Today March 2nd – 50th anniversary of POW Shoot Down & Capture: See Inside

Hayden  J.  Lockhart,  Jr.

Hayden J. Lockhart, Jr.

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

4 Comments on “Today March 2nd – 50th anniversary of POW Shoot Down & Capture: See Inside

Carolyn Everett
November 18, 2018 at 11:43 pm

I have the pow/mia bracelet that I wore with Captain Lockharts name and date.
If he is interested I would like to send it to him….Carolyn Everett,

Kevin Light
November 21, 2018 at 1:57 pm

Hi Carolyn – thanks for your reply regarding Capt Lockhart. We don’t have direct contact with his family, but you can try to learn more about him on the POW Network website — please go to It’s very thoughtful of you to reach out! Kevin @ Leading with Honor

Cecilia Perales
May 26, 2019 at 10:18 pm

I also have and wore that bracelet in the 1970″s,and would like to donate it to the family or museum. I am from Corpus Christi,TX.

Larry Smith
May 9, 2020 at 7:10 pm

It makes me wonder how many bracelets they made for each POW/MIA airmen… I too have and wore a bracelet with Capt. Lockhart’s name on it. I never thought to look it up till I came across it last night. I was very Happy to hear that Mr. Lockhart had made it thru the war and the very trying times of being a POW, hopefully he’s still enjoying life with his Loved ones and friends.


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