Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
More than 58-thousand U.S. veterans lost their lives during the country’s involvement in the war from early the 1960s to the mid-1970s. More than 57-thousand Wisconsin soldiers served in Southeast Asia. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society more than 12-hundred were killed and another 40 were either Missing In Action or were taken prisoner.
Today is a special day for those who served in the Vietnam War. One of those soldiers being honored is Jupiter resident Bill Arcuri. The Air Force Captain and B-52 pilot was taken as a Prisoner of War to the so-called “Hanoi Hilton” in 1972.
March 29th was first officially observed in 2017 by an act of Congress, because it’s the same date back in 1973 that the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam. It was also the day Hanoi released the last of its acknowledged prisoners of war.