The American Legion Post 325 of Cowansville is hosting a dinner in honor of Captain Wendell R. Alcorn on Saturday April 28th.
Captain Alcorn was born in 1939 near Snyderville, graduated from Dayton High School, graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1961 and entered Naval Aviation Pre-Flight School in November 1961, receiving his commission on March 16, 1962. Alcorn was designated a Naval Aviator on June 14, 1963, and then attended the Naval Justice School from July to September 1963. He then joined Attack Squadron 36 at NAS Cecil Field, Florida, where he flew the A-4 Skyhawk. LT Alcorn began flying combat missions in Southeast Asia in early December 1965, and he was forced to eject over North Vietnam and taken as a Prisoner of War while flying his 29th combat mission on December 22, 1965. After spending 2,609 days in captivity, he was released during Operation Homecoming on February 12, 1973.
His 1st (of 2) Silver Star Citation reads: “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. Upon being captured in December 1965, his captors, completely ignoring international agreements, subjected him to extreme mental and physical cruelties in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes. Through his resistance to those brutalities, he contributed significantly toward the eventual abandonment of harsh treatment by the North Vietnamese, which was attracting international attention. By his determination, courage, resourcefulness, and devotion to duty, he reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces.”
Seating is limited, so call today to reserve your seat. Please call Harold French at 724-763-7887 or 724-664-2488 for reservations. Dinner will be provided at no cost by the Cowansville American Legion, so come on out to help honor a local HERO.