Everett Alvarez: Introduction (01:25)
Alvarez flew one combat mission and was captured by the enemy; he did not return to the U.S. for over eight years. He became an inspiration to the nation upon his return.
Alvarez's Early Years (02:05)
Alvarez was born in December 1937 in Salinas, California. He graduated college in 1960, enlisted in Navy Officer Candidate School, and underwent flight training. His first assignment was Attack Squadron 144.
Gulf of Tonkin Incident (03:31)
Alvarez's first tour was uneventful. In August 1964, North Vietnamese PT boats triggered retaliatory strikes; Alvarez was part of the attack on Hong Gai's harbor. Alvarez recalls his plane getting shot down.
American POW (03:37)
Two days after Alvarez was shot down, the U.S. passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. The North Vietnamese treated Alvarez as a criminal. Alvarez recalls his capture, and interrogation.
"Hanoi Hilton" (04:15)
The North Vietnamese transferred Alvarez to H?a Lò Prison; Alvarez recalls the continued interrogations. He was occasionally allowed to write a letter and receive selected information of the outside world; he once spoke with American ex-patriot Robert Williams.
POW Perseverance (03:28)
Alvarez persevered during his imprisonment at the "Hanoi Hilton;" the prisoner count continued to grow. Other POWs discuss communicating in prison. Torture was commonplace and several Americans died.
Breaking Prisoner Spirits (03:16)
In 1966, the North Vietnamese put several POWs on parade through Hanoi city streets. The number of POWs increased. Alvarez eventually signed confessions of hostility toward North Vietnam.
Prisoner Release (01:07)
Alvarez and the other POWs were released from the "Hanoi Hilton" in February 1973. Alvarez was in captivity for over eight years.
Credits: Legends of Air Power: Everett Alvarez (00:30)
Credits: Legends of Air Power: Everett Alvarez
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