JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii – The 15th Wing will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Operation Homecoming, the return of American prisoners of war held during the Vietnam Conflict, in a remembrance ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. April 4 at the memorial located at the Hickam Field Firestone/Exchange Station.
The Paris Peace Accords of 1973 included provisions for exchanging POWs. The plan to bring them home, known as Operation Homecoming, saw the return of 591 POWs to Hickam Field from Feb. 14 to April 4, 1973.
The ceremony, which will take place on the exact U.S. soil the POWs arrived at—what is now the AAFES mini exchange, will be hosted by 15 WG Commander, Col. Johnny Roscoe, and will feature key note speeches from Maj. Gen. Kelly McKeague, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command commander, and U.S. Navy Capt. (retired) Gerald Coffee, a POW that returned through the Operation Homecoming mission.
The event will be attended by three additional former POWs, distinguished military leadership, local government officials and civic leaders and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam service members.