By Alvin Townley
During the Vietnam conflict, enormous quantities of yankee 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. made up our minds to take care of their Code of behavior, the POWs constructed 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 may develop into referred to as Alcatraz. None would go away its solitary cells and interrogation rooms unscathed; one might by no means return.
As those 11 males suffered in Hanoi, their other halves at domestic introduced a unprecedented crusade that may finally 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. whilst the survivors of Alcatraz eventually got here domestic, one veteran would move 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 an individual thinking about how braveness, religion, and brotherhood can undergo even within the darkest of situations.
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