Skip to comments.Castro’s Torture of American POWs in Vietnam
Posted on 09/25/2018 5:32:26 AM PDT by SJackson
Reflecting on an untold story -- to honor National POW/MIA Recognition Day
Editors note: Last Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, our nation, led by our president, solemnly marked National POW/MIA Recognition Day, during which we honored all American prisoners of war and expressed our deep gratitude and respect for what they endured and -- as empirical evidence suggests -- in some cases may very well be continuing to endure. Indeed, we pay tribute to those who never returned -- and, of course, also to their suffering families. In honor of this sacred day, Frontpage has deemed it important to run Jamie Glazov's article, Castros Torture of American POWs in Vietnam from Breitbart's Dec. 8, 2016 issue. We hope that our leadership and citizens will take serious action on this issue. We will always remember and we will never forget.
Castros Torture of American POWs in Vietnam.
By Jamie Glazov
The death of communist tyrant Fidel Castro has yielded much-deserved coverage of the monstrous nature of his tyrannical rule.
What has gone virtually unreported, however, is the direct and instrumental role Castro played in the torture and murder of American POWs in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The story of Castros atrocities against American soldiers in this conflict is rarely ever told, least of all by our mainstream media.
During the Vietnam War, Castro sent a gang of his henchmen to run the Cuban Program at the Cu Loc POW camp in Hanoi, which became known as the Zoo. As Stuart Rochester and Frederick Kiley have documented in their book Honor Bound in a chapter entitled The Zoo, 19671969: The Cuban Program and Other Atrocities, one of the primary objectives of this program was to determine how much physical and psychological agony a human being could withstand.
Castro selected American POWs as his guinea pigs. A Cuban nicknamed Fidel, the main torturer at the Zoo, initiated his own personal reign of terror. He was described in documents based on POW debriefings as a professional who was trained in psychology and prison control in Russia or Europe.
Among Fidels torture techniques were beatings and whippings over every part of his victims bodies, without remission.
Former POW John Hubbell describes the horrifying ordeal of Lt. Col. Earl Cobeil, an F-105 pilot, as Fidel forced him into the cell of fellow POW Col. Jack Bomar:
The man [Cobeil] could barely walk; he shuffled slowly, painfully. His clothes were torn to shreds. He was bleeding everywhere, terribly swollen, and a dirty, yellowish black and purple from head to toe. The mans head was down; he made no attempt to look at anyone. . . . He stood unmoving, his head down. Fidel smashed a fist into the mans face, driving him against the wall. Then he was brought to the center of the room and made to get down onto his knees. Screaming in rage, Fidel took a length of black rubber hose from a guard and lashed it as hard as he could into the mans face. The prisoner did not react; he did not cry out or even blink an eye. His failure to react seemed to fuel Fidels rage and again he whipped the rubber hose across the mans face. . . . Again and again and again, a dozen times, Fidel smashed the mans face with the hose. Not once did the fearsome abuse elicit the slightest response from the prisoner. . . . His body was ripped and torn everywhere; hell cuffs appeared almost to have severed the wrists, strap marks still wound around the arms all the way to the shoulders, slivers of bamboo were embedded in the bloodied shins and there were what appeared to be tread marks from the hose across the chest, back, and legs.
Earl Cobeil died as a result of Fidels torture.
Maj. James Kasler was another of Fidels victims, although he survived the torture:
He [Fidel] deprived Kasler of water, wired his thumbs together, and flogged him until his buttocks, lower back, and legs hung in shreds. During one barbaric stretch he turned Cedric [another torturer] loose for three days with a rubber whip. . . . the PW [POW] was in a semi-coma and bleeding profusely with a ruptured eardrum, fractured rib, his face swollen and teeth broken so that he could not open his mouth, and his leg re-injured from attackers repeatedly kicking it.
Castros reign of terror against American POWs in Vietnam was just another grotesque reflection of the communist dictators barbarism and sadism. After the end of the war, U.S. investigators launched a manhunt for the Cuban program torturers. In the midst of their hunt, investigators cataloged over 2,000 Cubans who were in North Vietnam during the late 1960s. Unfortunately, officials failed to positively identify the torturers at the Zoo at that time.
Today, some evidence suggests that some of the Cuban Program torturers may be living in the United States. The investigations and pursuits of these monsters continues and it is never too late, we may hope, with Donald Trump entering office, to bring them to justice. But it will require intense effort on our part. It is the least we can do for Lt. Col. Earl Cobeil, and for all those who shared his torment and pain at the hands of Fidel and his communist monsters.
