Everett Alvarez, War Hero

On August 5, 1964, Navy pilot Everett Alvarez was the first US aviator shot down during the Vietnam War. He endured 8 years and 7 months of brutal captivity as an enemy combatant by the North Vietnamese. Alvarez served on the President’s Task Force to improve Health Care Delivery for our Nation’s Veterans.  He earned several awards, including as one of the top 25 Great Federal Employees by the Center for Excellence in Government. During the Vietnam War, about 25% of the front line casualties were Latinos. At that time, Latinos comprised only 5% of the US population.