Hero Found: the greatest POW escape of the Vietnam War

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The true story made famous in Werner Herzog's acclaimed film Rescue Dawn—-the incredible drama of the pilot who overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to lead a mass escape from a POW camp deep in the Laotian jungle.

In February 1966, U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler was shot down over "neutral Laos." He crashed deep in territory controlled by North Vietnamese army regulars and the communist Pathet Lao, who would eventually capture him and hold him prisoner in a fortified jungle prisoner-of-war camp.

But German-born Dengler was no ordinary prisoner. Already a legend in the Navy for his escape and evasion skills—-amply demonstrated during training in the California desert—-he would initiate, plan, and lead an organized escape from the POW camp, becoming the longest-held American to escape captivity during the Vietnam War. Caught in a most desperate situation, imprisoned not only by the enemy but by the jungle itself, Dengler's heroic impulse was to not only get himself out but to free all the other POWs—-Americans, Thai, and Chinese—-some of whom had been held for years.

In a surreal scene of brotherhood and celebration, Dengler returned to his aircraft carrier, the USS Ranger, six months after being shot down—-emaciated and ravaged with strange tropical illnesses, but very much alive and joyous to be so—-only two weeks before the ship was due to leave the Gulf of Tonkin and return home.

Bruce Henderson served with Dengler aboard Ranger off the coast of Vietnam and here tells Dengler's complete story for the first time, drawing on extensive interviews with the intrepid pilot, his squadron mates, friends, and family, as well as declassified military archival materials, some now available for the first time, and personal letters and journals. Henderson's riveting account amply demonstrates why Dengler's story of unending optimism, innate courage, loyalty, and survival against overwhelming odds remains for his fellow flyers and shipmates the best and brightest memory of their generation's war.

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The true story made famous in Werner Herzog's acclaimed film Rescue Dawn—-the incredible drama of the pilot who overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to lead a mass escape from a POW camp deep in the Laotian jungle.

In February 1966, U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler was shot down over "neutral Laos." He crashed deep in territory controlled by North Vietnamese army regulars and the communist Pathet Lao, who would eventually capture him and hold him prisoner in a fortified jungle prisoner-of-war camp.

But German-born Dengler was no ordinary prisoner. Already a legend in the Navy for his escape and evasion skills—-amply demonstrated during training in the California desert—-he would initiate, plan, and lead an organized escape from the POW camp, becoming the longest-held American to escape captivity during the Vietnam War. Caught in a most desperate situation, imprisoned not only by the enemy but by the jungle itself, Dengler's heroic impulse was to not only get himself out but to free all the other POWs—-Americans, Thai, and Chinese—-some of whom had been held for years.

In a surreal scene of brotherhood and celebration, Dengler returned to his aircraft carrier, the USS Ranger, six months after being shot down—-emaciated and ravaged with strange tropical illnesses, but very much alive and joyous to be so—-only two weeks before the ship was due to leave the Gulf of Tonkin and return home.

Bruce Henderson served with Dengler aboard Ranger off the coast of Vietnam and here tells Dengler's complete story for the first time, drawing on extensive interviews with the intrepid pilot, his squadron mates, friends, and family, as well as declassified military archival materials, some now available for the first time, and personal letters and journals. Henderson's riveting account amply demonstrates why Dengler's story of unending optimism, innate courage, loyalty, and survival against overwhelming odds remains for his fellow flyers and shipmates the best and brightest memory of their generation's war.

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subject_facet Audiobooks, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military, Dengler, Dieter, HISTORY / Military / Vietnam War, History, Modern -- 1945-1989, Prisoners of war -- Laos -- Biography, Prisoners of war -- United States -- Biography, Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Prisoners and prisons
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title_full Hero Found The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War, Hero found [sound recording] : the greatest POW escape of the Vietnam War / Bruce Henderson
title_short Hero Found
title_sub the greatest POW escape of the Vietnam War
topic_facet Audiobooks, Dengler, Dieter, History, Nonfiction, Prisoners and prisons, Prisoners of war, Vietnam War, 1961-1975