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LT. CMDR. Michael Cronin listens to a stereo tape shortly after being released from a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam

CPT Frederic Flom looks at civilian clothing at the base exchange shortly after being released from a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam

A returnee receives a physical examination at the hospital shortly after being released from a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam

CDR Ross Terry looks at shoes at the base exchange shortly after being released from a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam

A returned POW steps off the bus and salutes the flag before boarding the waiting C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the states. Returned POWs from Hanoi and Loc Ninh were flown to Clark for medical checkups prior to returning home

Returned POWs U.S. Navy CPT Jeremiah Andrew Denton (on left), (Captured 18 Jul 65) and Navy CPT James Alfred Mulligan, (Captured 20 Mar 66) as they board the C-141 Starlifter for the trip from Clark AB to sthe states. Both Denton and Mulligan were released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73 in Hanoi

Returned POWs U.S. Navy CPT Jeremiah Andrew Denton (on left), (Captured 18 Jul 65) and Navy CPT James Alfred Mulligan, (Captured 20 Mar 66) along with 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore approach the microphones on the flight line for a farewell statement prior to board the C-141 Starlifter for the trip from Clark AB to sthe states. Both Denton and Mulligan were released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73 in Hanoi

In the Clark AB hospital, released Prisoner of War, U.S. Navy CMDR John Bryan McKamey (Captured 2 June 65) packs his suitcase for the trip back to the United States. CMDR McKamey was in the first group of POWs released by North Vietnam at Hanoi on February 12, 1973

Former POW and U.S. Navy CMDR Robert Harper Shumaker (Captured 11 Feb 65) shares a magazine with fellow ex-POW U.S. Navy LCMDR Phillip Neal Butler (Captured 20 Apr 65) in the hospital reading lounge. CMDR Shumaker and LCMDR Butler were released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

An unidentified U.S. Air Force Major and former Prisoner of War walks the red carpet, past the honor guard, to the plane that will return him to the United States

On board a Military Airlift Command's Starlifter, former Prisoners of War, U.S. Navy LT CMDR Edward Anthony Davis, (Captured 26 Aug 65) and LT CMDR Larry Howard Spencer, (Captured 18 Feb 66) after departing Clark Air Base, Philippines. LT CMDR Davis holds the puppy, MACO, that was given to him, by a North Vietnamese guard, prior to his release in the second group on February 12, 1973. LT CMRD Spencer was released with the third group of POWs from Hanoi on February 12, 1973

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL Ronald Edweard Byrne Jr. talks to press and well wishes at microphones prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to sthe states. Behind COL Byrne is LGEN William G. Moore, Commander 13th Air Force. COL Byrne was captured on 29 Aug 65 and was released in Hanoi by the North Vietnamese on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force LCOL Armand Jesse Myers looks through a book on Vietnam prisoners of war in the hospital lounge. LCOL Myers was captured on 1 Jun 66 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL David Burnett Hatcher shakes hands with COL Raymond G. Lawry, Deputy Site Commander, Joint Homecoming Reception Center, waiting is COL John W. Ord, Clark Hospital Commander and LGEN William G. Moore, Commander 13th Air Force is on far left. LCOL Hatcher was captured on 30 May 66 and was released in Hanoi by the North Vietnamese on 12 Feb 73

Ex-POW and unidentified U.S. Air Force COL expresses his gratitude to the crowd of well wishers at the flight line microphones. In the background are LGEN William G. Moore Jr., and the Clark AB Honor Guard

LGEN William G. Moore, Commander, 13th Air Force, on left, watches as COL John W. Ord, Commander of Clark AB hospital shakes the hand of a former POW as he walks the red carpet to the aircraft that will return him to the states

Ex-POW and unidentified U.S. Air Force LCOL waves to the crowd of well wishers prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. Standing to the right is 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hospital and COL Raymond G. Lawry, Deputy Site Commander, Joint Homecoming Reception Center

Ex-POW and unidentified U.S. Navy LT waves to the crowd of well wishers prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. Standing to the right is 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hospital and COL Raymond G. Lawry, Deputy Site Commander, Joint Homecoming Reception Center

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL Robinson Risner, (Captured 16 Sep 65) and U.S. Marine LCOL John H. Dunn (Captured 7 Dec 65) answer questions at a press conference. COL Risner and LCOL Dunn was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

