By Alvin Townley
During the Vietnam battle, 1000s of yankee 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. made up our minds to keep up 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 prison that will develop into often called Alcatraz. None would depart its solitary cells and interrogation rooms unscathed; one may by no means return.
As those 11 males suffered in Hanoi, their better halves at domestic introduced a unprecedented 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 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 strong tale of survival and triumph, Alvin Townley's Defiant will motivate an individual thinking about how braveness, religion, and brotherhood can suffer even within the darkest of situations.
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The main gate is top, center. When he arrived at Hỏa Lò Prison, Bob Shumaker knew none of this. He just found an old, dirty colonial garrison. There in his holding room, he could only speculate that elsewhere in the facility, jailers had locked away Ev Alvarez, who Shu knew was the first aviator taken captive. Indeed, Alvarez was locked in Room Twenty-four, less than 100 feet away. Since Shu had worn a blindfold throughout his drive into Hanoi, it took his eyes some time to readjust. Observing his new room more closely, he found it not unpleasant and, in fact, fairly spacious—perhaps 12 by 15 feet—more like an office than a prison cell.
They must have cast-iron bottoms,” Shu thought to himself. ” As his fruitless efforts to reeducate Bob Shumaker continued, Owl explained that under North Vietnam’s direction, South Vietnamese factions—Communist and not—that opposed the American-backed regime of Ngô Đình Diệm founded the National Liberation Front (NLF), a Communist-led political organization. ” Owl praised the resistance and its opposition to what he viewed as a puppet regime in Saigon. He told Shu the NLF would triumph, aided by North Vietnam, which was pumping men and materials southward along a jungle transportation network that the United States nicknamed the “Hồ Chí Minh Trail” after North Vietnam’s head of state and chairman of its Vietnamese Communist Party.
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