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Former POW Porter Halyburton will give HHS lecture

Retired Navy Commander Porter Halyburton, whose inspiring story of war and friendship was told in the book “Two Souls Indivisible,” will visit UNCG on Monday, Feb. 20, to share his experience as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. in EUC Auditorium.

The lecture, titled “Honor Under Pressure: Reflections of a Former POW in North Vietnam,” is part of HHS’s Ethel Martus Lawther Lecture Series and the War & Peace Imagined event series.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck on campus. A reception will follow.

Commander Porter Halyburton was commissioned in 1964 and flew combat missions in Southeast Asia from the aircraft carrier USS Independence beginning in 1965. In his 75th combat mission, Halyburton was forced to eject and was captured by the North Vietnam military. He spent 2,675 days in captivity, and was released during Operation Homecoming on February 12, 1973. He received the Prisoner of War Medal, the Legion of Merit award for exceptional meritorious conduct and the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action.
Halyburton remained with the Navy until his retirement in 1984, serving with the Navy ROTC at Georgia Tech and then at the Naval War College where he taught strategy and policy, international relations, leadership and ethics, and the military code of conduct.

For more information, contact hhsevents@uncg.edu.

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