JACKSON(AP) — Retired Air Force Col. Jack Pitchford, a fighter pilot from Mississippi who survived seven years in the Vietnamese prison camp known as the Hanoi Hilton, has died. He was 82.

The Natchez, Miss., native was shot down in 1965 and taken to the Hoa Lo prison, a hellish place where Americans, including famous veterans like U.S. Sen. John McCain, were tortured.

Pitchford was released in 1973. His brother said Pitchford died Wednesday after battling a brain tumor.

He was born John Joseph Pitchford Jr. on May 29, 1927.

After earning his wings, Pitchford volunteered with the Wild Weasels, responsible for destroying surface-to-air missiles.

Services are 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Basilica in Natchez. Laird Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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