Just two days shy of the 40th anniversary of the signing of the treaty ending the Vietnam War, two former POWs toured an exhibit Jan. 25 at the Hill Aerospace Museum containing a reproduction of a cell from the Hanoi Hilton.
Retired Col. Leon “Lee” Ellis and retired Lt. Col. Jay Hess, Air Force pilots shot down over North Vietnam in 1967 and both held for more than 5 years, visited the Hoa Lo Prison cell built as a part of the recently opened Vietnam War exhibit. Hess was shot down in August 1967 and Ellis three months later in November.
Dan Clark, motivational speaker, New York Times bestseller, and international business consultant, spoke at the Hill Air Force Base Ball held in conjunction with the Air Force's 65th birthday in the Hill Aerospace Museum on Sept. 7.
In addition to recognizing the new Community Wingmen, another group was recognized -- a Gold Star family who had been invited to the ball. Wolfgang and Krista Seager, lost their son, Cpl. Eric Seager, who was killed in action Feb. 1, 2007, in Iraq.