This story starts at takeoff at DaNang AB, South Vietnam on a bombing mission in North Vietnam about 7 miles North of the DMZ and ends at arrival at the infamous prison named by Vietnam POWs “THE HANOI HILTON”. MARCH 2-10, 1965
When people ask about being a POW, they want to know what the Hanoi Hilton was like. What happened in the Hilton was the same for all of us. But what happened before we got to the Hilton or some other site was quite different. Some pilots were shot down around Hanoi and immediately became POWs. Others marched long distances before they got to a camp. Some never made it to a camp those stories we will never hear; but most POWs have a unique story to tell about their shootdown and how they got to a POW camp.
Col. Jack Van Loan’s Memorial Service was held on October 26, 2019, in downtown Columbia, SC, at Five Points’ Centennial Plaza where a statue of Jack leaving the P.O.W. camp is situated. About 2oo attended the serv...21 October, 2019 No comment 1 Like
The Solo Flight I first flew the “A” at Nellis, checking-out in the Hun in 1958. I had a couple of dual rides in the “F”, then a chase ride in the “A”. I was sent out to solo over Lak...27 August, 2019 No comment 1 Like
The Super Sabre Society received the following information from Bill Fowler, son of F-100 Pilot Mel Fowler. My father, Lt Col Mel Fowler commanded several F-100 squadrons in Europe and Vietnam. His last command was the 5...05 August, 2019 No comment 3 Likes
Jack Linwood Van Loan was born December 16, 1931, in Eugene, Oregon, to his late parents, Wendell Linwood Van Loan, Ph.D., and Lillian Schroeder Van Loan, Ph.D. At the age of 87, he peacefully passed away at home surroun...15 October, 2019 No comment 0 Likes
Joseph Richard Murphy, Jr. Joseph Richard (Dick) Murphy, Jr. passed away peacefully at home on October 15, 2019, with his family surrounding him with their love. Dick was born on September 24, 1933, in Parkersburg, WV to...15 October, 2019 No comment 0 Likes