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James Sehorn – Oregon State

Decorated Vietnam War Hero

Road to Greatness

General James Sehorn is a Forest Grove, Oregon native and Oregon State University Forestry graduate who has fulfilled an incredibly courageous military career. He is an American legend who served during the Vietnam war. On December 14, 1967 Brother Sehorn was forced to eject over North Vietnam and was immediately captured and taken as a Prisoner of War. After spending 1,917 days of captivity in terrible conditions, he was released during Operation Homecoming on March 14, 1973.

Sehorn then trained as a transport pilot and later left active duty in 1976 and went into the Air Force Reserve. He retired from the USAF in 1994 as Director of Operations for the USAF Reserve. Sehorn later served as the first Inspector General of the State of Georgia.

Brother Sehorn was decorated for his gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against the opposing armed force while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. Ignoring international agreements on treatment of prisoners of war, the enemy resorted to mental and physical cruelties to obtain information, confessions and propaganda materials. Brother Sehorn resisted their demands by calling upon his deepest inner strengths in a manner which reflected his devotion to duty and great credit upon himself and the USAF.


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