gathered to greet him: "America, America, how beautiful you are ... Tonight my cup runneth over."
While America's forever wars continue to rage abroad, the streaming wars are starting to heat up at home.
On Monday, the Walt Disney Company announced that its brand new online streaming service, aptly titled Disney+, will launch an all-out assault on eyeballs around the world with an arsenal of your favorite content starting on November 12th. Marvel Cinematic Universe content! Star Wars content! Pixar content! Classic Disney animation content!
While the initial Disney+ content lineup looks like the most overpowered alliance since NATO, there's one addition of particular interest hidden in Disney's massive Twitter announcement, an elite strike force with a unique mission that stands ready to eliminate streaming enemies like Netflix and Hulu no matter where they may hide.
That's right, I'm talking about Operation Dumbo Drop — and no, I am not fucking around.
Whenever Ed Reeves has looked at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., he has focused on the panels containing the names of those who died on Sept. 12, 1970, and Feb. 14, 1971.
It was on those days, Reeves said, that were it not for his dog, Prince, "My name would be on that wall."
This Purple Heart recipient sacrificed himself to save his 3-year-old granddaughter from a home explosion
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — When Hattie and Jim Ford went to Vietnam in January, they hoped to learn more about the death of her first husband.
Lt. Deane Taylor Jr. was fatally shot by the Viet Cong after his Army helicopter crashed during the Vietnam War in 1969.
What the Fords never expected was to be standing face to face with one of the soldiers who had attacked Taylor.
The Vietnamese soldier, found after a circuitous search, brought them to the spot where the attack had occurred exactly 50 years earlier.
It was as if the Fords had stepped into a time machine and were transported to one of the ugliest chapters in American history.
Surreal, said Hattie, 73, a retired math teacher from Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Unfathomable, said husband Jim, 73, a retired lawyer.
"It was a million to one shot," he said. "We would find this VC soldier, still alive, still in the same hamlet and willing to talk."
The former soldier didn't offer an apology, but the Fords weren't looking for one.
Marine Maj. Jose J. Anzaldua Jr. spent more than three years as a prisoner of war during the height of the Vietnam War. Now, more than 45 years after his release, Sig Sauer is paying tribute to his service with a special gift.