Rear Admiral Jeremiah Denton Blinks a Secret Message in Morse Code


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Rear Admiral Jeremiah Denton Blinks a Secret Message in Morse Code



The air was tense as North Vietnamese officials prepared to put Commander Jeremiah Denton in front of television cameras for a propaganda broadcast in May of 1966.

Denton had been a prisoner of war for almost a year, and he was asked to behave and do as he was told. For a while, he obeyed and followed the instructions, but when he was asked about the United States’ involvement in the war effort in Vietnam, Denton went off script and expressed unwavering support for his country, much to the disgust of his captors.

The officials then noticed Denton doing something rather strange: it looked as if the American prisoner was uncontrollably blinking, but he blamed the camera lights and kept going.

In reality, Denton was sending a Morse code message with his eyes, hoping that someone back home would notice. The word spelled ‘TORTURE,’ and it was the first time the entire world realized that the prisoners of war were being severely mistreated by the Communists.

The US Office of Naval Intelligence would readily take action, but so would the North Vietnamese officers who held Denton captive…

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  1. Nixon should have been torture for dismissing and done NOTHING of the the news of this good man Morse code . Hell know telling how many men was killed in that prison and all of them was tortured threw the hands of Nixon . The hell with the republican party . This why my dad and brother will never vote on a republican ticket . I was really surprised that service men and women voted Trump or Dumpf in office . Knowing his past with Jeffery Epstein and Miss teen USA looking up little girls dresses . Yes The child molester . He should have been hanged . Not just hanged in a little room but Hanged in public like all child molesters should be . Hell even people in prison would kill these perverts and they have . Trump grand father had bar with whores and is dad was not even better . They came here because of war in the country they came from and to dodge the draft of that country . They are coward and draft dodgers . If I could prove this in some way I would bet that Trump and Bill Clinton along with Jeffrey Epstein would take off in an airplane and go to an Asian communist country to have sex with children as young as 4 and up girls . $ and six years old little children ! When these people that is so perverted as that die there is a vary deep hell for these people like this . This would be the worst sin a person can ever do . Then to top this off they call them Christens . Ha right . They are demons demonic and dangerous . Then we voted this guy into office that is sick . The only reason why our government picked Hillary is because she knew what Bill has done . Yes that's right Bill Clinton is one of those perverts also . Know better than Trump and should be treated the same fate . I can almost bet that . Jeffrey Epstein had kill him self or these perverts had him hanged to keep his mouth shut . So what about Jeffrey's wife . She knew and they shut her mouth up also . She wont talk if she want to live or threats to her family . Jeffrey is in hell now .

  2. So this us terrorist received the same treatment every innocent
    (wo)man received in rheinwiesse, Korea, Iraq, Syria, libya, etc etc by the US terrorists.

  3. Denton’s courage and ability is awe-inspiring. Incidentally, I visited the “Hanoi Hilton” several years ago and was amazed to see a photo on display of Senator John McCain on an post war visit to the jail. It was stated McCain could not raise his arms above his shoulders due to the injuries from the torture he endured.

  4. Just some of the notable people from the Bible in prison Joseph Jeremiah Samson John micaiah Paul and Peter Jehoachin king Manasseh. I know the pain of a prisoner and a slave. It's not the way things should be, but God wills it and hopefully there's a great plan behind it.

  5. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
    When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Mark 2:17)
    For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. (2 Corinthians 7:10)
    I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:5)

  6. good. they should be grateful they weren't just shot, American soldiers in Vietnam were no different from waffen ss in eastern Europe. inhuman and worthy only to be put down

  7. America were the aggressor. They were the ones going to another nation to murder women and children. Let's set history straight right here. America keeps murdering poor people and stealing their shit over and over. They have murdered over a million women and children so far this century.

  8. Jumping Jesus Christ on a pogo stick. Morse Code? Damn, do some research. POWs communicated using the Tap code. Morse Code my arse….. Grid of 5 rows of 5 letters. C and K double up. The letter T would be tap tap tap tap -short pause-then tap tap tap tap. All of us who attended USAF Survival School at Fairchild AFB learned the Tap Code.

  9. The central problem is taking the amazing, nearly inhuman resilience and will of this man and using it as a benchmark for all soldiers. Suggesting that in the presence of systematic, long term torture, a soldier should still resist, never sign any documents, never say on camera what their captors want them to is an expectation that is not only absurd, but a complete disregard for the human being that is the soldier. I'm sure when he came back, he was not the man, the husband, the father he should have been, could have been. In nearly all, if not all cases, this kind of resistance warps, crushes and damages the mental health of the victim/solider permanently. The goal should be to survive such situations, preserving as much of the physical and mental health of the soldier at the end as possible. That is the "resistance" that should be the goal. Expecting soldiers under these conditions to act as this unique man did is unrealistic and frankly, an inhumane expectation.

  10. True hero, sadly many are manipulated to fight for globalism and dont even know it.
    US had no business in Vietnam
    one of few who returned home and was taken care of.
    Many today are sent home ignored and end up abandoned and homeless and turning to drugs for relief.

  11. And, as usual, it was all for nothing. Just like Afghanistan, Just like Iraq, Just like Ukraine is going to be. They get us into these wars with lies, for their own personal reasons, and thousands die, and thousands are permanently injured, and then it's all for nothing when it's over.