Former POW speaks at MOAACC luncheon


Michael Lane was born in 1941 in New Haven, Connecticut. He was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC Program at the University of Notre Dame on Feb. 1, 1964. He went on active duty beginning June 6, 1964.

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Retired Air Force Col. Michael Lane, a former prisoner of war, was the featured speaker at the October luncheon of the Military Officers Association of America, Cape Canaveral Chapter (MOAACC). He spoke about his experiences of being shot down over North Vietnam, his time in captivity and his repatriation to the United States.

Lane entered Air Force pilot training in 1964. He completed training in F4 aircraft and in April 1965 reported for his first operational assignment at Royal Air Force Bentwaters in the United Kingdom. He was transferred to Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam on Nov. 12, 1966, and he was shot down over North Vietnam 20 days later. He was held prisoner for 2,270 days before being repatriated on Feb. 18, 1973.

Lane served for several years in various capacities in the Air Force Systems Command, retiring in September 1986. He then began a second career working for McDonnell Douglas Helicopters and forming a company with three other colleagues to build aircraft simulators and ground-based training systems before finally retiring in 2013.

Lane’s military awards include: a Silver Star; 2 Legions of Merit; the Distinguished Flying Cross; the Bronze Star with V device; a Purple Heart; the Air Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal and the POW Medal.