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Former POW, Hostage to Speak at Samford

Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2002-02-08

Samford University will host a series of lectures, "Lessons from Captivity," presented by former Prisoner of War Bill Gaunnt and former hostage Jerry Levin Feb. 12 and 14. The public is invited.

Gaunnt, a former Air Force officer who was held as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, will speak Tuesday (FEB. 12). A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and recipient of many service medals, he was imprisoned at the Hanoi Hilton in the Republic of North Vietnam. He later served as congressional liaison at USAF headquarters at the Pentagon and as a flight instructor. Now retired from active service, he lives in Knoxville, Tenn.

Levin, who was a hostage in Lebanon during 1984, will speak Thursday (FEB. 14). A former news director at WBRC-TV in Birmingham, he was associated with Cable News Network in Beirut, Lebanon, when he became a hostage. After release, he was director of news and information services at WorldVision Christian relief and development agency. He and his wife, Sis, live in Birmingham, where they are active in promoting peacemaking causes.

Both lectures will be at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel. The series is part of Samford's spring convocation series.


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