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

By Alvin Townley

During the Vietnam struggle, thousands of yank prisoners-of-war confronted years of brutal stipulations and bad torture by the hands of North Vietnamese guards and interrogators who ruthlessly plied them for army intelligence and propaganda. decided to take care of their Code of behavior, the POWs built a robust underground resistance. To quash it, their captors singled out its 11 leaders, Vietnam’s personal “dirty dozen,” and banished them to an remoted reformatory that will develop into often called Alcatraz. None would depart its solitary cells and interrogation rooms unscathed; one might by no means return.

As those 11 males suffered in Hanoi, their better halves at domestic introduced a rare crusade that will eventually spark the national POW/MIA circulate. The contributors of those army households banded jointly and confirmed the braveness not just to endure years of doubt in regards to 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 pass directly to obtain the Medal of Honor, one other could develop into a U.S. Senator, and a 3rd nonetheless serves within the U.S. Congress.

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

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The quality and substance of the answers seemed less important, and so Shu slowly began talking, feeding the North Vietnamese a diet of falsehoods made all the more believable by his soft voice and mild, earnest manner. After that session, he returned to the solitude of Room Nineteen, amused by his performance. However, he soon realized—with horror and regret—that he’d broken the Code of Conduct. Though he’d lied, he’d given up more than the Big Four. He’d started down a dangerous path of compromise.

I Love a Parade Photograph 7: The Hanoi March 9. Superman! Photograph 8: George McKnight Photograph 9: Nels Tanner 10. Your Adoring Husband Photograph 10: Sybil Stockdale and sons 11. BACK US 12. A Snake You Can’t Kill Photograph 11: Howie Rutledge 13. A Helluva Story Photograph 12: George Coker 14. The Bad Camp Photograph 13: Alcatraz 15. To Tell the World 16. We Will Break You Now Photograph 14: Jim Mulligan Photograph 15: Ron Stortz 17. Blackmail Photograph 16: Jim Stockdale 18. The Captain of My Soul 19.

He turned right and was shoved through a doorway. Then the guards removed his blindfold. He looked around at a Spartan room with white walls and a smooth concrete floor. He guessed he was somewhere in Hanoi. In fact, he stood near the city’s heart. He had arrived at one of the darkest spots in Southeast Asia: Hỏa Lò Prison. * * * When native Vietnamese forces surrendered to the French in 1883, the conquerors quickly consolidated their power and claimed the territory’s people and resources for France.

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