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3.25.03

Gulf War POW recalls ordeal

As some American POWs are possibly being beaten and tortured. Myrtle Beach's Jeff Fox recalls the ordeal he survived 12 years ago, during the first Gulf War.

"I lived moment to moment. I didn't know if i was going to be alive, whether you're going to be killed. Where you're going to go next. Where you're at, what day it was, what time it was," said Fox, a former Lieutenant-Colonel in the Air Force.

In February of 1991, Fox was shot down near the Iraq/Kuwait border, where he was quickly spotted and captured. He was moved to Basrah, then Baghdad, where he was tortured by Iraqi government officials.

"They broke your eardrum, they beat you up. They didn't feed you. I lost 25 pounds. They put you in a facility that was about to be bombed," Fox said.

Fifteen days later, he returned home a hero and celebrity. For the past 12 years, he was able to let the wounds of war and imprisonment heal. But now, his phone rings off the hook, with offers to appear on national t-v and radio. He always accepts, hoping to his message will reach today's POWs.

"Hang in there. Do what they've trained you to do. Don't worry about it. And we are coming to get you out!"

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