Johnson commemorates National POW/ MIA Recognition Day

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Washington, September 20, 2013 | comments

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) released the following statement commemorating the 2013 National Prisoner of War (POW) and Missing in Action (MIA) Recognition Day.  Johnson, a 29-year Air Force veteran, spent nearly 7 years as a POW in Vietnam, nearly half of that time in solitary confinement.

“As a former Prisoner of War, having endured endless torture and ongoing starvation for nearly seven years – in an odd way - I consider myself lucky.  I came home.  In fact, this year I am blessed to celebrate 40 years of freedom.  I wish that I could say that about each of our brave men and women classified as a prisoner of war or missing in action.  Continuing the search is the least we could do for the loved ones of those missing.  Recognizing National POW/ MIA day is one more way to always have their memory live on.  Our missing country men want, need, and deserve their freedom and your prayers.  We will never forget them.  We will find them and bring them home.”

Johnson is a decorated combat veteran and war hero awarded two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, one Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple Hearts, four Air Medals, and three Outstanding Unit Awards. 

Johnson chronicles his POW experience in solitary confinement in his autobiography, Captive Warriors.  The book details the stories of the self-named "Alcatraz Gang," including great American patriots, such as Jeremiah Denton and Jim Stockdale. 

In 2011, Johnson accepted the Freedom of Flight Award at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards, dubbed the Oscars of aviation, from renowned air show pilot Bob Hoover.  On the 66th Anniversary of the U.S. Air Force - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – Johnson received the Air Force Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award that recognizes not a single achievement but a lifetime of work in the advancement of aerospace.

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