Vietnam POW Commander Jerry Denton blinking Torture during propaganda video

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Vietnam POW Commander Jerry Denton blinking Torture during propaganda video

Commander Denton was held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for almost eight years, four of which were spent in solitary confinement. In 1966 during a North Vietnamese television interview he was forced to give as a prisoner, he ingeniously used the opportunity to communicate to American Intelligence.

During the interview Denton blinked his eyes in morse code to spell out the word "T-O-R-T-U-R-E" to communicate that his captors were torturing him and his fellow POWs. He was also questioned about his support for the U.S. war in Vietnam, to which he replied: "I don't know what is happening, but whatever the position of my government is, I support it fully. Whatever the position of my government, I believe in it, yes sir. I am a member of that government, and it is my job to support it, and I will as long as I live."

For his continuous resistance and leadership, even in the face of torture and inhumane conditions, he would be awarded the Navy Cross.

In his book, Jerry Denton wrote how hard it was for him to do this at the time. He had to focus on proper Morse Code while answering unrehearsed questions from the news media ~ in effect talking to two parties at once ~ and make both messages clear.

When US intelligence services first saw this film, they thought Denton's eyes were bothered by the camera lights. It wasn't until after they played the film over and over that another military man recognized the Morse Code. Then it all became clear.

(T - )(O - - - )(R . - . )(T - )(U . . - )(R . - . )(E . )

By netchicken: posted on 10-1-2012








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