FLORENCE — The horrors of captivity in a North Vietnamese prison weakened the spirits and wills of many American prisoners of war, but for two men from very different backgrounds, the trial by ordeal created a bond that remains strong today.
Porter Halyburton was a 24-year-old radar intercept officer onboard a Navy F4B Phantom fighter-bomber when he was shot down Oct. 17, 1965, and taken prisoner during the Vietnam War. The pilot did not survive the crash.
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