Today March 2 is the 50th anniversary of the shoot down and capture of the first Air Force POW of the Vietnam War. As part of the ongoing events celebrating the 50th Anniversary of that war, today AF Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh will host a ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington honoring Air Force POW/MIAs who did not return.
Captain Hayden Lockhart (USAFA Class of 1961) was the first Air Force pilot captured and was a POW for almost eight years. He returned with honor in February 1973. I look forward to joining General Welsh and other POW friends at the memorial service today.
Hayden J. Lockhart, Jr. – Vet Tribute Page