The Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Viet Nam Veterans Association in Franklin announced today that the bridge located over US Highway 64 and US Highway 441 in Franklin will be named in honor of Nathan B Henry who was a POW in Viet Nam for six years. The naming ceremony will take place on Friday October 12th at 2:00 p-m with Henry and members of his family along with other veterans and members of the Viet nam Veterans Chapter in Franklin. Below is a summary of his captivity as written by Nathan B. Henry. For a detailed summary of PFC Henry’s capture and service one can simply Google his name.
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors).
NATHAN B. HENRY Staff Sergeant- United States Army Captured: July 12, 1967 Released: March 5, 1973 I am twenty-five years old and still single. I like girls and parties as well as the outdoors. I was born in Franklin, North Carolina, a small town in western North Carolina. I am the youngest of three boys and have no sisters.
I was drafted in September 1966 and arrived in Vietnam in February 1967. I was captured on 12 July 1967 in the La Drang Valley near the Cambodian border west of Pleiku. I was serving with the Fourth Infantry Division. My job was a radio operator (RTO). I was on a search and destroy mission when I was captured. I was in prison five years and eight months. I always kept faith in God and in my government. I would like to say these are the greatest days of my life since I have been given back my freedom.
I finished high school in 1965 and plan on going to college and majoring in forestry. I am thankful to God and the American people for my being alive today. America is the greatest country in the world and I hope we can keep it free throughout the future. It is hard to find words to express my gratitude to the American people. The only thing I can say is God bless you. I love each and every one of you.