Fellow Vietnam POW With Senator McCain to speak at West Point: Mark 40th Anniversary of Release From “Hanoi Hilton”

TO: Assignment Editors, Producers, Reporters & Photographers

RE: Colonel Lee Ellis (Retired), fellow Vietnam POW with Senator John McCain at “Hanoi Hilton” at West Point Sunday the 3rd & Monday the 4th

Colonel Lee Ellis (Retired) will hold a West Point book signing for his new, award winning book, “Leading With Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton” on Sunday, February 3rd from 3-5PM at the USMA Exchange and then will speak to the West Point Cadets on Monday, February 4th shortly after Noon.

January marked the 40th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords, the historic cease-fire ending hostilities in Vietnam and calling for the return of all captured military personnel within 60 days.

On January 28, 1973, American Prisoners of War were gathered together, notified of the Accords and, consistent with the Agreement, each was given a copy of the Protocols.  Under “Operation Homecoming,” the first American POWs left North Vietnamese air space aboard an American C-141 which became known as “the Hanoi Taxi” on February 12, 1973. 

For your convenience, the relevant dates for the POWs’ release are:

·       1/27/13 – 40th Anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords

·       1/28/13 – 40th Anniversary of POWs being advised of their imminent release

·       2/12/13 – 40th Anniversary of First POWs Leaving Vietnam (“Operation Homecoming”)


Colonel Lee Ellis (Retired) was a Vietnam POW along with such American heroes as  Senator John McCain, Orson Swindle, Admiral Stockdale as well many others for five years: today, he is a nationally recognized expert and much sought after speaker on “Leadership” to public and private organizations and is the author of the new, award winning book, “Leading with Honor”.

Colonel Ellis makes for an inspiring, compelling interview and he has recently appeared on Fox & Friends, numerous national radio programs and has been published in Washington and nationwide publications.

To learn more about Colonel Ellis: http://freedomstarmedia.com/


For further information please contact:

Colonel Lee Ellis

(770)540-2080 Cell

Nicholas Thimmesch

(202)549-4237 Cell



Nicholas Thimmesch (202)549-4237


Bazzo 02/01/13

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