A returned POW steps off the bus and waves to the crowd as he walks to the waiting C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the states. Returned POWs from Hanoi and Loc Ninh were flown to Clark for medical checkups prior to returning home

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL Robinson Risner, at the microphone, waves and thanks the crowd and press prior to boarding the waiting C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the states. Standing behind COL Risner is LGEN William G. Moore, Commander 13th Air Force. COL Risner was captured on 16 Sep 65 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force LCOL Richard P. Keirn (Captured 24 Jul 65) shakes hands with COL Raymond G. Lawry, Deputy Site Commander, Joint Homecoming Reception Center prior to boarding the plane that will return him to the United States

A line of returned POWs from Viet Cong and North Vietnamese prisons walk from buses to the waiting C-141 Starlifter for the trip to the states. After their release they were flown to Clark AB hospital for medical checkups

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COLRobinson Risner, (Captured 16 Sep 65) answer questions at a press conference, in the background a Homecoming status board. COL Risner was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Returned POW U.S. Air Force MAJ Wesley Duane Schierman (Captured 28 Aug 65) talks with Navy artist, Mr. Benton, in his hospital room. MAJ Schierman was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73 in Hanoi

Returned POW U.S. Navy LCMDR Everett Alvarez (Captured 5 Aug 64) looks at a letter in his room at the base hospital. LCMDR Alvarez was held longer by the North Vietnamese than any other American POW. He was released on 12 Feb 73 in Hanoi

In the Clark AB hospital, released Prisoner of War, U.S. Navy CMDR John Bryan McKamey (Captured 2 June 65) and his escort officer, LT CMDR Gary Stieger share a laugh during the packing of CMDR McKamey's suitcase. CMDR McKamey was in the first group of POWs released by North Vietnam at Hanoi on February 12, 1973

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL Robinson Risner, at the microphone, thanks the crowd and press prior to boarding the waiting C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the states. Standing behind COL Risner is LGEN William G. Moore, Commander 13th Air Force. COL Risner was captured on 16 Sep 65 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL Robinson Risner, (Captured 16 Sep 65) answer questions at a press conference. COL Risner was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Returned POWs U.S. Navy CPT Jeremiah Andrew Denton (on left), (Captured 18 Jul 65) make a farewell statement at the microphones as fellow ex-POW Navy CPT James Alfred Mulligan, (Captured 20 Mar 66) and 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore listens. Both Denton and Mulligan were released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73 in Hanoi

Former Prisoner of War, U.S. Navy LT CMDR Edward Anthony Davis, (CAptured 26 Aug 65) carrying his puppy, MACO, talks to the press prior to his departure for the states. The puppy was given toim by a North Vietnamese guard prior to his release in the second group of POWS from Hanoi on February 12, 1973

Former Prisoner of War, U.S. Navy LT CMDR Edward Anthony Davis, (CAptured 26 Aug 65) carrying his puppy, MACO, talks to the press prior to his departure for the states. The puppy was given toim by a North Vietnamese guard prior to his release in the second group of POWS from Hanoi on February 12, 1973

On board a Military Airlift Command's Starlifter, former Prisoners of War, U.S. Navy LT CMDR Edward Anthony Davis, (Captured 26 Aug 65) and his puppy, MACO, catch some well deserved rest after departing Clark Air Base, Philippines. The puppy was given to him by a North Vietnamese guard prior to his release in the second group of POWs from Hanoi on February 12, 1973

In the Clark AB hospital, released Prisoner of War, U.S. Navy LT CMDR Ralph Ellis Gaither, (Captured 17 Oct 65) on the phone with his loved ones in the states. LT CMDR Gaither was in the first group of POWs released by North Vietnam at Hanoi on February 12, 1973

A former POW shakes hands with COL Raymond G. Lawry, Deputy Site Commander, Joint Homecoming Reception Center, waiting is COL John W. Ord, Clark Hospital Commander and LGEN William G. Moore, Commander 13th Air Force is on far left. The POW is flying to the states after a medical checkup at Clark

Ex-POW is greeted upon arriving by LGEN William G. Moore Jr., Commander 13th Air Force. On right, Admiral Noel Gaylor, Commander Pacific Command greets another returnee

View from inside the C-141 as two Ex-POWs are greeted upon arriving, after the flight from Hanoi, North Vietnam, by (Left to Right) LGEN William G. Moore Jr., Commander 13th Air Force and Admiral Noel Gaylor, Commander Pacific Command

