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Former Alabama Sen. Jeremiah Denton, Vietnam war hero, dies at age 89
The Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2014 | Seth McLaughlin

Posted on 03/28/2014 10:39:05 AM PDT by jazusamo

Former Alabama Sen. Jeremiah A. Denton Jr., a prisoner of war for more than seven years in North Vietnam, died on Friday in Virginia Beach. Mr. Denton was 89 years old.

His son, Jim Denton, told The Washington Post, which first reported the news, that his father died of a heart ailment.

Mr. Denton, a retired U.S. Rear Admiral, was shot down over the city of Thanh Hoa in Vietnam in 1965 and captured while leading a bombing mission.

He later wrote a book about his experiences.

Mr. Denton grabbed national attention in 1966 when he was forced to give an interview as a prisoner, and he blinked in Morse code with his eyes to spell out the word “torture.”

He later received the Navy Cross and other decorations...

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: alabama; christian; denton; jeremiahdenton; morsecode; navalaviator; navycross; obituary; patriot; pow; profamily; prolife; senator; vietnam
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Senator Jeremiah Denton.

RIP Admiral and Senator Jeremiah Denton.

1 posted on 03/28/2014 10:39:05 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
“Three in the green,pressure and brakes,call the ball for your final trap”

Rip Aviator

2 posted on 03/28/2014 10:44:37 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: jazusamo
RIP Admiral Denton. The movie, When Hell Was In Session, I believe was about him and was played by Hal Holbrook. I hope the Executive branch doesn't ignore his passing as they did Chris Kyle's.
3 posted on 03/28/2014 10:45:59 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Robe

RIP Admiral.


4 posted on 03/28/2014 10:47:12 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: jazusamo
During the interview, he pretended to have light sensitivity that caused him to blink his eyes. What he was actually doing was blinking in Morse Code to spell out "t-o-r-t-u-r-e".

This alone is a testimony to the strength of the man.

RIP, Admiral

5 posted on 03/28/2014 10:48:17 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: vetvetdoug

That was his book, well worth your time.


6 posted on 03/28/2014 10:48:22 AM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: xzins
This alone is a testimony to the strength of the man.

Absolutely!

7 posted on 03/28/2014 10:51:54 AM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

Admiral Denton made all of us here in Mobile proud. When my mother was the asst manager at the commissary at the Coast Guard base here in Mobile he would always ask for her whenever he and his wife came in to shop. She absolutely adored him and he thought the world of her. Sad day for America as we have lost another hero.


8 posted on 03/28/2014 10:54:03 AM PDT by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: jazusamo
Seven years a POW in Hanoi. I can't even imagine.
RIP sir ...
9 posted on 03/28/2014 10:57:25 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: BamaDi

Thanks for relating that, BamaDi, a true hero and gentleman.


10 posted on 03/28/2014 10:59:42 AM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

VIDEO-Denton Blinking Morse Code 'T-O-R-T-U-R-E'

R.I.P. Sir

11 posted on 03/28/2014 11:02:26 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: jazusamo
He came back from that long lonely captivity and horrors and right off the plane, facing the cameras said simply “God Bless America”. He did not make his return about himself.

He suffered grievously from the aftereffects of his captivity, mentally more than physically, but despite emotional frantic episodes he was a brave man who kept at it and cast his conservative votes in the Senate supporting the Reagan initiatives.

He was indeed a hero.

12 posted on 03/28/2014 11:04:05 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: jazusamo

He came to speak at my high school. We gave him a great reception. I miss having heroes.

RIP


13 posted on 03/28/2014 11:05:28 AM PDT by Romulus
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To: smoothsailing

Thanks much for linking, Smooth, remember seeing that many years ago.


14 posted on 03/28/2014 11:06:12 AM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: vetvetdoug
I hope the Executive branch doesn't ignore his passing as they did Chris Kyle's.

The 'R' after Denton's name pretty much guarantees it.

