Former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz joined "Fox & Friends" to salute longtime U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, who will be retiring after nearly 27 years of service.

Johnson (R-Texas), 88, announced at the start of 2017 that he would he would not be seeking re-election.

"I have always considered the citizens I serve as my extended family with whom I have a special bond.  And what a journey we have shared together!" he said.

Johnson, a 29-year Air Force veteran and a prisoner of war, flew lead solo with the elite Thunderbirds demonstration squadron.

He told Chaffetz how he and famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin attended flight school together and both served in during the Korean War at the same time.

"He's been a close friend the whole way," Johnson said. "All the way to the moon and back."


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During Johnson's 25th mission in Vietnam, he was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese.

Aldrin honored Johnson by wearing his POW bracelet when he landed on the moon in 1969.

"We didn't stop fighting from inside the cells and caused them a lot of havoc while we were there," Johnson said of his seven years as a prisoner.

Johnson said there's no reason for anyone to disrespect the American flag, and that people need to set a proper example for the rest of the world.

Chaffetz said Thursday that Johnson is a "true American hero" who went above and beyond the call of duty.

Johnson made headlines last year when he had a motorized scooter race with GOP Rep. Steve Scalise, who had just returned to Congress after being seriously wounded in a shooting. 

Watch the piece above to learn more about Johnson and his incredible history.


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