On Patrol recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War — a floating anniversary, to be sure — to honor the courageous men and women involved in that conflict. Young infantry troops, airmen and sailors fought, endured and survived the brutality of the Vietnam jungle.
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Sep 16, 2021
What is the Black and White Flag Flown on POW/MIA Recognition Day?
The POW/MIA flag, a solemn black-and-white banner, stands as a tribute to the troops who fought in Vietnam and remain missing or unaccounted for, as well as all missing service personnel who have not yet been returned to American soil. Typically, it is flown POW/MIA Recognition Day on the third Friday in September, but in some locations, it is displayed all year-round.
Sep 18, 2019
Second-Longest Held POW in American History Details How He Was Captured
When Everett Alvarez, a young naval aviator, told his crewmates he'd see them "later" when he ejected over North Vietnam on August 5, 1964, he didn't think that moment would lead to 8 years of captivity, making him the second-longest held POW in U.S. history.