On July 18, 1965, U.S. Navy Commander Jeremiah Denton was shot down while leading a bombing mission over North Vietnam. Denton spent the next eight years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi. He was forced by the North Vietnamese to participate in a press conference and told he must say the POWs were being treated well. Looking haggard, weak and beaten from the severe punishment he had undergone, Denton took advantage of that opportunity however, to send a secret message home, blinking out the letters T-O-R-T-U-R-E in Morse code. After the war Denton was elected to serve as the first Republican to represent Alabama in the Senate since reconstruction. In this new APT original film, JEREMIAH, family, friends, and fellow POWs help tell the story of this extraordinary American hero who led the way for prisoners in Hanoi and return from Vietnam to continue his service in the Senate as a key player in the Reagan Revolution's domestic and security agenda.
Mark Fastoso is a multiple Emmy® award-winning producer with more than fifteen years of experience working for PBS. He holds a master’s degree in history as well as a degree in fine arts. This has given him a unique perspective on creating compelling programming on historical subjects. Currently, he is working to produce a documentary which will offer a new perspective on George Washington for a 21st Century audience.
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Director, Center for National Defense, The Heritage Foundation