- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - A Duluth man who was held as a prisoner of war for seven years has been honored with a statue bearing his likeness.

WDIO-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1Iss9It ) U.S. Navy Commander David Wheat pulled off the covering alongside his family, revealing it to the public for the first time at a special ceremony Friday at the Commemorative Air Force Lake Superior Squadron.

He returned home in 1973. The monument also lists the names of 63 Vietnam vets who were held captive.

Artist Tim Cleary says the statue shows Wheat bound and struggling to his feet.

The Northland Veterans Service Committee raised $60,000 to create the statue, which will eventually be placed permanently in the Duluth Airport.

Mayor Don Ness also declared June 5 as “David Wheat Day” in the city of Duluth.

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Information from: WDIO-TV, https://www.wdio.com

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