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Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous by Alvin Townley

By Alvin Townley

During the Vietnam warfare, hundreds of thousands of yankee prisoners-of-war confronted years of brutal stipulations and terrible torture by the hands of North Vietnamese guards and interrogators who ruthlessly plied them for army intelligence and propaganda. made up our minds to take care of their Code of behavior, the POWs built a strong underground resistance. To quash it, their captors singled out its 11 leaders, Vietnam’s personal “dirty dozen,” and banished them to an remoted penal complex that might develop into often called Alcatraz. None would go away its solitary cells and interrogation rooms unscathed; one may by no means return.

As those 11 males suffered in Hanoi, their other halves at domestic introduced a rare crusade that might eventually spark the national POW/MIA stream. The contributors of those army households banded jointly and confirmed the braveness not just to endure years of doubt concerning the destiny in their husbands and fathers, yet to bravely struggle for his or her secure go back. while the survivors of Alcatraz ultimately got here domestic, one veteran would cross directly to obtain the Medal of Honor, one other may develop into a U.S. Senator, and a 3rd nonetheless serves within the U.S. Congress.

A strong tale of survival and triumph, Alvin Townley's Defiant will encourage somebody pondering how braveness, religion, and brotherhood can suffer even within the darkest of situations.

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S. aviator captured in North Vietnam. Shu had now become the second. * * * Soldiers quickly bound his hands, blindfolded him, and stuffed him into a jeep. Then he began a three-day journey that would take him from Đồng Hới to the North Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. Every pothole the driver hit sent pain shooting up Shu’s injured back, making the trip all the worse. The jeep stopped before entering each town along the way, and a political officer would hustle into the village and gather crowds of citizens to receive the prisoner.

Jim Stockdale knew too many who’d died amid smashed metal and hot-burning wreckage, but he believed that he would avoid that fate; he would return. Through a combination of heavenly grace, raw talent, and navy training, he controlled his airplane and his destiny. Those that perished had made some mistake, had committed some error, had not lived up to the standard. Stepping into a jet cockpit on the pitching deck of an aircraft carrier required trust in self and machine as well as a belief in the former’s dominance over the latter.

America’s] reply,” he said, “is being given as I speak to you tonight. ” As Johnson spoke, viewers could envision a deluge of bombs avenging the two reported attacks, when in fact the bombs had yet to fall. Jim Stockdale had been rousted out of his bunk only several hours earlier, as August 5 dawned on the waters off Vietnam, to lead the first wave of aircraft off Ticonderoga; the planes had launched less than an hour before Johnson’s speech. In a move that foreshadowed the disconnect that would persist between battlefield pilots and Washington strategists throughout the coming war, President Johnson announced the attacks before bombs had been dropped.

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