It is our deep honor to produce a custom timepiece for CAPT. Jim Hickerson, a Silver Star recipient and a U.S. Naval Aviation legend. His Classic watch features his primary squadron, the VA-147 Argonauts, and the Tailhook Association logo; along with his A4 and A7 planes engraved on the caseback of the watch with his service dates: 1956 – 1986.
His Silver Star Citation reads:
“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. On 27 December 1967, his captors, completely ignoring international agreements, subjected him to extreme mental and physical cruelties in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes. Through his resistance to those brutalities, he contributed significantly toward the eventual abandonment of harsh treatment by the North Vietnamese, which was attracting international attention. By his determination, courage, resourcefulness, and devotion to duty, he reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces.”
He was held captive for 1,909 days… that’s over 5 years!