Ex-POWs are greeted upon arriving from Hanoi, North Vietnam, by (Left to Right) Unidentified Air Force CMSGT greets unidentified ex-POW, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., Commander 13th Air Force greets Air Force LCOL Lewis Wiley Shattuck, (Captured 11 Jul 66) and Admiral Noel Gaylor, Commander Pacific Command greets U.S. Air Force MAJ Norman Alexander McDaniel (Captured 20 Jul 66)

Four Ex-POWs are greeted upon arriving, after the flight from Hanoi, North Vietnam, by (Left to Right) Unidentified Air Force CMSGT, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., Commander 13th Air Force and Admiral Noel Gaylor, Commander Pacific Command

Ex-POW and U.S.Navy CMDR James Glenn Pirie (Captured 22 Jun 67), at the flight line microphone, thanks the crowd of well wishers and press before departing for the United States on the C-141 Starlifter in the background. 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., stands in background near the ambulance bus that brought the ex-POWs to the flight line. CMDR Pirie was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Members of the Joint Service Processing Team gathered in the Joint Service Processing Center Command Post. Cheif of the Army Homecoming team is COL James A. Murphey Jr., U.S. Army. Deputy for the Air Force Homecoming operation is COL Raymond G. Lawry assigned to the 405th CSG

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Hubert K. Flesher (Captured 2 Dec 66) shakes hands with 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., after arriving on bus, in background, and prior to his flight to the United States. COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hospital and COL Raymond G. Lawry, Deputy Site Commander, Joint Homecoming Reception Center are in the background. MAJ Flesher was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

In front of the Honor Guard, ex-POW and U.S.Navy CMDR Frederick Raymond Purrington (Captured 20 Oct 66), salutes the press and well wishers prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter that will transport him to the United States. LCMDR Purrington released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ James R. Berger (Captured 2 Dec 66) shakes hands with COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hospital after arriving on bus, in background, and prior to his flight to the United States. 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr. waits to shake MAJ Berger's hand. MAJ Berger was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force CPT Edward J. Mechenbier, (Captured 14 Jun 67) says farewell to some of the crowd of well wishers who came to say good bye as he prepares to depart for the United States. CPT Mechenbier was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ James R. Berger (Captured 2 Dec 66) shakes hands with 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., after arriving on bus, in background, and prior to his flight to the United States. COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hospital is beside GEN Moore. MAJ Berger was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

U.S. Air Force ex-POWs, CPT Edward J. Mechenbier, (Captured 14 Jun 67) and CPT Kevin J. McManus (Captured 14 Jun 67) salute the Honor Guard colors on the flight line prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. Both men were released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force CPT Kevin J. McManus (Captured 14 Jun 67) says farewell to some of the crowd of well wishers who came to say good bye as he prepares to depart for the United States. CPT McManus was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Jay R. Jensen (Captured 18 Feb 67) shakes hands with 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., after arriving on bus, in background, and prior to his flight to the United States. COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hospital is beside GEN Moore. MAJ Jensen was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Jay R. Jensen (Captured 18 Feb 67) blows a kiss to the press and the crowd of well wishers on hand to see the departure of the ex-POWs. COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hospital stands in the background. MAJ Jensen was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S.Navy CMDR James Glenn Pirie (Captured 22 Jun 67), at the flight line microphone, thanks the crowd of well wishers and press before departing for the United States on the C-141 Starlifter in the background. 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., stands in background near the ambulance bus that brought the ex-POWs to the flight line. CMDR Pirie was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Jay R. Jensen (Captured 18 Feb 67) salutes the Honor Guard colors after arriving on the bus, in the background, and prior to boarding a C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. MAJ Jensen was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S.Navy CMDR Frederick Raymond Purrington (Captured 20 Oct 66), shakes hands with LGEN William G. Moore Jr., prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter that will transport him to the United States. COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hospital and COL Raymond G. Lawry, Deputy Site Commander, Joint Homecoming Receptin Center are to the left. LCMDR Purrington released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force CPT Herbert Benjamin Ringsdor (Captured 11 Nov 66) shakes hands with COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hospital after arriving on bus, in background, and prior to his flight to the United States. 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr. waits to shake CPT Ringsdorf's hand. CPT Ringsdorf was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Navy CPT Ernest Milvin Moore Jr., (Captured 11 Mar 67) gets a kiss and a gift from young Robert Ballentine, son of SSGT Michael G. Ballentine assigned to the 6922nd Security Squadron. Robert was one of the many well wishers who came say goodbye to CPT Moore prior to his departure for the United States. CPT Moore was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Navy LCMDR Danny Elloy Glenn (Captured 21 Dec 66) visits with a group of well wishers and friends who came to say goodbye as he leaves for United States. LCMDR Glenn was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Navy LCMDR Charles David Stackhouse (Captured 25 Apr 67) gets a hug from one of the crowd of well wishers who came to greets and say goodbye to the ex-POWs as they prepare to fly to the United States. LCMDR Stackhouse was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Navy CPT Ernest Milvin Moore Jr., (Captured 11 Mar 67) shakes the hand of Mrs. B. H. Russell, a Red Cross volunteer. She was one of the many well wishers who came say goodbye to CPT Moore as he leaves for the United States. CPT Moore was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and COL James Helms Kasler (Captured 8 Aug 66) walks from the bus with13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr. Clark Honor Guard in background. COL Kasler was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ William J. Baugh (Captured 21 Jan 67) holds a welcome sign with his name on it in front of the crowd of well wishers who came to see him leave for the United States. MAJ Baugh was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW, U.S. Air Force COL James Helms Kasler (Captured 8 Aug 66) shakes hands with COL John W. Ord, Clark Hospital Commander, after arriving on bus, in background. 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., walks into place on the departure line with COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hospital

