The Viet Nam Veterans of America Chapter 203 recognized POW John Sparks at its March meeting on Monday night.
In April, 1968, Mr. Sparks was flying a reconnaissance mission over North Viet Nam when his OV-1 Mohawk twin engine fixed wing aircraft was shot down. He was captured and spent five years in a Hanoi POW camp. He was released in March, 1973 and returned home two months later.
Chapter 203 members gave Mr. Sparks a standing ovation as he shook hands with another chapter member, Wayne Aldridge.
Mr. Sparks was presented the “Quilt of Valor” in 2019 by the DAR, Chief John Ross Chapter. Mr. Sparks has participated in many Armed Forces Day Parades and plans to be in this year’s parade on May 6, in downtown Chattanooga.
President Charlie Hobbs thanked Mr. Sparks for his service saying, “The Army veteran represents the true spirit of patriotism and served with distinction.” Mr. Sparks is one of the last remaining living POW’s in this area.
VVA Chapter 203 will participate in the 73rd annual Armed Forces Day parade. The chapter will also display the Tennessee Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at the Valley Fest in Dunlap on May 6 and 7.
Chapter 203 meets the third Monday night at the McCallie Avenue building at 1304 McCallie Ave. The chapter is the second largest in the United States.
For information, call 991-5858.