Friday, March 28, 2014

Vietnam War POW Jeremiah Denton Jr. passed away at 89

Jeremiah A. Denton Jr., Vietnam POW and U.S. senator, dies
Washington Post
By Emily Langer
Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014

Jeremiah A. Denton Jr., a retired Navy rear admiral and former U.S. senator who survived nearly eight years of captivity in North Vietnamese prisons, and whose public acts of defiance and patriotism came to embody the sacrifices of American POWs in Vietnam, died March 28 at a hospice in Virginia Beach. He was 89.

The cause was complications from a heart ailment, said his son Jim Denton. Adm. Denton was a native of Alabama, where in 1980 he became the state’s first Republican to win election to the Senate since Reconstruction.
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Denton is featured in Two Men, Two Fates about Vietnam POWs on Stars and Stripes.

More than 700 servicemembers became prisoners of war in Vietnam.

None endured longer than Floyd James Thompson and Everett Alvarez Jr.

The two men represent the extremes of the POW experience -- in captivity and in life. By Chris Carroll

Denton Jr. Blinking Morse Code 'T-O-R-T-U-R-E'

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