American Ex-Prisoners of War
A not-for-profit, Congressionally-chartered veterans’ service organization advocating for former prisoners of war and their families.

Established April 14, 1942

Last Name:
First, Middle Name:
James Leon
292 VZ County Road 3727
City, State, Zip
Wills Point, Texas 75169-6907
E-Mail: Phone:
(903) 560-1734
“Jim” & “Guns"
Deborah “Debby” Ann
Southeast Asia
Branch of Service/Unit:
Air Force
Where Captured:
Near Hanoi, North Vietnam
Date Captured:
20 December 1972
Camps Held In:
"I was held in several camps, all in the vicinity of, or in, Hanoi. First I was taken to a camp called the "Plantation" for a couple of days, then moved to a camp called the "Zoo" for a couple of days more. I then spent the remainder of captivity at the Hoa Lo Prison, popularly referred to by its inhabitants as the 'Hanoi Hilton.'"
How Long Interned:
99 days
Date Released:
29 March 1973
Medals Received:
Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 OLC & V device, Bronze Star with V device, Purple Heart with 1 OLC, Air Medal with 1 OLC, POW Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 10 devices, and numerous Presidential and Unit Citations
Age at Capture:
Military Job:
B-52 Tail Gunner
After the War...
After leaving the military, Jim started his own carpentry company, Lake City Carpentry, Inc., building and re-modeling custom homes in Southern Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, and Northern Indiana. Jim is now retired and lives on beautiful Lake Tawakoni a few miles North of Wills Point, Texas, but he and his wife, Debby, “snow-bird” back-n-forth to their 2nd home in Phoenix, AZ.

He is very active with the American Ex-Prisoners of War Organization (AXPOW), Nam-POW Inc., and Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association (River Rats). Jim has served the AXPOW Org. as National Director (2006-2010), National Junior Vice Commander (2010-2012), National Senior Vice Commander (2012-2013), and is currently serving as National Commander (2013-2014) and as Department Commander (2010-2014) and Department Adjutant/Treasurer (2009-2014) for the State of Texas, and as Commander (2007-2014) of the Dallas Metroplex Chapter.

Jim continues to actively support the Andersonville National Historic Site with annual trips/visits to participate in the POW/MIA Recognition Day festivities, and assists the “Homes for our Troops (HOFT)” project in various fund-raising activities. HOFT is without a doubt the most gratifying job I’ve ever done: helping to raise funds to build “specially adapted homes” for our wounded warriors who have lost legs, arms, eyes, etc. in various conflicts around the world.

James Lollar was born and raised in Kilmichael, Mississippi, and joined the US Air Force a couple years after graduating from High School. Jim’s combat duty included assignment to Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam, in August 1967, and he volunteered for a 2nd tour and stayed until September 1969. During the 1st year, Jim was a bomb-loader on B-57 bomber and flew several missions as door-gunner on the UH-1 helicopter. During the 2nd year, Jim moved up to the AC-119, AC-47 and AC-130 Gunships. After a year’s tour with NATO as a Combat Weapons Monitor with the Turkish Air Force, Jim was sent to flight training to become a “Tail Gunner” for B-52 Bomber Operations and then flew combat missions into Laos, Cambodia, South and North Vietnam out of Kedena AB, Japan, Utapoa RTAFB, Thailand, and Andersen AB, Guam.

During Operation Linebacker II, Jim was the "sole survivor" when his aircraft was shot down over Hanoi, North Vietnam and became a member of the 4th Allied POW Wing (Nam-POW) at Hoa Lo Prison, the infamous "Hanoi Hilton."

Jim achieved the rank of Master/Sgt (E-7). After repatriating, he finished his BS degree in Accounting from Arkansas, was commissioned after OTS, and then completed an MBA in Financial Management at the University of Utah. After commissioning, Jim served as an Internal Auditor with the USAF Audit Agency and as Team Leader with HQ-Aeronautical Systems Division investigating government contractors on military procurement programs.

"Love from Above"