The local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter took on a new look when members voted to adopt the name of one of its members to be the official name of the chapter. To honor the longest serving enlisted POW in US military history, the members voted to name their chapter: Vietnam Veterans of America Capt. Bill Robinson Chapter 1078 of Knoxville, Tennessee .
Airman 1st Class Bill Robinson was part of the team trying to rescue a downed pilot in North Vietnam on Sept. 20, 1965. Enemy ground fire took down their helicopter. After crash landing, the four-man crew and pilot were captured. Thus began a 2703 day ordeal leading up to his return 12 February 1973.
Robinson’s honorable service in the face of unspeakable challenges, his involvement in the activities of the chapter and his positive approach to life were all factors in the decision of his fellow veterans voting to name their chapter in his honor.
Vietnam Veterans of America Capt. Bill Robinson Chapter 1078 of Knoxville, Tennessee membership is made up of men and women who served on active duty (for other than training purposes) in the US military in the Republic of Vietnam between 28 February 1961 and 7 May 1975 or in duty station between 5 August 1964 and 7 May 1975 and were honorably discharged. They meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm in the American Red Cross building, 6921 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37909.