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Steve Keirn holds a photograph of his father, Richard, sitting in an F-4 fighter jet that his dad flew during the Vietnam War. Richard Keirn’s jet was downed in 1965, and for a year, he was believed to be dead. His captivity robbed him and his son of eight years of bonding.Photos by OCTAVIO JONES | Times

A POW's story unlocked fame for his wrestler son

TAMPA As a Vietnam prisoner of war, the late Richard Keirn lost out on eight years of bonding while his son, Steve, grew from a teen to a man. Their relationship never fully blossomed because of those missing years. Still, Keirn left a lasting impact on his son, who would become a professional wrestler, by allowing …