Operation Homecoming Activities at Sheppard Air Force Base

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Operation Homecoming and the return of nearly 600 American prisoners of war from Vietnam.

In 1973, Sheppard Air Force Base had the honor of serving as a reception point for Operation Homecoming, helping to welcome home Vietnam POWs after years of captivity. It was in February when an Air Force cargo plane arrived at Sheppard AFB with 38 Americans – officers, enlisted and civilians – returning home to their families and their lives as free Americans.

The Still Picture Branch’s newly processed series, 342-VH: Photographs Related to Operation Homecoming Activities at Sheppard Air Force Base, consists of photographic material relating to the Operation Homecoming activities that took place at Sheppard AFB. Below are a handful of photographs from this series, providing a visual narrative of the proceedings that took place for the group of ex-POW’s repatriated through Sheppard.

For more Operation Homecoming related material, check out these blogs previously posted on The Unwritten Record:

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