15 posted on 03/28/2014 11:07:16 AM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Hoodat

He was defeated in 1986 by then democrat Richard Shelby who, as we all know, is still in office as an R.


16 posted on 03/28/2014 11:11:38 AM PDT by bjcoop
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To: jazusamo

RIP, Admiral Denton. You served your country honorably under extreme conditions. God bless.


17 posted on 03/28/2014 11:12:29 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: smoothsailing

Thanks for sharing.

This was a great act of defiance that sends chills upon me, knowing Adm. Denton’s courage and what likely happened when his captors figured out how they had been humiliated by him.

Flying with the Angels now, Admiral.


18 posted on 03/28/2014 11:13:17 AM PDT by llevrok (F the government)
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To: jazusamo

My dad was a USNA classmate...this will be hard for him when he hears this news...we’ve lost another hero.....


19 posted on 03/28/2014 11:13:22 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: vetvetdoug

They will fawn all over his antithesis McLame when he goes though.


20 posted on 03/28/2014 11:15:55 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: vetvetdoug

A white, republican, conservative anti-communist, genuine un-Kerry Vietnam hero? I’m not holding my breath.


21 posted on 03/28/2014 11:18:54 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: jazusamo; xzins; Neil E. Wright; Diver Dave; A Navy Vet

Well done, good and faithful servant!


22 posted on 03/28/2014 11:23:34 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Amen. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord!


23 posted on 03/28/2014 11:24:54 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Romulus

“I miss having heroes.”

That’s one of the saddest aspects of our country’s moral decline. We aren’t raising up brave men (and women) as we had. Not that there aren’t heroes in every generation, but they’ve become fewer and fewer.


24 posted on 03/28/2014 11:26:29 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: jazusamo; Jim Robinson; crosslink; rockinqsranch; Old Sarge; null and void; Velveeta; ...

Former Alabama Sen. Jeremiah Denton, Vietnam war hero, dies at age 89

Check out article and comments.

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25 posted on 03/28/2014 11:37:14 AM PDT by LucyT (If you're NOT paranoid, you don't know what's going on.)
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To: EDINVA

Or they’re not being recognized. Don’t despair

He was also against abortion for any reason at any time. He explained while on the Judiciary Committee that the word “abortion” in Navy parlance meant anything that was utterly abhorrent or unthinkable, worse than an atrocity. Probably purged from Navy vocab by now.


26 posted on 03/28/2014 11:42:01 AM PDT by Mach9
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To: jazusamo

I’m too young to have served in Viet Nam, but old enough to have worn a POW bracelet that many of us wore back then as a sign of our support for our heros. The name on my bracelet is Captain Jeremiah Denton. I remember watching the broadcast live on a black and white TV as then Captain Denton was the very first POW to disembark the transport plane at Clark AFB on February 12, 1973. I was 14 years old. I still remember.


27 posted on 03/28/2014 11:45:49 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: jazusamo
Admiral Denton wrote a magnificent book about his time as a POW. It's called When Hell was in Session, and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

RIP to a true American hero.

28 posted on 03/28/2014 11:48:21 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Jemian

Alabama ping.


29 posted on 03/28/2014 11:49:39 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Hoodat
I don't care if the asshat in chief DOES ignore this hero's passing.

My flags are going to half-mast as soon as I get home tonight.

In fact, I may head home right now to do it.

30 posted on 03/28/2014 11:52:17 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Labyrinthos

That bracelet is probably priceless. It’s a piece of history now.

Salute to Adm. Denton. Thank you for proving that true courage never dies.


31 posted on 03/28/2014 11:57:41 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: mongo141

Adm. Denton also served as President of the Citadel if I recall correctly.


32 posted on 03/28/2014 11:58:16 AM PDT by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
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To: vetvetdoug

I think that it would be preferable for this P.O.S. president to keep his marxist attention away from any and all of the services and ceremonies for this great American hero. It would only be for photo ops and publicity anyway.


