Everett Alvarez, Jr.
A native of San Jose, California, Lieutenant Everett Alvarez, Jr., was stationed on the USS Constellation in the South China Sea at the time of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in 1964. Piloting an A-4 Skyhawk, Alvarez was shot down over North Vietnam on August 5, 1964. He was transferred to the "Hanoi Hilton" prison and spent the next eight years as a prisoner of war. Alvarez was the first American pilot taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese.