"Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) ? John McCain" Hoa Lo Prison Tip by Willettsworld

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Probably the most famous POW inmate during the American War here, is US Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain. On October 26, 1967, he was flying his 23rd bombing mission over North Vietnam when his A-4E Sky hawk was shot down by a missile over Hanoi. McCain fractured both arms and a leg ejecting from the aircraft, and nearly drowned when he parachuted into Truc Bach Lake.

Although McCain was badly wounded, his captors refused to treat his injuries, beating and interrogating him to get information; he was given medical care only when the North Vietnamese discovered that his father was a top admiral. All-in-all, he spent 5.5 years as a POW and was released on March 14, 1973. His flight suit is on display plus a picture of him visiting the prison in 2000.

Open: 8-11.30am & 1.30-4.30pm every day. Admission: 5,000.

Address: 1 Hoa Lu, (Hai Ba Trung Street)
Phone: 04-824-6358
Website: http://www.triphanoi.com/attractions/11-hoa-lo-prison-hanoi.html

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  • Written May 15, 2010
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