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force CPT Robert Archie Abbott (Captured 30 Apr 67) says farewell to a group of well wishers and friends who came to the flight line to say goodbye as he leaves for United States. CPT Abbott was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force COL James Helms Kasler (Captured 8 Aug 66) stands at the flight line microphones and thanks the people of Clark and the Press for their hospitality. Standing behind is13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr. To the left rear is COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hosptial and COL Raymond G. Lawry, Deputy Site Commander, Joint Homecoming Reception Center. COL Kasler was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW, U.S. Air Force CPT Ernest Milvin Moore Jr., (Captured 11 Mar 67) makes some farewell remarks to the Press and public who came to see the departure of the ex-POWS for the United States. CPT Moore was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ John Charles Blevins (Captured 8 Aug 66) shakes hands with a group of well wishers who came to say goodbye as he leaves for United States. MAJ Blevins was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Navy LCMDR Danny Elloy Glenn (Captured 21 Dec 66) shakes hands with a group of well wishers and friends who came to say goodbye as he leaves for United States. He is leaving for the United States on the C-141 Starlifter in the background. LCMDR Glenn was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW, U.S. Navy LCMDR John H. McGrath (Captured 30 Jun 67), carrying a bouquet of flowers, waves to the crowd that came to see his departure on a flight to the United States. LCMRD McGrath was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Unidentified ex-POW, U.S. Navy LT holds a small girl as he says farewell to a crowd of well wishers who came to the flight line to say goodbye as he leaves for the United States

Unidentified U.S. Navy, ex-POW gets a hug from one of the many well wishers who came to the flight line to say goodbye as he leaves for the United States

Ex-POW and U.S. Navy LCMDR Edward H. Martin (Captured 19 Jul 67) shakes hands with LGEN William G. Moore Jr., Commander 13th Air Force, prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. CMRD Martin was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Navy CPT Ernest Milvin Moore Jr., (Captured 11 Mar 67) talks to some of the children who came to the flight line to say goodbye as he leaves for the United States. CPT Moore was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW, U.S. Air Force CPT Martin James Neuens (Captured 12 Aug 66) takes a bag of cookies from the crowd of well wishers that gathered to say farewell to the returnees as they depart for the United States and home. CPT Neuens was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW, U.S. Navy CMDR Edward H. Martin (Captured 19 Jul 67) shakes hands with COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hospital prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. CMRD Martin was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW, U.S. Navy CMDR Charles E. Southwick (Captured 14 May 67) gets a kiss from a young girl as he prepares to board the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. CMRD Southwick was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Navy CPT Ernest Milvin Moore Jr., (Captured 11 Mar 67) gets a gift from young Robert Ballentine, son of SSGT Michael G. Ballentine assigned to the 6922nd Security Squadron. He was one of the many well wishers who came to say goodbye to CPT Moore as he leaves for United States. CPT Moore was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Unidentified ex-POW, U.S. Navy LT gets a hug from one of the many well wishers who came to the flight line to say goodbye as he leaves for the United States

