One who made it home
By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on September 18, 2011 1:50 AM
Retired Brig. Gen. Michael DeArmond is honored during the 4th Fighter Wing's POW/MIA Ceremony at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Friday afternoon. DeArmond was a prisoner of war for 17 months after his F-86 was shot out of the sky during the Korean War.
Airmen stand at attention as DeArmond is escorted out of the ceremony by 4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Patrick Doherty.
From a seat hovering just above his fighter jet -- and some 27,000 feet above MiG Alley -- Michael DeArmond watched his burning F-86 explode. Moments later, the pilot was unconscious. And he was falling. "I fell ... to 18,000...
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