Vietnam Veterans’ share their stories at the local Vietnam Veterans of America Bookfair

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A local book store hosts a Vietnam Veteran who survived 11 months in captivity in North Korea.

USS Pueblo crew member, Tom Massie and his crew were fired upon and later captured by North Korean forces in January 1968.

Massie spent the day speaking with the public about his experiences as part of Barnes & Noble’s Veterans Day Observance and Vietnam Veterans of America Bookfair.

He recalled his and other crew member’s experiences of torture as “mind games.”

“They would take me out and put me in a room and tell me to sign a confession and sign your last will and whatever they call it testimony because you’re going to get shot,” Massie said. “And when they did that they laid the paper down in front of me and I brushed it off on the floor and said I ain’t signing nothing. So they said, ‘we’re going to send for the guards to take you out and shoot you.’ I sat out there for hours and they finally come back and sat me back in my room.”

Massie and 84 other members of the USS Pueblo returned home on December 23, 1968.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Book Fair runs through Thursday, November 14th.

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