Midstate Memories: Colonel Benjamin Purcell

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Colonel Benjamin Purcell was the highest ranking Army officer to become a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.  He spent more than five years in captivity, much of it in solitary confinement.  After his release in March of 1973, he was assigned to Carlisle Barracks.  While there, he delivered an address at Carlisle High School on Veterans Day in 1973.

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