Stories of War

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Re: Stories of War

Post by Kung-fu Hillbilly » Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:21 am

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The Torture Methods Used In The Hoa Loa Vietnamese War Prison

Christopher Myers

In 1966, Admiral Jeremiah Denton went on camera to describe conditions for POWs at the Hanoi Hilton. He described the food and clothing as adequate and noted that prisoners had access to medical care. While he spoke these words, he was blinking a great deal. His blinks conveyed a Morse code message of what was really going on: "T-O-R-T-U-R-E."

The almost ubiquitous isolation experienced by many POWs at the prison was so thorough they often went months without seeing a fellow inmate. Some were in solitary for years. During Lt. Cmdr. Bob Shumaker's first four months in solitary, he noticed another American dumping his slop bucket outside and managed to jot down a message on a scrap of toilet paper: "Welcome to the Hanoi Hilton. If you get note, scratch balls as you are coming back."

The Vietnamese rope trick was one of the most brutal methods of torture endured by American POWs at the Hanoi Hilton. The method involved binding the arms behind the back with rope then rotating them upward until the shoulders popped out of their sockets. Victims were sometimes strung from the ceiling like this and beaten as they hung.

Some POWs never made it out of the Hanoi Hilton. During the Vietnam War, 766 Americans were taken confirmed prisoners of war. Of them, 114 died in captivity. The actual number is most likely higher, because many of the denizens of the Hanoi Hilton and other North Vietnamese prisons died while considered missing in action.

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