Jeremiah Andrew Denton Jr. (Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr.)served as a naval pilot of the United States during the Vietnam War and was the commander of the Attack Squadron Seventy-Five (VA-75) on board the aircraft carrierUSS Independence (CVA-62). July 18, 1965 Denton with his co-driver Lieutenant Bill Tschudy onGrumman A-6 Intruder (A-6A Intruder)led twenty-eight planes to bombing. But, he was shot down over the cityThanhuain North Vietnam, and was captured by the North Vietnamese.
This is not Denton, butBob shumakerthe second American pilot captured by the North Vietnamese in February 1965. Just as an illustration ...
Denton and Chudey have been held as prisoners of war for nearly eight years, four of which are in solitary confinement. He participated in the infamous"Hanoi March"in 1966:
Also, in 1966, he was forced to take part in a television interview, hosted by the authorities of North Vietnam:
And so, during this interview, Denton managed to warn US intelligence agencies that he and his companion were being held captive by torture and ill-treatment.
So, answering the interviewer's questions, Denton, imitating sensitivity to light, blinked in Morse code, and blinked the word several times.
"T-O-R-T-U-R-E"(in English "torture") ...
The interview, which was broadcast on television by the United States on May 17, 1966, was the first confirmation that American prisoners of war in Vietnam are being tortured.
Video from this interview where Denton's blink is clearly visible:
On February 12, 1973, Denton and Cudi, along with other prisoners of war, were released. In the US, he became a senator from Alabama.