Ex-POW, U.S. Air Force CPT Martin James Neuens (Captured 21 Jan 67), after getting off of bus, shakes with LGEN William G. Moore Jr. prior to boarding the aircraft for the flight to the United States. CPT Neuens was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force COL James Helms Kasler (Captured 8 Aug 66) stands at the flight line microphones, after getting off the bus in the background. He thanked the people of Clark and the press for their hospitality, during the POWS short stay at Clark, before returning to the United States. COL Kasler was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Navy CMDR Collins Henry Haines (Captured 5 Jun 67) gets farewell hug from one of the many well wishers who came to the flight line to say goodbye as he leaves for the United States. CMDR Haines was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW, U.S. Navy CPT Ernest Milvin Moore Jr., (Captured 11 Mar 67) gets a kiss and a gift from young Robert Ballentine, son of SSGT Michael G. Ballentine assigned to the 6922nd Security Squadron. Robert was one of the many well wishers who came to say goodbye to CPT Moore prior to his departure for the United States. CPT Moore was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Navy CMDR Richard D. Mullins (Captured 5 Jan 67) gets an emotional farewell from Debbie Davis, daughter of MSGT Roy Davis assigned to the 405th TFS. She was one of the many well wishers who came say goodbye as CMDR Mullins leaves for United States

Ex-POW and U.S. Navy CMDR Collins Henry Haines (Captured 5 Jun 67) shakes hands with some of the many well wishers who came to the flight line to say goodbye as he leaves for the United States. CMDR Haines was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

An unidentified Navy ex-POW gets a hug from one of the many well wishers who came to the flight line to say goodbye as he leaves for United States

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force LCOL Donald G. Waltman (Captured 19 Sep 66) shakes the hand of Mrs. B. H. Russell, a Red Cross volunteer. She was one of the many well wishers who came say goodbye as LCOL Waltman leaves for United States. LCOL Waltman was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW, U.S. Navy LCMDR Richard D. Mullins (Captured 6 Jan 67), shakes hands with 13th Air Force Commander LGEN William G. Moore Jr. prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. CMRD Mullins was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

U.S. Marines from Co. G and Co. E, 2nd Bn., 9th Marines, prepare to depart the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV-43) following the rescue operation of the merchant vessel SS MAYAGUEZ and the Kon Tang Island Operation

U.S. Marines from Co. G and Co. E, 2nd Bn., 9th Marines, depart the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV-43) following the rescue operation of the merchant vessel SS MAYAGUEZ and the Kon Tang Island Operation

GEN Paul C. Carlton, left, commander, Military Airlift Command (MAC), assigns COL Albert M. Navas, center, as commander, 374th Military Airlift Wing during the change of command ceremony. Just relinquishing command is COL James I. Baginski, right, wearing the Distinguished Service Medal

Members of the 3rd Civil Engineering Squadron construct a helicopter pad during exercise PRIME BEEF

Members of the 3rd Civil Engineering Squadron work on the roof of a schoolhouse during exercise PRIME BEEF

A member of the 3rd Civil Engineering Squadron uses heavy equipment to clear an area for the construction of a helicopter pad, during exercise PRIME BEEF

Members of the 3rd Civil Engineering Squadron dig holes for a childrens swing set during exercise PRIME BEEF

Children play on a playground constructed by members of the 3rd Civil Engineering Squadron during exercise PRIME BEEF

John See, a laboratory technician student, checks for sugar fermentation in test tubes to confirm veneral disease, during lab tests at Clark USAF Hospital

Vollette Villapando, a laboratory technician, dispenses media on plates for venereal disease cultures during lab tests at Clark USAF Hospital

Cynthia Henson, a laboratory technician, performs a screening procedure for diagnosing venereal disease during lab tests at Clark USAF Hospital

Adeluisa Cokee, a laboratory technician, measures antibiotic sensitivity during lab tests at Clark USAF Hospital

Dr. Theodore Neric, chief resident physician, performs plastic surgery at Clark USAF Hospital

The Philippine flag is raised at the main gate during a ceremony transferring the base from US to Philippine sovereignty

Seated during the Clark Air Force Base turnover ceremonies are from left to right, Foreign Minister of the Philippines, Carlos P. Romulo; Ambassador Richard W. Murphy; Philippine President and Mrs. Ferdinand Marcos; and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General David C. Jones