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"Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned"

Alvin Townley

About the Program

Alvin Townley recounts the imprisonment of American soldiers in Hanoi during the Vietnam War, namely eleven men who were singled out by the North Vietnamese as leaders of a resistance movement.   The author reports that these men, dubbed the "Alcatraz Eleven," were placed in solitary cells, where they faced repeated physical and mental torture.  Ten of the soldiers returned home, including future Senator Jerry Denton and Congressman Sam Johnson.  Alvin Townley speaks at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida.

About the Authors

Alvin Townley

Alvin Townley's books include Fly Navy: Discovering the Extraordinary People and Enduring Spirit of Naval Aviation. For more information, visit alvintownley.com.


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"Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned"

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  • Sunday, May 25th at 3:45am (ET)
  • Sunday, April 20th at 4:15pm (ET)
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