During the 5½ years he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, Frank E. Cius Jr. often thought about his parents’ bar on Genesee Street back in Buffalo, Frankie’s Inn, named in honor of his dad.

Cold beer, fish fries and other delicious delights from the tavern’s kitchen seemed like heaven to Cius, a Burgard Vocational High School graduate who worked there as a bartender before enlisting in the Marines.

Cius recalls that he became a POW on June 5, 1967 – but not without a fight.....