Ceremony Honors Arkansan Who Was First Prisoner of War Killed in Vietnam

April 22, 2006 - Posted at 1:23 p.m. CST

PERRYVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ The first P-O-W killed in Vietnam was

honored yesterday in a ceremony in Perryville.

Harold George Bennett was executed by the Viet Cong 41 years

ago. The State Department described the killing as a ``wanton act

of murder.'' Bennett was from Perryville.

Bennett's sister, Eloise Wallace, said: ``It means a great deal.

I don't know just how to express it.''

Senator Blanche Lincoln presented Bennett's family with a Combat

Infantryman's badge, National Defense Service medal, Vietnam

Service medal, Prisoner of War medal, U-S Army Good Conduct medal

and the Purple Heart.

Senator Lincoln said: ``So many of our soldiers come from rural

areas and he was a real salt of the earth person. When you stop and

think, so many of our heroes are.''

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