Lt. Col. Jack Van Loan was stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB before deployment to Southeast Asia in 1966. He was on a mission in an F4 Phantom fighter jet northeast of Hanoi on May 20, 1967, when a North Vietnamese MiG engaged him in a dogfight. His F4 suffered a hit and he and co-pilot Capt. Joe Milligan were forced to eject. Both were captured and imprisoned for six years. Van Loan died in Oct., 2019, at age 87.

He said of his captors, "They treated us like animals and criminals... We were subjected to constant degradation, humiliation and privation." He refused to gave interrogators any information and suffered for it for nearly two years.

Van Loan spent part of his time at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton," alongside Navy pilot (and later Arizona Senator) John McCain.

Van Loan said he "did not agree" with demonstrations against U.S. involvement in Vietnam. However, he added "I will absolutely defend their right to demonstrate peacefully and their right to assembly." He continued, "I always believe we as citizens must keep in mind what effect our actions have in the enemy capitol."