Berea welcomes home Vietnam War veteran who was denied a proper welcome 50 years ago

Berea welcomes home Vietnam War veteran who was denied a proper welcome 50 years ago
Willie Springer (Source: WOIO)

BEREA, Ohio (WOIO) - The city of Berea officially welcomed Sgt. Willie Springer back home.

He said 50 years ago when he returned from combat duty in Vietnam, no one was there to greet him.

He was met with stares and was spit on at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

On Thursday, the city will throw a surprise party for him at the pavilion at Coe Lake Park to properly welcome him home.

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