The story is based on the 50-year experience of the wife and four sons of Col. Wilmer Grubb who was shot down in 1966 while piloting a US Air Force jet during the Viet Nam-American War. Col. Grubb was classified as Missing In Action then confirmed as a Prisoner of War but he never came home to his family. The Grubb sons wish to visit Viet Nam to retrace their father’s footsteps with those involved in his journey.
We first came across this unique story when a member of the Vietnamese military unit responsible for shooting down the jet, who was visiting America for the first time, wished to meet with Col. Grubb. At that moment he discovered that Col. Grubb had actually died while in captivity in Viet Nam. After visiting Col. Grubb’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnamese visitor asked a member of our producer team to help him find the Grubb family in order to share with them his stories about the events of 1966. To that end, last March, I personally delivered to the Grubb sons a handwritten letter from the Vietnamese contact inviting them to Viet Nam.
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