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Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned

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During the Vietnam War, hundreds of American prisoners-of-war faced years of brutal conditions and horrific torture at the hands of North Vietnamese guards and interrogators who ruthlessly plied them for military intelligence and propaganda. Determined to maintain their Code of Conduct, the POWs developed a powerful underground resistance. To quash it, their captors singled out its eleven leaders, Vietnams own “dirty dozen,” and banished them to an isolated jail that would become known as Alcatraz. None would leave its solitary cells and interrogation rooms unscathed; one would never return.

As these eleven men suffered in Hanoi, their wives at home launched an extraordinary campaign that would ultimately spark the nationwide POW/MIA movement. The members of these military families banded together and showed the courage not only to endure years of doubt about the fate of their husbands and fathers, but to bravely fight for their safe return. When the survivors of Alcatraz finally came home, one veteran would go on to receive the Medal of Honor, another would become a U.S. Senator, and a third still serves in the U.S. Congress.

A powerful story of survival and triumph, Alvin Townley's Defiant will inspire anyone wondering how courage, faith, and brotherhood can endure even in the darkest of situations.

About the Author

ALVIN TOWNLEY is the acclaimed author of Legacy of Honor: The Values and Influence of America's Eagle Scouts, Spirit of Adventure: Eagle Scouts and the Making of America's Future, and Fly Navy: Discovering the Extraordinary People and Enduring Spirit of Naval Aviation. He lives in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Prologue: A Dark Place

1. Black Sea and American Firepower

2. Welcome to the Hanoi Hilton

3. Dead or Alive?

4. I Submit

5. T-O- R-T- U-R- E

6. My Dearest Syb

7. Lord, I Just Need Your Help

8. I Love a Parade

9. Superman!

10. Your Adoring Husband

11. BACK US

12. A Snake You Cant Kill

13. A Helluva Story

14. The Bad Camp

15. To Tell the World

16. We Will Break You Now

17. Blackmail

18. The Captain of My Soul

19. GBU

20. Mayday!

21. O Say Can You See?

22. Peace Is at Hand

23. God Bless America

Product Details

ISBN:
9781250006530
Author:
Townley, Alvin
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
Military - Veterans
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20150210
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus one 8-page black-and-white photogra
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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