Battle Behind Bars: Navy and Marine POWs in the Vietnam War (PDF)

Battle Behind Bars: Navy and Marine POWs in the Vietnam War (PDF)
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The unconventional nature of the war and the unforgiving environment of Southeast Asia inflicted special hardships on the Vietnam-era POWs, whether they spent captivity in the jungles of the South, or the jails of the North. This book describes their experiences—the similarities and the differences—and how the POWs coped with untreated wounds and other malaises, systematic torture, and boredom. The creative strategies they devised to stay fit, track time, resist the enemy, communicate with one another, and adhere to a chain of command attest to the high standards of conduct in captivity that so distinguish the POWs of the Vietnam War.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
A Chronicle of the Captivity
Relief and Release
Marine Captain Donald Cook
Prisoner of War Camps in North Vietnam
The Tap Code
The Most Extraordinary POW in North Vietnam
Indoctrination: Torturing the Mind
POW Medical Care by the Enemy
The Author
Suggested Reading


Members of the military (especially the Navy and Marines), Veterans and Veteran organizations, military historians, students and teachers engaged in military/warfare studies (and studying the Vietnam War), and members of the general public interested in military history and the Vietnam War would find this publication useful.


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U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Navy, Naval History and Heritage Command
  • Naval History and Heritage Command
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