I was glad to see this. Denton has faded from the public consciousness, unfortunately, and I’m glad WND decided to give him this award while he is still alive (he is 88).

He became famous after being shot down during the Vietnam and then being held at the Hanoi Hilton for eight years. During his capture he endured unimaginable indignities and suffering, and is remembered for defying a North Vietnamese press conference where he blinked out the word “T-O-R-T-U-R-E” with his eyes, “providing confirmation to the U.S. government for the first time that U.S. POWs held in captivity in North Vietnam were being tortured,” according to the announcement from WND.

What astonished observers at the time was when he was released in 1973 and stepped to the microphones and said:

“We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve our country under difficult  circumstances. We are profoundly grateful to our commander-in-chief and to our nation for this day. God Bless America.”

He believed that the military won the in Vietnam but it was lost by politicians in Washington, which immediately made him a pariah. In his book “When War was in Session,” he wrote:

“The victory was insanely handed back to the enemy by congressional actions, motivated by political catering to the media, academic, and public antiwar activities, which tragically comprised a loud, violent, ignorant minority of our  people who were swept along in the days of national dissolution.”

The “days of national dissolution” indeed. When he returned from the Vietnam Way, he exclaimed:

I saw the appearance of X-rated movies, adult magazines, massage parlors, the proliferation of drugs, promiscuity, premarital sex, and unwed mothers.

Said WND in its announcement of its award to Denton:

WND wishes to Adm. Jeremiah Denton for being, as President Reagan expressed it so well a quarter of a century ago, “not only a great hero for his country, for a hero for the cause of human freedom.”

































































































































































































































































































































































































































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