Vietnam era prisoners of War, Virginia Beach : photographs, 1972-1974


12 photographs : black & white ; chiefly 22 x 26 cm. (some larger).
Chiefly AP wirephotos depicting former prisoner of war Jeremiah Denton after his release by the North Vietnamese in 1973. Also includes a photo of Bill Tschudy and wife Janie ; and, a 1972 photo of seven-year-old Pam Christian, daughter of Cmdr. Michael D. Christian, a POW since 1967, standing beside a sign addressed to President Nixon. All three men were stationed in the Hampton Roads area and lived in Virginia Beach.
Pam Christian, 28 October 1972 daughter of Michael D. Christian P.O.W. at their Virginia Beach home -- William Tschudy, P.O.W. and wife Janie arriving at home in Virginia Beach, 1973 -- Jeremiah Denton: 12 February 1973 Clark Air Base Republic of the Philippines (2) ; 14 February 1973 Travis Air Force Base CA ; arriving home with family, 24 February 1973 Virginia Beach, VA ; 30 March 1973, Virginia Beach, VA during an interview with AP reporter Kathryn Johnson describing torture (2) ; 30 March 1973 with son ; undated with daughter in Virginia Beach, VA. ; 27 January 1974 at Armed Forces Staff College.
Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr. (July 15, 1924-March 28, 2014) was a Rear Admiral and Naval Aviator in the United States Navy and, following his retirement from naval service, was a United States Senator from the state of Alabama. Denton served as United States Naval Aviator during the Vietnam War and was the Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron Seventy-Five (VA-75) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CVA-62). On 18 July 1965, then-Commander Denton was flying an A-6A Intruder (Bureau Number 151577) off the Independence with Lieutenant (JG) Bill Tschudy, his navigator/bombardier, leading twenty-eight planes on a bombing mission. They ejected when their jet was shot down over the city of Thanh Hoa in North Vietnam, and they were captured and taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese. Denton and Tschudy were both held as prisoners of war for almost eight years, four of which were spent in solitary confinement. Denton is best known from this period of his life for the 1966 televised press conference in which he was forced to participate as an American POW by his North Vietnamese captors. He used the opportunity to communicate successfully and to confirm for the first time to the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence and Americans that American POWs were being tortured in North Vietnam. He repeatedly blinked his eyes in Morse code during the interview, spelling out "T-O-R-T-U-R-E". He was also questioned about his support for the U.S. war in Vietnam, to which he replied: "I don't know what is happening, but whatever the position of my government is, I support it fully. Whatever the position of my government, I believe in it, yes sir. I am a member of that government, and it is my job to support it, and I will as long as I live. On February 12, 1973, both Denton and Tschudy were released in Hanoi by the North Vietnamese along with numerous other American POWs during Operation Homecoming. Excerpted from Wikipedia article "Jeremiah Denton," viewed March 11, 2015.
On January 27, 1973, a cease-fire agreement was signed in Paris by the United States, South Vietnam, North Vietnam, and the Viet Cong. The pact provided for the withdrawal of all U.S. and allied forces from Vietnam and for the return of all prisoners, both within 60 days. From World Book online; (viewed 2015).

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