In July 1965, a month after he began flying combat missions for the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, Jeremiah Denton, was shot down near Thanh Hoa.
He shared his story of captivity in his book, “When Hell Was in Session.”
In a 1966 interview for what was supposed to be a propaganda film, Denton blinked “TORTURE” in Morse code, to alert the US military to the conditions he truly experienced.
After more than 7 years of captivity, Denton was released.
Denton went on to served as the first Republican from Alabama elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction.
Denton passed away as a result of heart problems, on Friday, at the age of 89.
To learn more about Denton’s life, click here.
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