RIP, Col. Benjamin H. Purcell (U.S. Army, retired)

April 4, 2013

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service is saddened to learn of the death of retired Army Colonel and American Ex-POW Ben Prucell, who was a member (1998-2003) and chairman (2001-02) of the State Veterans Service Board. Col. Purcell was a veteran of Korea and Vietnam and was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam from Feb. 8, 1968, to March 27, 1973. The Georgia native died Tuesday in Clarkesville. He was 85.

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2013/04/03/2449717/ret-col-benjamin-purcell-the-highest.html

In the summer of 2000, Purcell spoke to Sara Clark, editor of the Georgia Veterans Bulletin, about his experience as a POW in Vietnam and adjusting to life after his return to freedom. That story is reproduced below. 

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