Trump should go after McCain’s tormentor. I always thought it should be the Trump Doctrine. Any harm comes to any American will be punished in kind. They know who this guy is. The Vietnamese can confirm it.
Followup to yesterday’s POW thread.
Look I understand there are a lot of Vietnam veterans on this board.
I appreciate what you went through, I get it. I was nearly old enough to be drafted for the war. It was a huge, terrible mess. A lot of people died, on all sides.
I get that.
But I feel Vietnam is a special place. I really do.
I have huge concerns about China, and about the people who have been deindustrializing America by building up China.
China is a real threat to us, globally, and I am glad finally, Trump seems to get that.
But Vietnam is not, in my view. I have now lived here (in southern Vietnam) for two years.
I do not think Vietnam is a threat. I think we need to keep improving the relationship between America, and Vietnam.
Just my opinion.
I’ve been a FReeper for a long time.
Vietnam is a special place.
No doubt Obama raised the issue with his idol Fidel when he visited him. “Gee Uncle Fidel, tell me the story how you tortured those mean ,bad white guys in Vietnam”.
McCain was eating lobster and boning whores when he was a POW.
The abandonment of our POWs in Vietnam and Laos is McCain’s legacy. He owns it.
Thanks. Shiite, never knew this. Good God, it’s awful.
Friken communists should be shot on sight.
Find them. Hurt them.
Does that mean Colin K needs to stop wearing his Che shirt / S
I agree BUT we should not be required to ignore the intense and ILLEGAL actions of 100% of the POW camps during the war.
This should be handled the same way Mossad handles holocaust perpertrators.
Quietly find, pick up and summarily execute them when found. If they have family here deport them with prejudice.
As the Grandson of a man that fought in WW II , Korea and Vietnam (2) tours, I know the difference between a prison camp and a torture chamber.
I have to work hard not to flame you. You have the right to your opinion. Just realize that , however slim the possibility, any Vietnamese male you meet , between the ages of about 68 and 90 could have been one of the thousands that participated in atrocities. Also remember that anyone 50 years old and up could have participated in the wholesale slaughter that occurred after our departure.
I thank God every day we were able to get a huge number of Vietnamese patriots , that aided us in our efforts, to the United States, so that at least they could live and not meet the same fate as so many of their friends and relatives.
Don’t be so damned naive.
The guy endorsed by Colin Kaepernick.
Thanks for the ping. I had heard of this, but not the details.
Thanks for responding.
I understand your feelings. I really do.
However, I have found Vietnam to be a surprisingly nice, very positive place.
I was quite surprised. I came here thinking I would make a stop, while travelling through Asia.
Three months, I thought.
Instead I found this place almost exactly what I was looking for.
Now understand, this is not a good place to come for pick-ups. But it is, almost exactly, completely a good place for a serious relationship.
Just understand that to me, Vietnam is surprisingly a very nice place for an American. In the entire two years I have been here, I have encountered exactly TWO people who seemed to have a thing against Americans.
I have never before encountered such a universally supportive population, anywhere.
Now maybe I will become more cynical at some time in the future.
But right now, I am almost entirely positive about the place.
With one note: you should not use a real cell phone on the street.
They will be snatched. I know, they will.
But other than that, this has thus far, anyway, been creating for me a very surprisingly good impression. I was quite pleasantly surprised.
Much better than what I expected.
Highly recommend two term congressman Bill Hendon’s book, “An Enormous Crime: The Definitive Account of American POWs Abandoned in Southeast Asia”. His book is a good point of departure for additional research on the subject.
Our Indy Civil Air Patrol Squadron was named after Col James H Kasler.
His daughter is a successful designer.
I am not sabre rattling. I just needed to give this obviously young man, a little perspective. While no one in their right mind would go back to the bad medicine of war in Indo china, I was hoping that his lack of historical perspective could be corrected.
The horrors our military endured at the hands of balless political leadership was the real travesty.
The utter stupidity of the American left during the 60’s is a close second.
The two combined left our fine military men and women out in the cold until Grenada.
I almost cried the day I listen to Norman Swartskopf describe the battle of the Damascus Road.
“the Iraqi military went from being the 5th largest standing army in the world , to the 2nd largest standing army in Iraq in 48 hrs.” We weld the mightiest military capability the world has ever known.
Let us use it sparingly and only when extreme need arises , but when we do, let not do it in half measures ever again.
If it is worth calling up the military it had better be worth winning.
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