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  • MHQ Magazine

    “That’s Ocay XX Time is on Our Side”

    Armed with that ironic epigram and their wits, American POWs in Vietnam endured with grace. ON MARCH 31, 1968, PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON TOLD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE that he was suspending bombing of North Vietnam above the 21st Parallel. At...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Valor | Leo Thorsness

    Medal of Honor recipient, then prisoner of war. In spring 1967, Maj. Leo Keith Thorsness was a 35-year-old pilot in a two-seat F-105F Thunderchief fighter-bomber flying over North Vietnam to locate and destroy sites that launched...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Getting the Truth Out

    Ten Americans made a daring escape from the Japanese and shocked the home front with the first detailed account of the Bataan Death March. One day in early May 1943, ten American servicemen emerged from the jungle on the northern coast of...

  • Military History Quarterly Magazine

    Why We Won’t Give Up Torture

    Some 150 years ago, Western armies all but abandoned torture. It has returned with a vengeance. In 1849, pacifists felt history was on their side. A series of idealistic revolutions had shaken autocratic regimes across Europe the previous...

  • Military History Magazine

    10 Great POW Escapes

    Capture is an occupational hazard for soldiers and escape is a POW’s duty—some even succeed with imagination and style. Everyone loves a great escape. In the civilian world even the nastiest criminal gets our grudging respect for...

  • Military History Book Reviews

    Book Review: The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn

    Robert Watson relates the harrowing story of a British prison ship off Brooklyn during the American Revolutionary War...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    America’s Civil War Review: Andersonville

    Directed by John Frankenheimer Andersonville, undoubtedly the Confederacy’s most notorious prison camp, has been the subject of fiction, nonfiction, stage plays and films. This 1996 effort, a Turner Broadcasting System original directed...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island

    I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island: Life in a Civil War Prison David R. Bush; University of Florida Press Archaeologist David Bush spent more than 20 years excavating the Union prison camp near Sandusky, Ohio, and investigating the...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Lives on the Line

    High-stakes gamesmanship put Confederate and Union POWs on notice for execution following the Battle of Brandy Station. CAPTAIN HENRY W. Sawyer spurred his horse forward, leading Company K of the 1st New Jersey Cavalry into the melee with...

  • World War II Magazine

    Mystery of London Cage

    Did interrogators at a secret British facility go too far in extracting information from German POWs? In the summer of 1940, just after the Dunkirk evacuation and as Britain girded for a possible German invasion, the British War Office...

  • World War II Magazine

    World War II- Letters from Readers October 2012

    Rising Satisfaction I READ WITH GREAT INTEREST your article “Revolt…and Betrayal” in the May/June issue. My in-laws are Polish and I have heard stories about the Resistance and the August Rising for many years; my mother-in-law was a...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Pilot, the Prince, and the Rescue

    A U.S. airman teamed with a Romanian noble to save 1,161 Americans during World War II. Lieutenant Colonel James A. Gunn III was on his hands and knees, stuffed into a cramped, dark, and cold compartment on an Me-109G-6. The space had been...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    POWs Party in Style

    Just weeks after their release from North Vietnamese prisons, former American POWs were feted at a White House gala of epic proportions. THE MOST POPULAR socialites in Washington were denied entry. Power brokers in Congress were left out...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Free at Last: Operation Homecoming

    Forty years ago, Operation Homecoming saw nearly 600 American POWs freed—and began the task of accounting for those still missing. Oh, the unsettling stories that former prisoners of the Vietnam War could tell on the 40th anniversary of...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam News October 2013

    POWs Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Nixon White House Dinner Two hundred former Vietnam War POWs gathered in the reproduced East Wing of the White House at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif., on May 24...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Lessons From the Hanoi Hilton

    Lessons From the Hanoi Hilton: Six Characteristics of High-Performance Teams by Peter Fretwell and Taylor Baldwin Kiland, Naval Institute Press, 2013 Very few readers of this magazine are unaware of what happened to the American pilots...