Photo of American servicemen, former prisoners of war, are cheering as their aircraft takes off from an airfield near Hanoi as part of Operation Homecoming.

Newly released POWs give a loud and relieved cheer as they fly away, homeward-bound, from Hanoi after years of enduring brutality and isolation in North Vietnamese captivity. Operation Homecoming was planned down to the last detail to bring the POWs back safely, and special focus was given to making their return journey as healthy and comforting as possible. (U.S. Air Force)

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