Bill Heads To Obama To Rename Post Office For Prisoner Of War Killed In Vietnam

May 27, 2016

Harold George Bennett

The U.S. Senate has approved a bill to name the post office in Perryville after an Arkansas native who was killed while he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

The post office would be named the Harold George Bennett Post Office under the proposal by U.S. Rep. French Hill and Sen. John Boozman.

The proposal now goes to the president for his signature.

Bennett was a native of the Thornburg community about 7 miles south of Perryville and was the first American prisoner of war killed in Vietnam when he was executed on June 25, 1965, after three escape attempts.

He served as a Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, adviser in South Vietnam and had been captured on Dec. 29, 1964, during a firefight with Viet Cong guerrillas.