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.