James and Carole Hickerson were honored at the 7th annual Heart of a Hero event hosted by the Navy Hale Keiki School on the 20th of April. Carole and James are American Patriots, who have done so much for our country throughout the Vietnam and Cold wars.
Carole's first husband, Steve, was killed in Vietnam after his helicopter crashed.
Carole was unaware of the happenings in Vietnam, due to the "Suffer in Silence" policy imposed by the U.S. government.
Carole worked tirelessly with the American League of Families to promote change and put pressure on Vietnam, as well as the U.S. government.
With the loss of her husband and the determination to create awareness, she designed the logo used on the POW/MIA flag, which features Steve's silhouette. James was a Naval aviator who flew A-4's and was the fifth Naval aviator to ever fly A-7's, leading him to join the first ever A-7 squadron. He was deployed to Vietnam in the 60's, but became a Prisoner of War on December 22nd, 1967 after his plane was shot down.
James was a POW for over 5 years.
James was eventually freed and unknowingly met his wife a reception for Prisoners of War in 1973.
James and Carole are extremely active in the community, and are both members of the Navy League and the Pacific Aviation Museum.