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Winner of the Georgia Author of the Year Award in History
During the Vietnam War, hundreds of American prisoners-of-war faced years of brutal conditions and horrific torture at the hands of North Vietnamese guards and interrogators who ruthlessly plied them for military intelligence and propaganda. Determined to maintain their Code of Conduct, the POWs developed a powerful underground resistance. To quash it, their captors singled out its eleven leaders, Vietnam's own "dirty dozen," and banished them to an isolated jail that would become known as Alcatraz. None would leave its solitary cells and interrogation rooms unscathed; one would never return.
As these eleven men suffered in Hanoi, their wives at home launched an extraordinary campaign that would ultimately spark the nationwide POW/MIA movement. The members of these military families banded together and showed the courage not only to endure years of doubt about the fate of their husbands and fathers, but to bravely fight for their safe return. When the survivors of Alcatraz finally came home, one veteran would go on to receive the Medal of Honor, another would become a U.S. Senator, and a third still serves in the U.S. Congress.
A powerful story of survival and triumph, Alvin Townley's Defiant will inspire anyone wondering how courage, faith, and brotherhood can endure even in the darkest of situations.
ALVIN TOWNLEY is the author of Legacy of Honor, Spirit of Adventure, and Fly Navy. He lives in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.
CON T E N T Six Epigraphx Map of Hanoi Hiltonxi Map of Alcatraz1 Prologue: A Dark Place6 1. Black Sea and American Firepower13 2. Welcome to the Hanoi Hilton32 3. Dead or Alive?47 4. I Submit62 5. T-O- R-T- U-R- E79 6. My Dearest Syb84 7. Lord, I Just Need Your Help98 8. I Love a Parade110 9. Superman!128 10. Your Adoring Husband142 11. BACK US160 12. A Snake You Can’t Kill179 13. A Helluva Story187 14. The Bad Camp209 15. To Tell the World
226 16. We Will Break You Now245 17. Blackmail258 18. The Captain of My Soul272 19. GBU287 20. Mayday!303 21. O Say Can You See?322 22. Peace Is at Hand332 23. God Bless America352 Epilogue363 Ac know ledg ments367 Notes393 Selected Bibliography403 Photo Credits