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Jeremiah Denton, Former Vietnam POW Who Blinked 'T-O-R-T-U-R-E', passes at 89
U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 3/28/14 | Naval Institute Staff

Posted on 03/28/2014 1:24:34 PM PDT by Saint X

The former U.S. Senator from Alabama, Navy admiral and Vietnam prisoner of war who blinked “T-O-R-T-U-R-E” in Morse Code to alert the world of abuse by his North Vietnamese captors, died on Friday.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: alabama; bonvoyage; jeremiahdenton; morsecode; navy; obituaries; obituary; pow; sailon; torture; vietnam
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1 posted on 03/28/2014 1:24:34 PM PDT by Saint X
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To: Saint X

White male, Christian, hetro, hero.

Thank goodness fro Free Republic. You’d never hear stories like this on the lame stream media. Not even Fox News anymore.


2 posted on 03/28/2014 1:30:47 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: Saint X

- -— .-. - ..- .-. .


3 posted on 03/28/2014 1:32:03 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and is not afraid of the unlawful.)
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To: Saint X

God bless and accept this man. One of my heroes as a kid.


4 posted on 03/28/2014 1:35:47 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Saint X

PRESENT ARMS

Take your rest sailor, you have earned it.


5 posted on 03/28/2014 1:37:50 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: rlmorel

And then on the other side of the spectrum is Juan McLame.


6 posted on 03/28/2014 1:38:01 PM PDT by 3boysdad (The very elect.)
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To: Saint X

An American hero for sure. RIP. It’s been so long; I was thinking he was the captain of the spy ship captured by the North Koreans.


7 posted on 03/28/2014 1:42:34 PM PDT by DallasDeb ((usafa06mom))
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To: Saint X

“According to a 2005 interview quoted by AL.com, Denton wished to be remembered as, “a guy who really did his best for God’s will being done on earth.”

God bless you, Senator Denton.


8 posted on 03/28/2014 1:43:04 PM PDT by Reddy (bo stinks)
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To: Saint X

RIP


9 posted on 03/28/2014 1:44:40 PM PDT by Bruce Kurtz
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To: Saint X

Post Vietnam, I taught a SERE (Survival Escape Resistance and Evasion) course to Division Troops (5th and 25th). Commander Denton’s experience as a POW was the source and inspiration for the course. After getting to know him and his life, I’ve asked many times before acting, ‘What would Commander Denton Do?’.

Commander Denton was my hero. Rest in Peace, Sir.


10 posted on 03/28/2014 1:46:39 PM PDT by tweakDU
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To: Saint X

Thanks for the post. Tweeted the link.


11 posted on 03/28/2014 1:47:19 PM PDT by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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To: Saint X

I rember these guys! And the “Hawaiian Good Luck” gesture was a tip-off too.


12 posted on 03/28/2014 1:48:22 PM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Saint X.


13 posted on 03/28/2014 1:49:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: Saint X

Despite barbaric abuse, he never lost faith in these United States.


14 posted on 03/28/2014 1:50:39 PM PDT by Jacquerie ( Article V.)
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To: Saint X

God Bless and keep his soul. RIP.


15 posted on 03/28/2014 1:51:12 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: rlmorel

He was one of my heroes, too.

His son is a well know lawyer in Virginia Beach:

http://www.jeremiahdenton.com/attorney-profile-overview/jeremiah-a-denton-iii/


16 posted on 03/28/2014 1:52:57 PM PDT by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: I cannot think of a name

It was men (and women) like this who made America, not community organizers who are little more than grifters and extortionists. It’s countrymen such as Jeremiah Denton that make me proud to be an American and I hope that if ever I’m in a similar situation that I can be half as strong.


17 posted on 03/28/2014 1:59:07 PM PDT by punknpuss
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To: Saint X; RedMDer; DJ MacWoW; trisham; musicman; Lady Jag; The Cajun; deoetdoctrinae; ...


A reporter asked, "how have you been treated?

The broadcast on American television on May 17, 1966, held a secret message — This brave US Navy Commander, usin gMorse Code, had blinked out “T-O-R-T-U-R-E.”


God rest his soul and forever hold him dear.
He was a patriot like few others, IMO.

18 posted on 03/28/2014 2:04:02 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: I cannot think of a name

RIP...amazing man of faith and American....


19 posted on 03/28/2014 2:14:16 PM PDT by YouGoTexasGirl
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To: Saint X

So sad. RIP. My mom campaigned for him years ago.


20 posted on 03/28/2014 2:16:18 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: DallasDeb
You are thinking of Lloyd Bucher.

He came to my high school in '73 or '74. Great man. He spoke at length about thier horrible ordeal, and how the whole crew was sustained by their faith in the almighty.

21 posted on 03/28/2014 2:24:11 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: onyx

I almost hate to admit it. but I remember the event!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgelmcOdS38t


22 posted on 03/28/2014 2:26:14 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: onyx

RIP US Navy Commander PATTRIOT HERO Jeremiah Denton.


23 posted on 03/28/2014 2:40:26 PM PDT by Syncro (So? -Andrew Breitbart [1969-2012] RIP King of The New Media)
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To: Saint X

I expect John McCain to run out on the balcony covered in
blood saying he died in his arms.


24 posted on 03/28/2014 2:41:05 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: Saint X

Peaceful rest dear Patriot
You ran the race, You fought the good fight.


