By Alvin Townley
During the Vietnam conflict, hundreds of thousands of yank prisoners-of-war confronted years of brutal stipulations and awful 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 penitentiary that will develop into often called Alcatraz. None would go away its solitary cells and interrogation rooms unscathed; one could by no means return.
As those 11 males suffered in Hanoi, their better halves at domestic introduced a rare crusade that may eventually spark the national POW/MIA move. The participants 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 eventually got here domestic, one veteran would move directly to obtain the Medal of Honor, one other might turn 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 motivate a person puzzling over how braveness, religion, and brotherhood can undergo even within the darkest of situations.
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I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy. ARTICLE IV If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way. ARTICLE V When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am bound to give only name, rank, service number, and date of birth.
Shu thought he had evaded the search parties until one last North Vietnamese soldier happened to look through a small tunnel in the brush that led directly to Shu’s eyes. The two men stared at each other, and the soldier leveled an AK-47 at the fugitive. 38, but the soldier had the drop on him—and as one man with six bullets surrounded by foes with automatic weapons, he knew his odds. Bob Shumaker, the second American aviator captured in North Vietnam. An hour earlier, Shu’s Crusader had roared over the waves firmly under his control.
The Captain of My Soul 19. GBU Photograph 17: Nixon Press Conference 20. Mayday! Photograph 18: Louise Mulligan 21. O Say Can You See? 22. Peace Is at Hand 23. God Bless America Photograph 19: Jim Mulligan stepping into freedom Photograph 20: Jerry and Jane Denton Photograph 21: Bob Shumaker reunited with his family Photograph 22: CAG returns Epilogue Acknowledgments Notes Selected Bibliography Photo Credits How to Use the Index Index Also by Alvin Townley About the Author Copyright It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned by Alvin Townley