By: Alex Sellen
On October 21, 2014, Newnan High School’s History Department had the great honor of hosting a decorated veteran from the Vietnam War.
Brigadier General James E. Sehorn is a long time Air Force Veteran and visited NHS to share his stories and experiences. Seehorn spoke during third block to Mr. Quisenberry’s Vietnam War class and Mr. Henderson’s World War II class as well as during a special event hosted by the History Department later that evening.
Sehorn’s speech began at 7 p.m. in the Newnan Auditorium and lasted approximately an hour.
Sehorn’s speech was a heartfelt reflection over the five year period of time that he spent as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.
Sehron was shot down on December 14, 1967, and after a grueling sixty-three months spent in captivity, he was finally released.
While a prisoner of war, Sehorn was held and transported between different camps, the most notable one being the infamous Hanoi Hilton.
Sehorn’s stories kept the audience engaged and on the edge of their seats for the entirety of his speech.
His stories, whether about the squalid living conditions, sickness, torture or more pleasant events such as playing games and bonding with other cell mates, left a profound effect on the audience that could be felt throughout the room.
When Sehorn recalled leaving the camp and returning home, his speech became especially emotional when Sehorn himself even shed some tears sharing the memory.
His firsthand account of the these experiences gave students a new perspective and appreciation for the Vietnam War and all of those who served in it.
The NHS History Department is very thankful fo Brigadier General Sehorn’s appearance and appreciates him going out of his way to speak to our school.