‘Without them, there would be no us’
Then Maj. Richard "Gene" Smith poses for a photo in front of his F-105 Thunderchief in 1967 in South East Asia. For his time at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, and his bravery during his years as a POW, the Ceremonial Plaza in front of the wing headquarters building was renamed the Richard "Gene" Smith Plaza.

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