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Alcatraz 11: Vietnam's "Defiant" POWs

For years during the Vietnam War, hundreds of prisoners-of-war endured brutal treatment at Vietnam's Hoa Lo prison, also known as the "Hanoi Hilton." To evade their captors' ruthless quest for intelligence, 11 men developed a system of stealth communication and strict adherence to U.S. military code -- resistance that eventually landed them at an isolated jail known as "Alcatraz." Kojo hears the story of the men who fought the Vietnam war from Alcatraz, and discusses efforts on the home front that would permanently change America's treatment of POWs.

Vietnam POW Blinking Morse Code "T-O-R-T-U-R-E"

Retired U.S. Rear Admiral and former Senator (R-Al.) Jeremiah Denton blinks the word "torture" during a propaganda video made by his North Vietnamese captors.

Read An Excerpt From "Defiant"

Excerpted from "Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned" by Alvin Townley. Copyright © 2014 by Alvin Townley. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Dunne Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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