Would Not Stay Again
In 1966 Admiral Jeremiah Denton was tortured and ended up telling the world in an incredible way. His plane was shot down in 1965 and he spent seven and a half years at a Vietnam prison camp. At one point his captors forced him to go in front of a camera and talk about his conditions being acceptable. While lying and saying everything was fine and that prisoners had access to medical care and good food and clothing, he blinked his eyes in a fashion that had a Morse code message spelling out “T-O-R-T-U-R-E.”
POWs had to go through months of isolation in terrible conditions. Sometimes the isolation was so serious that they would go months and months without even seeing a fellow inmate. Some of them were even in solitary for years. In one instance, a USAF captain by the name of Ron Storz received a note on a scrap of toilet paper that read “Welcome to Hanoi Hilton. If you get note, scratch your balls as you are coming back.” If the note was found, they most likely would have both been killed.
The POWs would then us a tap code that Americans had invented during the Korean War because the North Vietnamese would have caught on if they used Morse code.
POWs that were at the Hanoi Hilton had their legs strapped down for most of the time. The bindings on their legs were usually extremely tight, and would actually cut into the legs and cause lacerations and infections from the straps. Not only that, but they didn’t take the straps off for the soldiers to use the bathroom. Imagine that.
Prisoners of war all have interesting stories to tell, but these are downright terrifying.