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Mrs. Aline C. Butcher with sign welcoming her son home from Laos, February 1973 Photographer: Cecil Lockard

Mrs. Aline C. Butcher with sign welcoming her son home from Laos, February 1973 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, February 15, 1973
Caption
'Can't Stop Being Excited' Mrs. Aline C. Bucher isn't afraid she's violating the city sign ordinance with this notice posted at the front of her home at 2226 Parkwood Ave. The sign, of course, is to welcome her son, Jack, 26, due to be released soon from a prisoner of war camp in Laos. Capt. Butcher, a 1969 U-M graduate, was shot down during a reconnaissance flight on March 24, 1971. Mrs. Butcher, a teacher at Slauson Middle School, says she "can't stop being excited."

POW Captain Jack Butcher speaks with another POW, Marine Captain James H. Warner, April 1973 Photographer: Cecil Lockard

POW Captain Jack Butcher speaks with another POW, Marine Captain James H. Warner, April 1973 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 15, 1973
Caption
Autographs Sought: Capt. Butcher was delayed in reaching a reception table at the American Legion post Saturday when youngsters besieged him for autographs. George Harms, state membership chairman for the Legion who coordinated the program, provided the teen-agers with paper plates on which Capt. Butcher, left, signed his name. Earlier the returned prisoner met, right, with another former POW, Marine Capt. James Warner of Ypsilanti, and his mother, Mrs. Virginia Warner. Capt. Butcher and his wife, Dawn, have their backs to the camera as they speak with the Warners.

Captain Jack Butcher with his mother Aline Butcher, and wife Dawn, April 1973 Photographer: Cecil Lockard

Captain Jack Butcher with his mother Aline Butcher, and wife Dawn, April 1973 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 15, 1973
Caption
Home Again: Capt. Jack M. Butcher, Ann Arbor's first prisoner of war to return from Vietnam, smiles as his mother, Mrs. Aline Butcher (center) and his wife Dawn applaud during a welcome-home program held Saturday at the University's baseball stadium. Ann Arbor Mayor James M. Stephenson is in the right background. (News Photo by Cecil Lockard)

POW Captain Jack Butcher signs an autograph, April 1973 Photographer: Cecil Lockard

POW Captain Jack Butcher signs an autograph, April 1973 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 15, 1973
Caption
Autographs Sought: Capt. Butcher was delayed in reaching a reception table at the American Legion post Saturday when youngsters besieged him for autographs. George Harms, state membership chairman for the Legion who coordinated the program, provided the teen-agers with paper plates on which Capt. Butcher, left, signed his name. Earlier the returned prisoner met, right, with another former POW, Marine Capt. James Warner of Ypsilanti, and his mother, Mrs. Virginia Warner. Capt. Butcher and his wife, Dawn, have their backs to the camera as they speak with the Warners.

Returning POW Captain Jack Butcher talks to crowd in Ann Arbor, April 1973 Photographer: Cecil Lockard

Returning POW Captain Jack Butcher talks to crowd in Ann Arbor, April 1973 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 15, 1973
Caption
A Warm Welcome: Capt. Jack M. Butcher, Ann Arbor's first returned prisoner of war, was welcomed home at Ray Fisher Baseball Stadium on the campus Saturday with speeches and signs. At the left, a young admirer displayed the sign she brought to the celebration. The Air Force Flyer, shot down over Laos in 1971, had a good view of that and other welcoming signs as he spoke to the crowd, right. In his talk he said he and other prisoners had not expected "such warmth" when they returned. (News Photos by Cecil Lockard)

Signs made for the return of POW Captain Jack Butcher to Ann Arbor, April 1973 Photographer: Cecil Lockard

Signs made for the return of POW Captain Jack Butcher to Ann Arbor, April 1973 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 15, 1973
Caption
A Warm Welcome: Capt. Jack M. Butcher, Ann Arbor's first returned prisoner of war, was welcomed home at Ray Fisher Baseball Stadium on the campus Saturday with speeches and signs. At the left, a young admirer displayed the sign she brought to the celebration. The Air Force Flyer, shot down over Laos in 1971, had a good view of that and other welcoming signs as he spoke to the crowd, right. In his talk he said he and other prisoners had not expected "such warmth" when they returned. (News Photos by Cecil Lockard)