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Prisoner of war speaks to local veterans

HOLMEN, Wis. (WXOW) – Retired Air Force Major General John Borling shared his story of imprisonment during the Vietnam War with local veterans.

Major General Borling said his time of service continues after 37 years in the military.

“Just because you’ve served years ago, and you think that your mission is over, as long as you’re breathing and you’re a veteran, it’s not over,” Major General Borling said.

Borling speaks around the United States while promoting his book of poems titled “Taps On The Wall”.

“It tells a story that I didn’t want to talk about for 40 plus years, but now, it’s more comfortable to be addressing some of these themes.”

Holmen veterans said they hope Major General Borling’s story inspires other veterans to talk about their stories.

“Here’s someone that actually survived, and now, he talks about it,” Holmen American Legion Post 284 Vice Commander Willie Stokes said. “This is something that a lot of veterans have not yet come to grips to do, so by him being able to share his experience and knowledge, I think it will also help us heal and it will help the country heal.”

Major General Borling was held captive with late U.S. Senator John McCain who wrote the introduction of his book.

Marcus Aarsvold

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