25 posted on 03/28/2014 2:46:03 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: Syncro

Amen.
I have his book, “When Hell was in Session”

God bless and keep him.

GREAT MAN


26 posted on 03/28/2014 2:47:20 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: MeshugeMikey

I do, too.
Thank so much.


27 posted on 03/28/2014 2:47:53 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Slump Tester

Thank you. I forgot his name.


28 posted on 03/28/2014 2:49:09 PM PDT by DallasDeb ((usafa06mom))
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To: Saint X

God,I remember that.

What a man.

.


29 posted on 03/28/2014 2:55:34 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Saint X
I had the privilege of hearing Sen. Denton speak in 2004 while participating in the "Myths of the Vietnam War" conference in Boston. This was a meeting of the scholarly side of the anti-Kerry veterans' effort, and the former Senator provided fascinating information during his keynote address to the conference. Scroll down the transcript a bit to read his remarks.

Session 1

A more general link to the conference archives is available here.

30 posted on 03/28/2014 3:00:55 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Saint X
An Honor To Serve

Blurry screen alert hereby given.

31 posted on 03/28/2014 3:06:12 PM PDT by pa_dweller (Extremist tea-party-driven hostage-taking legislative arsonist without a life)
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To: Mr. K


32 posted on 03/28/2014 3:08:22 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: Slambat

LOL! Sad but possible.


33 posted on 03/28/2014 3:09:39 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Saint X

Rest in peace.

What a hero!


34 posted on 03/28/2014 3:09:54 PM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: Guenevere

As much as I loath Juan’s joke performance as senator. He could have gotten out of the Hilton, early as the son of an admiral but refused.

Give him credit for that.


35 posted on 03/28/2014 3:14:23 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: onyx

It’s way back in the recesses of my memories but it sure rang a bell seeing that photograph.


36 posted on 03/28/2014 3:24:16 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Saint X

The guy gets my respect. No doubt about it.

That took a lot of guts.

Too bad “...living next to McCain.” was missed...


37 posted on 03/28/2014 3:34:17 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: Vaquero

I believe there are some things that could be said to counter that mindset, but I wasn’t there and I’ll leave it to those who were.

For me it has always been very hard to think about what he was like before and after his Hanoi Hilton stint, and still come away thinking the years there were completely honorable.

This guy selected the wrong path at almost every turn in life we can document, IMO.


38 posted on 03/28/2014 3:41:43 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: Saint X

I just wish I could have seen Juan McCains interview if it ever happened.


39 posted on 03/28/2014 3:52:12 PM PDT by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Saint X

RIP, brave hero.


40 posted on 03/28/2014 3:56:26 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Saint X

OMG. He is ABC Nightly News Person of the Week. RIP


41 posted on 03/28/2014 3:56:52 PM PDT by WilliamWallace1999
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To: Saint X
Great Man, right up there with ADM Stockdale as a prime example of 'what a MAN acts like under pressure'.

One of ADM Stockdales GREAT lines was, while 'debating Gore and Quayle when running with Perot

--'WHO AM I and - WHY AM I HERE?.

Of course the 'elitists' took it to mean he was Old, Senile and 'out of touch' BUT I, and my ilk, took it in the proper prospective.

Why am I standing here with these two idiots? Haven't I endured enough 'torture' in one lifetime?

Fair winds and following seas, RIP Admiral Denton.

42 posted on 03/28/2014 3:57:50 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --"I would agree with you BUT that would make both of us wrong".)
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To: onyx

I have that book, as well. Most inspiring.


43 posted on 03/28/2014 3:58:43 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: DoughtyOne

I hope you’re speaking about John “I have a Gilligan hat I bought that was made in Vietnam” Kerry, right? Right???


44 posted on 03/28/2014 4:05:34 PM PDT by blu
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To: blu

No, I was talking about John McCain.

http://www.hotr.us/mccain/mccainagain.html


45 posted on 03/28/2014 4:07:47 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: onyx

Thank God for this hero!


46 posted on 03/28/2014 7:06:31 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey; 3boysdad

When I was a kid living in Subic Bay back in 1969-71, we had these POW bracelets that corroded and turned green on our wrists, and one of the bracts I had was for either Stockdale or Denton, can’t remember which now.

Denton always reminded me of my dad, for some reason.

I lived at the Naval Communication Station in Cheltenham, MD about a mile from Andrews AFB in 1973 when the POWs came home. I wanted badly to go over and see them when they flew in, but we weren’t allowed to and had to watch it on television.

Denton was quite a man, as was Stockdale. They are probably hanging out up there together now.


47 posted on 03/28/2014 7:46:21 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: xrmusn

I’m with you, xrmusn, I’m with you.

I never loathed liberalism quite so much as they day they ridiculed Stockdale.

One of my goals in life was to meet Stockdale and shake his hand...but never happened, rest his soul.

Now, Denton gone. The last threads of men of his generation are slowly being ripped away. They are fading. I have been so lucky to meet so many men of that generation.


48 posted on 03/28/2014 7:51:24 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: onyx
The Day is Done. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn_iz8z2AGw


49 posted on 03/28/2014 8:11:15 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: onyx
A true American hero. Brilliant man who gave his all with ultimate courage and sufferings and further service while in elected office.
May he RIP.

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50 posted on 03/28/2014 8:36:37 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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