Vietnam Veterans were honored during weekend race activities by US Army Special Operations Command Parachute team, the Black Daggers and 5th Special Forces Group. The Veterans were the heroes of the 1970 Son Tay Raid.
The Nov. 21, 1970 raid led by Army Col. Arthur “Bull” Simons was an attempt to rescue American prisoners of war held by North Vietnamese Communists at a camp 23 miles outside of Hanoi. Although, the 70-man Special Forces team quickly secured the compound and killed 100 North Vietnamese soldiers during the 27-minute raid, there were no POW’s there. The prisoners had been moved five month previous because of flooding from a nearby river.