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Former POW Neil A. Black to present at Lake Tahoe

Special to the Bonanza

Major Neil A. Black was a prisoner of war for more than seven years during the Vietnam War.

The Incline Village/Crystal Bay Veterans Club is set to host a special presentation Thursday, Oct. 23, spotlighting decorated U.S. Air Force Major Neil A. Black.

The event is open to the public and will be held in the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe from 4-6 p.m.

Major Black was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. During a USAF rescue mission to recover a downed pilot, he and his crew were shot down by enemy fire and captured on Sept. 20, 1965. He was released on Feb. 12, 1973.

Major Black is the recipient of the Air Force Cross, (the second highest medal that may be awarded) and two bronze stars — one with the V for valor, among other recognitions.

Major Black's story will be revealed as he is interviewed by retired Chief Master Sgt. Bob Wheeler, president of the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Veterans Club, and questions from the audience.

Topics of discussion will include Major Black's captivity, including time he was held in the famous "Hanoi Hilton," his subsequent career as an Air Force pilot, and his involvement with the United States Military Liaison Mission in East Germany during the height of the Cold War.

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All community members are invited to hear this first-person account of Vietnam War-time history from an officer's perspective.

High school students are encouraged to attend and will be provided front row seating. Participants with questions for Major Black will be provided questionnaire cards to be filled out on site.

Question-and-answer sessions will occur after each individual segment of discussion planned for incorporation into the interview.

RSVPs are requested. Call Incline Village/Crystal Bay Veterans Club President at Bob Wheeler at 775-843-9888 or e-mail Robert.Wheeler4816@att.net for information.

This article was provided to the Bonanza by the Incline Village General Improvement District. Visit ivgid.org to learn more.