Orson Swindle, a decorated Vietnam War prisoner of war, was interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam after he was shot down on November 11, 1966, and was held until his release on March 4, 1973 (6 years, 4 months). Swindle served over twenty years as a Naval Aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps, and he retired as a lieutenant colonel. Orson Swindle was a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission of the United States from December 18, 1997 to June 30, 2005. He had previously served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce during the Reagan Administration.
Orson Swindle: Vietnam POW, Naval Aviator (USMC)
Interview with Orson Swindle. Swindle was a naval aviator with the USMC and a POW in Vietnam. He shared a cell with John McCain.