Vietnam War Famous Prisoners at the Hanoi Hilton  

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List Rules Notable inmates at Hỏa Lò Prison

List of Famous Prisoners at the Hanoi Hilton ranked by fame and popularity. The Hanoi Hilton is the nickname that American prisoners gave the Hỏa Lò Prison. The Hanoi Hilton was used by the North Vietnam to hold prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. American prisoners of war endured miserable conditions and were tortured until they were forced to make an anti-American statement. The prison was demolished in the 90s and is now the site of a historical museum.

Who was the most famous prisoner at the Hanoi Hilton? Senator John McCain tops our list. McCain spent five and a half years at the Hanoi Hilton, a time that he documented in his 1999 book “Faith of My Fathers.” McCain was subjected to rope bindings and beatings during his time as a POW. He was finally released in 1973, although his war time injuries have caused permanent damage to his right arm.

Navy Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr. spent over eight years as a POW, making him the longest resident of the Hanoi Hilton and the second longest held POW in American history. Alvarez has since been the recipient of the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Purple Heart Medals and the Lone Sailor Award.

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John McCain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Prisoners at the Hanoi Hilton
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John Sidney McCain III was an American politician and naval officer who served as a United States Senator from Arizona from 1987 until his death. He previously served two terms in the United States House of Representatives and was the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the 2008 election, which he lost to Barack Obama. McCain graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1958 and followed his father and grandfather—both four-star admirals—into the United States Navy. He became a naval aviator and flew ground-attack aircraft from aircraft carriers. During the Vietnam War, he was almost killed in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. ...more on Wikipedia

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James Stockdale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Prisoners at the Hanoi Hilton
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Joseph Kittinger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Prisoners at the Hanoi Hilton
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