The ultimate 2020 list of best vietnam books to read. Vietnam war powmia list defense powmia accounting agency. They share the emotions of their shoot down and capture, as well as the observations and feelings upon. Soldier who stood firm against viet cong captors inspired. Secret history of the cias spytechs, from communism. Rating is available when the video has been rented. Other times, theyre just generic inspirational stories. Aug 22, 2012 in this video, archive video footage is shown related to the release of pows in vietnam.
The pows who endured vietnams most infamous prison. Thousands of books have been written about vietnam with no mention of widespread sexual assault. Powers in all the writings on the vietnam war there does not seem to exist any one specific document listing the escapes and attempted escapes of american prisoners of war. Together, these 11 men were the most unbreakable prisoners at the hanoi hilton. Belligerents hold prisoners of war in custody for a. The american pows held during the vietnam war, while small in number compared to those of other major wars, endured long captivity under harsh conditions. He was one of two survivors, the other being phisit intharathat, out of seven prisoners of war pows who escaped from a pathet lao prison camp in laos. Frank anton, david harker, jim strictland, willie watkins, james daly, ike mcmillian, tom davis, john young, and ted guy all experienced and lived through the tragic events of the vietnam jungles. An interesting book in that it gives a number of diverse viewpoints. I was 35 years old, a husband and father of three small children. Flying low over the dangerous and impenetrable laotian jungle on a bombing mission against the viet cong, u.
Colonel john arthur dramesi born february 12, 1933 is a retired u. Prisoners of war during vietnam powmia vietnam war. Book by richard h shultz jr, the secret war against hanoi, says secret american program was created during vietnam war to portray enemy. The greatest pow escape of the vietnam war is a 2010 nonfiction book by author bruce henderson. Jan 22, 2009 decorated vietnam pow shares experience in new book. Vietnam pow release archive footage from freedomstar media. Considered the first major book on the vietnam war written by an american, it highlighted how little the united states knew about the country, its leaders, and its culture before invading. Thorsness book recalls countless stories about how he and other pows. So the vietnamese moved them to a remote outpost, the one the pows called alcatraz. The book bounces between what smitty went through as a pow of the vietnam war and also touches on what his wife, louise, went through back home. The stories of suffering and survival that many pows have remind us of the sacrifices that so often accompany war. Robert chenoweth, seated on the floor, far left, was one of eight men held prisoner in vietnam and. But a fact thats commonly left out is why the vietnamese actually did it. Decorated vietnam pow shares experience in new book article.
Naval history and heritage command goes digital with u. Agent says vietnam pows were shipped to russia upi archives. And, in 1969, ho chi minh, the leader of north vietnam s government, died. After the end of the vietnam war, it was widely accepted that the united states had left many pows behind, but highranking members of government said no, despite the evidence.
Soldier who stood firm against viet cong captors inspired fellow pows, earned medal of honor. Military military index military az vietnam war vietnam war vietnam air war vietnam war lz air war vietnam vietnam pows history of vietnam french indochina war dien bien phu. Navy medicine in vietnam also speaks to me, as it highlights a navy nurses reflections on the only landbased naval hospital in vietnam. The true story of robert garwood and the abandonment of us pows in vietnam. The incredible story behind a haunting picture of a pow in vietnam the incredible story behind a haunting picture of a pow in vietnam captured u. Alistair urquhart, a 91yearold veteran of the british armys gordon highlanders, spent three and a half years as a prisoner of the japaneseone of 80,000 brits who surrendered after the fall of singapore. He was held along with senator john mccain and has criticized mccains conduct as a prisoner and after release. Dec, 2017 i love to read and nothing excites me more than finding a book before i travel to powerup the anticipation of the trip to come.
A pow wifes story of the battle against a new enemy dorothy howard mcdaniel dorothy mcdaniel led a grassroots movement for the return of her husband and thousands of other pows from vietnam. He was held along with senator john mccain and has criticized mccains conduct as a prisoner and after. Vietnam prisoners of war escapes and attempts by john n. John dramesis unflattering memories of his fellow pow. It is not intended to be a detailed account of any specific escape or escapes. The earliest recorded usage of the phrase prisoner of war dates back to 1610. Hirsch tells the amazing story about two pows in a camp called the zoo. Cherry, an air force fighter pilot, was downed by enemy fire over north vietnam in 1965, and he spent more than seven years as a prisoner of war. But the origins of the vietnam war are another story. Nov 02, 20 ken cordier was an f4 pilot during the vietnam war.
