‘Without them, there would be no us’
Retired Lt. Col. Richard “Gene” Smith stands next to a model F-105 Thunderchief aircraft June 29, 2015, at his home in West Point, Mississippi. He spent over five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam after ejecting from his aircraft in 1967.

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Photo by: Senior Airman Stephanie Englar |  VIRIN: 150629-F-ZA023-001.JPG