Chapter 9: The Son Tay Raid
CAPTURED: Shot Down In VietnamJuly 10, 2023x

Chapter 9: The Son Tay Raid

In November of 1970, fifty-six U.S. Special Forces soldiers executed the most ambitious rescue mission of the Vietnam War, raiding a North Vietnamese prison camp known as "Son Tay," just outside of Hanoi.

In this episode, we hear from Terry Buckler, the youngest of the Son Tay Raiders. At the time, he was a 20-year-old Buck Sergeant who had never before seen combat. Despite this lack of experience, Terry was selected out of thousands of top-tier applicants to participate in this hazardous mission.

Terry walks us through the events leading up to the raid and details what happened when their chopper touched down in Son Tay on that cold night -- and how it impacted Everett's, Red's & the other POW's captivity.

Colonel Bull Simons, the leader of the raid, also chimes in via the archived recording of a 1974 interview with Murphy Martin.

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CAPTURED: Shot Down in Vietnam is a docuseries from the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Foundation, produced by the team at Foundwave, and respectfully created in honor of Ross Perot, Sr.

If you're interested in learning more about Vietnam POWs, you can visit the new exhibit "CAPTURED" at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA.

This series is produced by Steph Weaver-Weinberg. Original music compositions, foley effects, and mastering from Jonathan Rock. Research, background, and history from Jason Schwartz. Executive production from Joe Lopez & the team at Richard Nixon Foundation and Kali Mason from Perot Family Collections. Co-executive production, interviewing, and hosting by Tyler Russell McCusker.

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