Retired brigadier general, former POW to speak at Hearnes Center

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | 5:42 p.m. CST; updated 6:33 p.m. CST, Tuesday, November 13, 2012

COLUMBIA — Jim Sehorn will speak about his five years as a Vietnam prisoner of war at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hearnes Center. 

Sehorn, who retired as an Air Force brigadier general, was shot down and taken prisoner on Dec. 14, 1967, over Hanoi, North Vietnam. He remained in camps for more than five years and was awarded the silver star for his courage, according to the Military Times. 


Event: Retired Brigadier General James Sehorn speaks at MU

Where: MU Hearnes Center- 600 East Stadium Boulevard, Columbia, MO 65203

When: Thursday Nov. 15 at 7-9 p.m. 

Register at to print your ticket 

The event is free but donations are welcome and will go to the Wounded Warrior Project and the youth mission trip. 

"During these years my faith in God and country was deepened significantly," Sehorn is quoted in his bio as saying. "I am proud of the men I served with and the way they withstood the enemy."

The 30 members of the Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church youth group wanted to bring Sehorn to Columbia after meeting him during their mission trips to Hayesville, N.C., the past two summers. They were so moved by Sehorn's story they wanted to share it with Columbia, said Tim Rost, the youth leader at the church.  

"One night he told the whole story," Rost said. "He gave an hour-and-half talk to 100 kids, and nobody moved a muscle. They were all crying, and it was just unbelievable." 

Sehorn is a humble man, though he went through so much, Rost said. He wants everything to be about his message of heroism, patriotism and strength, not about him.

More than 1,000 people have printed off tickets for the free event, said Brian Neuner, former sports director for KOMU and the master of ceremonies for the event.

Neuner said the youth group has received immense support for the event.

The speech is geared toward teens and families. Parents are encouraged to use discretion when deciding whether to attend because of the "real-life" content of Sehorn's stories that might not be suitable for young children, Rost said.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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