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On Sept. 20, 1965, U.S. Air Force Capt. Jerry Curtis was piloting a combat search and rescue mission to save a downed F-105 pilot in North Vietnam when his helicopter was brought down by enemy fire, and he was held as a prisoner of war for 2,703 days.

Curtis spent much of his captivity at an infamous prisoner of war camp dubbed the Hanoi Hilton before finally being released on Feb. 12, 1973.

He will share his experiences during a Veterans Day service at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Floca Pavilion of the Hillcrest Cemetery, 1873 N. First St. in Temple.

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It was only supposed to be a temporary assignment, but flying on a rescue mission one September day in 1965 led to more than 2,700 days of captivity for Jerry Curtis, an officer in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.