This hanoi jane fonda story untrue nampows tell the. The 1997 the xfiles episode unrequited also dealt with this notion. This is one of the greatest books that i have read on the vietnam war subject, and i have read many. The battle behind bars shares the wrenching stories of many navy and marine pows prisoners of war, most of them downed naval aviators, in north vietnamese captivity. I thought the book was an interesting story of friendship and connection between two men. These include winners of national book awards and pulitzer prizes, both fiction and nonfiction. New book provides inside look at one mans 6year struggle as a. It is the story of the hundreds of captured warriorsamerican powswhose lives lay in the hands of angry and vengeful north vietnamese captors. Sep 22, 2017 eight vietnam pows were charged with collaborating with the enemy. The story behind one pows incredible escape from vietnam. The stunning true story of captain jerry coffee, a prisoner of war for seven years in vietnam 09232014 11. At the 1st cav reunion dr hal kushner, who serve with 19 cav, 1 cav div, in vietnam, told the story of his service in vietnam and his horrible ordeals, extreme pain and suffering and unflinching loyalty and honor to the united states army and our country. Dramesi is one of the very few captives who never broke under torture.
The stories of 9 vietnam pows is told through a series of interviews conducted by the author zalin grant. The truth about the lost marines of the vietnam wars last. While each pow s story is unique, many common threads connect them all, in particular the struggle for survival. The amazing survival stories of john mccain, james stockdale, jeremiah denton, robinson risner and scores of other pows held in abysmal conditions at hoa lo prisonbetter known as the hanoi hilton. This is one of the first vietnam books, and certainly one of the first vietnam pow books, that i read way back in the second half of the 1970s. Tortured with razorsharp bamboo and fed alive to ants. On january 27, 1973, the paris peace accords were signed, officially bringing to an end the american war in vietnam. Commemoration of the war must account for these servicemen who underwent so much hardship for their nation. Frank anton, david harker, jim strictland, willie watkins, james daly, ike mcmillian, tom davis, john young, and ted guy all experienced and. Zondervan books to publish riveting memoir by vietnam pow, shot. Vietnam pows accused of collaborating with the enemy. Discover the best prisoners of war history in best sellers. Pow story of angels of bataan army nurses is one of the greatest wwii stories never told. This list of prisonerofwar escapes includes successful and unsuccessful attempts in chronological order, where possible.
Jul 21, 2015 i was 35 years old, a husband and father of three small children. Nixon henry kissinger us air force american army special forces navy seals us marine corps helicopters australian forces pt boats military. Jun 14, 2018 it went on to win a number of prestigious awards, including the pulitzer prize for nonfiction, national book award, and the bancroft prize. Ken cordier was an f4 pilot during the vietnam war.
The number of pows giving accounts makes it a little difficult to follow until you are well into the book. Hundreds of us pows were abandoned during the paris peace talks in 1973 by kissinger. North vietnam, while a signer of the geneva convention, did not follow those rules during the 10 year war because they claimed these servicemen were war criminals and not pows. Voices of war relates war through the eyes of 60 veterans and civilians caught up in the momentous conflicts of the 20th century. He has one amazing story and he is truly an american hero. I do not normally read books about vietnam or that era but this was a story i had never heard of.
The pows come from a variety of backgrounds and have different strengths, weaknesses, faults, and redeeming qualities. American prisoners of war in vietnam tell their stories. I read two souls indivisible by james hirsch for a book club meeting at my local library. Douglas brent hegdahl iii born september 3, 1946 is a former united states navy petty officer 2nd class e5 who was held as a prisoner of war pow by north vietnam during the vietnam war. Vietnams worst prison camppart one by zalin grant is an excerpt taken from his book survivors describing the actions of marine turncoat bob garwood who helped the viet cong guard 18 u. Defiant is a riveting tribute to the unyielding men who endured years of brutal captivity as pows in vietnam and the families they left behind.
Best vietnam powmia books books about missing prisoners or prisoners who were abandoned in vietnam by the u. Pows in vietnam tortured without good reason horror stories about the treatment of pows by the vietnamese are all too common. Decorated vietnam pow shares experience in new book. From torture to freedom, colorado vietnam pow recounts. The author was captured deep in south vietnams delta region and kept as a pow for five years. The men of the alcatraz eleven are true american heroes and their extraordinary stories will serve as an inspiration for generations to come. Dieter dengler may 22, 1938 february 7, 2001 was a germanborn united states navy aviator during the vietnam war and later a private aircraft test pilot and commercial airline pilot.
