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.''