Hanoi Hilton Prison: 6 March 2013

Hanoi Hilton was the name given by captured American pilots to the prison in Hanoi in which they were incarcerated by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War. The prison was in fact built by French Colonists between the period of 1886 through 1901. The French named the prison Maison Centrale, or Central House. The Vietnamese knew the prison as Hoa Lo, or "Hell's Hole." It was built to hold mainly Vietnamese political prisoners who were trying to overthrow the French rule of Vietnam. The first American pilot sent to Maison Centrale was Lieutenant Everett Alvaraz, who was shot down on 5 August 1964; he spent over 8 years in captivity. Vice Presidential candidate James Stockdale, Presidential candidate John McCain and Douglas Peterson, the first American Ambassador to Vietnam, were among the American pilots who were held captive in the 'Hanoi Hilton' prison. John McCain returns to Vietnam for a tour. 24 April 2000.

The Hanoi Hilton prison is located on the left of the maps tracked route. Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and the Presidential Palace is located within the green area in the center of the map. The hotel is located near the small lake on the right side of the map. The route's were tracked by a GPS.

The main entry to the Hanoi Hilton.

The flight suit worn by John McCain when he was captured, after he ejected from his burning and disabled fighter jet. John McCain at the Hanoi Hilton with his 13 year old son on 26 April 2000.

We are on our way to the prison. Vietnam, from north to south is full of motor scooters, whose drivers seem to know no fear.

Inside the prison. Mannequins confined by leg irons.

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