Broken Arrow Military History Center to Honor Korean War Veteran and POW

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It’s not often that the public has an opportunity to honor a living war veteran and prisoner of war. But that opportunity is available on March 2 at the Broken Arrow Military Center.

According to Jean E. Bailie, executive assistant at the Center, a birthday celebration for Cletys Idell Nordin, of Tulsa, is set for 3 p.m. on March 2 at the Center, 112 Main Street, Broken Arrow.

A Korean War veteran, Nordin was a prisoner of war of the Chinese for 966 days, according to Bailie. In addition, he was a double agent during his time as a POW, she said.

“His story is amazing.​ There were about 3,800 surviving American POWs returned after the armistice. He may be the only surviving Oklahoma POW from the Korean War.

“He will be 92 years old on March 2. We are honoring him because that is what we do. We honor our ‘walking exhibits’ anyway we can.  It just so happens that when we met him last week, we learned of his up-coming birthday, so decided to celebrate his birthday and honor his service.”

The Military History Center is a member of Green Country Marketing Assn., one of 11 multi-county organizations working with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the Oklahoma Travel Industry Assn. and the other multi-country associations to promote state tourism, an $8.9 billion industry.

For additional information, contact the Center at 918.794.2712.

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