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” and a little more.
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.
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 0 Likes
SSS Member David O. Williams (BGen, USAF Ret.) Headed West August 18, 2019. D.O. was a veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He flew P-40, P-47, F-84, F-101, F-10o, F-4, and F-15. He served in the Organization of the Joi...18 August, 2019 No comment 0 Likes
Col. Louis Anthony Silvestri, Jr., USAF (Ret.) “Headed West” July 21, 2019 Montgomery – Col. Louis Anthony Silvestri, Jr., USAF (Ret.) age 80, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019. He was born July 25, 193...26 July, 2019 No comment 0 Likes
Super Sabre Society member Air Force Lt. Col. A. T. Ballard, Jr., 87, of Spartanburg, SC, died Thursday, May 23, 2019. Lt. Col. Ballard was the second son of nine children born to Arthur T. Ballard, Sr. and Carrie DeStaf...16 July, 2019 No comment 2 Likes
Col. John “Jack” Gilchrist “Headed West” July 7, 2019 SSS Member Jack Gilchrist passed away suddenly on July 7, 2019. He had been admitted to the hospital two weeks earlier for kidney stones. Unfo...08 July, 2019 No comment 0 Likes
“Misty 101” James A. Nugent “Headed West” May 26, 2019 Col. James (Jim) Andra Nugent (USAF, Ret.), died May 26 at the VA Hospice in Lexington, KY. Jim graduated from Tioga High School in 1958 and went on to a distinguish...05 July, 2019 No comment 1 Like
Colonel Douglas R Young of Henderson, NV (USAF, Ret.) “Headed West”, May 21, 2019. Doug was born on January 29, 1938, to Burton H and Marjorie D (Reiniger) Young of Rathdrum, Idaho. He graduated from Washing...27 June, 2019 No comment 0 Likes