Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr

Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr

Birth
Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, USA
Death 28 Mar 2014 (aged 89)
Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach City, Virginia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 7, Site 8011-B
Memorial ID 127030621 · View Source
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United States Navy Admiral, US Senator. A member of the Republican Party, he served the State of Alabama in the United States Senate from 1981 until 1987. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy, he enlisted with the United States Navy in 1946 and during his more-than 30-years of service, he attained the rank of rear admiral. Denton, an experienced test pilot was shot down during a mission in Vietnam on July 18, 1965. He was captured by North Vietnamese forces and for the next seven years, seven months, he lived in horrid conditions where he was constantly tortured. In 1966, he appeared on television and through sheer bravery, Denton was able to spell out the word "torture" by blinking in Morse Code. This gave Americans a first hand view of the physical and mental suffering of a POW. His ordeal finally ended in 1973. Denton was awarded a Navy Cross. He co-penned (with Ed Brandt) his Vietnam experiences in the book "When Hell Was in Session" which was published in 1976. It was made into an acclaimed TV-movie with Hal Holbrook who portrayed Admiral Denton.

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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 28 Mar 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 127030621
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr (15 Jul 1924–28 Mar 2014), Find A Grave Memorial no. 127030621, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .