William Robinson became a POW when he was captured after his helicopter crashed in Ha Tinh Province, North Vietnam, on September 20, 1965. He remained a prisoner of war for 2,703 days. No other American was a POW in Vietnam for as long as Robinson.
While serving as a crew chief aboard a U.S. Air Force Rescue helicopter, Airman First Class William A. Robinson was shot down and captured in Ha Tinh Province, North Vietnam, on September 20, 1965. After a brief stint at the “Hanoi Hilton,” Robinson endured 2,703 days in multiple North Vietnamese prison camps, including the notorious Briarpatch and various compounds at Cu Loc, known by the inmates as the Zoo. No enlisted man in American military history has been held as a prisoner of war longer than Robinson. For seven and a half years, he faced daily privations and endured the full range of North Vietnam’s torture program. Read more, University of Kentucky Press.