33 posted on 03/28/2014 11:59:37 AM PDT by matthew fuller (No, I don't miss GWB- I miss Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld.)
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To: jazusamo

As I recall he was Senior Officer of the POWs.

We all must gird our loins because any minute now we will have the Official Comments from Senator John McCain, a fellow POW who also USED to serve in the Senate (now he just trolls it for media attention.)


34 posted on 03/28/2014 12:04:40 PM PDT by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.ha)
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To: jazusamo

Remember him very well....he was loved by a great many people here...


35 posted on 03/28/2014 12:05:21 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: Resolute Conservative

bttt


36 posted on 03/28/2014 12:34:35 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: jazusamo

RIP great patriot! He was one of the very best.


37 posted on 03/28/2014 12:45:32 PM PDT by alstewartfan (Two broken Tigers on fire in the night Flicker their souls to the wind. From RTMoscow by Al Stewart)
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To: jazusamo

RIP Admiral Denton. Go with God, sir.


38 posted on 03/28/2014 1:02:25 PM PDT by Gritty (Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out! - David Horowitz)
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To: jazusamo

I was honored to meet Admiral and Mrs. Denton and their son, Billy, in the mid-70’s and help them pack their car for their return trip home to Theodore, Alabama. Later, I was given the book, “When Hell Was in Session” along with a family photo. They were truly humble, generous, and courageous people. Another giant among mankind has left the earth.


39 posted on 03/28/2014 1:19:31 PM PDT by floralamiss
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Ping to fellow Alabamians. We have lost a true hero.

Thank you, Bamahead, for calling my attention to the thread. I’m still on the other side of the world and was sleeping.


40 posted on 03/28/2014 1:19:40 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: matthew fuller
I think that it would be preferable for this P.O.S. president to keep his marxist attention away from any and all of the services and ceremonies for this great American hero. It would only be for photo ops and publicity anyway.

I agree, even though it would be fitting of the Office of the President to at least acknowledge the passing of a truly heroic man.

I just hate the thought of that piker from 1600 PA Ave going I..I..Me...Me..I...I...when he and his mentors would have been partying with Hanoi Jane.

41 posted on 03/28/2014 1:27:45 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: floralamiss

Thank you for your post. People the caliber of him and his family are remembered by many like yourself.


42 posted on 03/28/2014 1:35:57 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

May you Rest in Peace, Sir. Have fun at your homecoming, Sir! Lord, please comfort the Family and Friends of this Man.


43 posted on 03/28/2014 1:37:09 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: jazusamo; fieldmarshaldj; Impy

May he RIP. Prayers for his family.

Senator Denton truly was a great American. And politically, he established two “firsts” for a U.S. Senator from Alabama: first Republican since Reconstruction, and first (and, so far, only) Catholic.


44 posted on 03/28/2014 2:10:48 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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RIP to a great Senator and man. It’s a great shame that Shelby beat him in ‘86.

Denton was the anti-McCain, a POW who didn’t lose his mind.


45 posted on 03/28/2014 2:16:06 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Amen to that.


46 posted on 03/28/2014 2:21:12 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Bender2

Ping


47 posted on 03/28/2014 2:24:29 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; NFHale; Clintonfatigued

Amen.


48 posted on 03/28/2014 2:38:24 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (You're a very weird person, Yossarian.)
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To: jazusamo

“If I had known when I was shot down that I would be there more than seven years, I would have died of despondency, of despair,” Admiral Denton told Investor’s Business Daily. “But I didn’t. It was one minute at a time, one hour, one week, one year and so on. If you look at it like that, anybody can do anything.”

RIP, American patriot and hero.


49 posted on 03/28/2014 2:59:02 PM PDT by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: jazusamo

So sorry to hear this. Yet in spite of the horrors he endured as a POW, he still lived a long and rewarding life. RIP, Sir.


50 posted on 03/28/2014 3:00:14 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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