Intelligence support to communications with us pows in vietnam. There is the official story 1 which focuses largely on the events of navy and air force pilot pow s who spent the majority of captivity within prisons in hanoi. Members of the united states armed forces were held as prisoners of war pows in significant numbers during the vietnam war from 1964 to 1973. Captive warriors is the story of alcatraz, where courage and humor thrived amid the madness. A slew of war memoirs stand with the best writing of that genre. W a definitive history of the american prisonerofwar experience in vietnam, 19641973 97805958883. Honestly, there werent that many available, so i soaked them up, courtesy of the military book club. The vietnam war powmia issue was also explored in some u. I have broken down the best books about vietnam into helpful sections. Among the most positive is an abundance of topnotch books, many written by veterans of the conflict. When i was reading the book, i thought the discussion would be interesting since many of the members lived through the vietnam war. Andras tomas was 19 when he was captured by the soviet union in the fall of 1944. The epic survival tale of a vietnam pow and the secret code that changed everything by carlyle s. An untrue email story, which has since exploded on social media, claims that during hanoi jane fondas 1972 visit to north vietnam, several pows secretly handed notes to her, including their social security numbers, which she immediately handed over to their captors, resulting in torture and death for some pows.
The defiant valiant only 1 left in stock order soon. After an early release, he was able to provide the names and personal information of about 256 fellow pows. Air force colonel eugene deatrick saw a lone figure waving to him from a clearing below. Leadership visionmissionvalues organizational chart resources. Few issues in america have been more contentious or painful than the fate of the thousands of u.
A prisoner of war pow is a noncombatant whether a military member, an irregular military fighter, or a civilian who is held captive by a belligerent power during or immediately after an armed conflict. Robert chenoweth, seated on the floor, far left, was one of eight men held prisoner in vietnam and charged with collaborating. Very few readers of this magazine are unaware of what happened to the american pilots taken prisoner after being shot down over north vietnam. It is the story of colonel johnsons sevenyear battle for his life, limbs, and sanity. Eight vietnam pows were charged with collaborating with the enemy. How the united states betrayed its own pows in vietnam by monika jensen. The truth about the lost marines of the vietnam wars last battle. See more ideas about vietnam, vietnam war and prisoners of war. Fortytwo of those months were spent in solitary confinement with 10 other fine american patriots because the.
The two main characters are fred cherry, an african american air force pilot who was physically damaged in his plane crash, and porter halyburton, a young navy flier who is a. In this post, you will find a list of the best vietnam books to read in 2020. Ultimately, though, conditions for pows would improve thanks to the convergence of several factors, such as the lobbying of families back home to bring attention to the plight of prisoners. News news bites john dramesis unflattering memories of his fellow pow. John dramesi the true vietnam pow you never hear about. He skillfully takes you along with him on what can only be described as a horrible journey into the innermost region of his being. Thorsness book recalls countless stories about how he and other pows survived their ordeal. The incredible story behind a haunting picture of a pow in vietnam captured u. The powmia issue was also part of a key storyline in the series jag in the late 1990s where the father of central character harmon rabb had been an mia in vietnam. Tortured in notorious hanoi hilton, 11 gis were unbreakable. Today, the mistreatment of american pows and the suffering they endured remains a powerful legacy of the vietnam war.
Andras toma was the longest held pow of world war ii. After the end of the vietnam war, it was widely accepted that the united states had left many pows behind, but highranking members of government. The epic survival tale of a vietnam pow and the secret. John mccains journey from navy upstart to prisoner of war. American pows in north vietnam were released in early 1973 as part of operation homecoming, the result of diplomatic negotiations concluding u. Pow story of angels of bataan army nurses is one of the. Find the top 100 most popular items in amazon books best sellers. A firstperson account john mccain spent over 5 years in captivity as a pow in north vietnam, and wrote about it in may 1973. During the second, third and fourth seasons, evidence gradually mounted that harm sr.
There are two different stories that describe the pow experience in vietnam. Norman believes those angels she interviewed for the book. Air force officer who was held as a prisoner of war at the hanoi hilton in north vietnam during the vietnam war. A definitive history of the american prisonerofwar experience in vietnam, 19641973. One of the prerequisites for and provisions of the accords was the return of all u. Here are the stories of 8 men with some of the most remarkable and heartbreaking pow stories ever told. How american pows were surrendered to north korea, china, and russia by washingtons cynical attitude, includes numerous cases of missing americans from the. Winner of the 2016 pulitzer prize for fiction, this debut novel could fit into half a dozen genres of vietnam war books from war narrative to immigrant story, from mystery to political, from metafiction to. The league of wives is the story of the pow mia wives of the vietnam war. Fortytwo of those months were spent in solitary confinement with 10 other fine american patriots because the vietcong labeled us. Horror stories about the treatment of pows by the vietnamese are all too common.
The story behind one pows incredible escape from vietnam by zoe brennan. Pow rescue efforts during the vietnam war george j. While this book is very personal to me and i grew up hearing the stories, reading it made it so much more real almost. During the vietnam war, hundreds of american prisonersofwar. Jan winebrenner former fighter pilot recounts his experiences as a prisoner of war in north vietnam.384 585 1136 8 689 1340 1084 1506 585 1063 229 848 1130 868 745 399 19 713 452 637 1552 241 211 1277 1543 547 782 1067 644 1253 50 917 620 226 155 153 313 64 862 140 115