Images: National POW/MIA Recognition Day [Image 1 of 5]
Photo by Senior Airman Racheal Watson
Retired U.S. Navy Commander George Coker, former North Vietnam prisoner of war, recalls his experiences during the POW-MIA ceremony at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Sept. 21, 2012. Coker escaped from his prison in Hanoi in October 1967, but was recaptured after traveling approximately 15 miles. After his release from captivity, he received the Navy Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star and the POW medal.