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Published November 07, 2012, 06:03 PM

Fellow POW of John McCain speaks to NDSU audience

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A fellow prisoner of war of Arizona Senator John McCain is in Fargo.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A fellow prisoner of war of Arizona Senator John McCain is in Fargo.

Lt. Col. Barry Bridger was at NDSU to talk about his 6 years in captivity at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton."

Bridger was shot down over North Vietnam and taken prisoner in 1967.

He was one of about 350 Americans held captive.

He says his upbringing and values helped him survive the ordeal.

Lt. Col. Barry Bridger, “Hanoi Hilton” POW: “When we walked into that crushing environment of a POW camp, we took the values of our ancestors with us and I like to share that message with the young college students.”

Bridger kicked off a number of events to honor veterans on the NDSU campus. Veterans day is Sunday.

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