Welcome Home, Sam Johnson

On this day in 1973, Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) was freed during Operation Homecoming from “Alcatraz”, a facility in North Vietnam near the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.” He spent nearly seven years as a prisoner of war, having been tortured and placed in solitary confinement for 42 months.

“Freedom isn’t free,” says Johnson. “It has a cost, and that cost is paid first by our veterans and their families.”

Our veterans have met every mission we’ve asked of them. Today’s anniversary is a celebration of freedom, brotherhood, and courage, and of one of the many men that accepted the call of duty to protect our country against enemies foreign and domestic.


Photos courtesy of Rep. Sam. Johnson

As a grateful country, let us accept the challenge to share our veterans’ stories. Lest we forgot all they’ve done on our behalf.