Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous by Alvin Townley

By Alvin Townley

Through the Vietnam warfare, hundreds of thousands of yank prisoners-of-war confronted years of brutal stipulations and terrible torture by the hands of North Vietnamese guards and interrogators who ruthlessly plied them for army intelligence and propaganda. decided to take care of their Code of behavior, the POWs built a strong underground resistance. To quash it, their captors singled out its 11 leaders, Vietnam's personal "dirty dozen," and banished them to an remoted penal complex that will develop into often called Alcatraz. None would go away its solitary cells and interrogation rooms unscathed; one might by no means return.

As those 11 males suffered in Hanoi, their better halves at domestic introduced a unprecedented crusade that may eventually spark the national POW/MIA circulation. The participants of those army households banded jointly and confirmed the braveness not to purely suffer years of doubt in regards to the destiny in their husbands and fathers, yet to bravely struggle for his or her secure go back. while the survivors of Alcatraz eventually got here domestic, one might cross directly to obtain the Medal of Honor, one other could develop into a U.S. Senator, and a 3rd nonetheless serves within the U.S. Congress.

A robust tale of survival and triumph, Alvin Townley's Defiant will encourage someone brooding about how braveness, religion, and brotherhood can undergo even within the darkest of events.

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By the time we reached West-ward Beach, I was so stoned that I felt like crawling under the truck and hiding. However, the combination of cold water, powerful waves, and peer pressure quickly sobered me up. By sixteen, marijuana was my daily bread, without which no surfing session was complete. Although there was a Western Surfing Association, a National Scholastic Surfing Association, a Christian Surfing Association, and probably even a Republican surfing organization, my peers and I were members of the Marijuana Surfing Association.

Although Zeppelin or the Stones throbbed from large teak cabinet speakers, often there was not an employee in sight, and not even the resin and coconut surfboard wax could mask the odor of marijuana smoke. ” That same summer, my friend Alex Kecht* found his older neighbor’s stash of Thai sticks and stole one. It looked like a small cigar because the buds were so neatly and uniformly tied to a small bamboo stick with a thread of the plant’s fiber. We broke the stick in half, wrapped it in a piece of notebook paper, and began to puff away.

By fourteen I was surfing well enough to cadge rides up the coast with older surfers. As a gremmie, I sat in the truck’s bed, and when the cab’s split rear window opened, they passed me a big, oily, burritolike joint of Thai that we smoked down to the roach. By the time we reached West-ward Beach, I was so stoned that I felt like crawling under the truck and hiding. However, the combination of cold water, powerful waves, and peer pressure quickly sobered me up. By sixteen, marijuana was my daily bread, without which no surfing session was complete.

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