Rotary Club of Matthews POW Speaker Luncheon
Date and Time
Monday Apr 3, 2023
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Levine Senior Center
1050 Devore Lane
Matthews, NC 28105
Tickets are $10 for Guests (includes lunch)
Please join the Matthews Rotary Club as we welcome speaker Col J. Quincy Collins, Jr., USAF 1953 Graduate of the Citadel Charlotte, NC from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on April 3rd.
Col J. Quincy Collins, Jr., USAF 1953 Graduate of the Citadel Charlotte, NC- Flying an F-105 "Thud", he was shot down over North Vietnam 2 Sept 1965 suffering severe injuries of the head, leg and arms on ejection. Captured and held POW for 7 1/2 years, he endured constant torture at the infamous Hao Lo Prison, a.k.a. Hanoi Hilton. The longest POW of any Citadel alumnus and one of the longest held in American history, he was labeled as "incorrigible" by the North Vietnamese and was a "cellmate" of John McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee for President. While a POW, and at the risk of extreme torture, he courageously wrote a patriotic song on bathroom tissue using blood as ink that was sung by all the POWs in 1972 during a prison uprising, and again at a Nixon White House reception for POW's in 1973. The recipient of 2 Silver Stars and parachutist rating, he was later a very successful commercial real estate broker in Charlotte, NC.
PLEASE RSVP BY MARCH 27th.