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Porter Halyburton, “Reflections on Captivity” (April 12)
April 12 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Reflections on Captivity
A Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from 1965 until 1973, Porter Halyburton believes those 7 ½ years were not wasted. Porter shares the valuable lessons he learned in captivity with many civic, government, educational, religious, and corporate groups. These lessons include: the significance of choices made under difficult circumstances, the importance of communication in forming a unified and well-functioning community, and the freedom of forgiveness.
His story has been told in many publications including Bloods by Wallace Terry, Parade Magazine, Two Souls Indivisible by James Hirsch and on PBS’s Frontline. His own book, Reflections on Captivity, published by the Naval Institute Press, was released November 15, 2022.
His many awards include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars, three Purple Hearts, and seven Air Medals.
Porter is from Davidson, NC, a graduate of Sewanee Military Academy, Davidson College (BA), University of Georgia (MA), and the Naval War College. He holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from the University of Rhode Island and Greensboro College. Porter retired as Commander, U.S. Navy in 1984 and as Professor of Strategy Emeritus from the Naval War College in Newport, RI, in 2006. Besides writing, Porter is an avid potter and woodworker. Porter and his wife Marty reside in Greensboro, NC. They have three adult children, Dabney Sanders, Greensboro, NC, Emily Peterson and John-Fletcher Halyburton, Portland, Oregon.
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