Retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jon A. Reynolds will serve as keynote speaker at the Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America observance of Vietnam Veterans Day at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park on South Little Creek Road, Dover.
In November 1965 he was shot down over North Vietnam and captured. He was held prisoner in North Vietnam until his repatriation in February 1973.
After his release, he remained on active duty, earned a Ph.D. in history at Duke University, and taught in the Air Force Academy’s history department.
In 1982 he joined the Defense Intelligence Agency, studied Mandarin Chinese, and was posted as an air attaché and later as defense/air attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing from 1984 to 1988.
He retired in 1988, and now lives in Centreville, Del., with Emilee, his wife of 40 years.
The Kent County Veterans Memorial Park is home to memorials to Gold Star Mothers and Families; to Kent Countians lost in Vietnam and Korea; and is the future site of a Middle East Conflicts memorial. It also includes a Huey ‘Dustoff’ helicopter dedicated to air evacuation crews who saved countless lives, often under fire.
Reynolds’ address is open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend.