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Prayer and Patriotism: Vietnam prisoner of war shares inspiring message

February 3, 2012

[The Dispatch – cdispatch.com – Columbus, MS] By Carmen Sisson

On Sundays, they knelt in their dirty prison cell and prayed. At the end of every service, they pledged allegiance to the country no enemy could make them betray.

Their North Vietnamese captors tried everything to silence the prisoners of war and thwart their weekly worship. They told them to stop. They threatened them with tear gas and bayonets. Finally, they dragged three men out to be tortured. As rifle butts struck already-bruised flesh, the men heard a song rising on the wind: “The Star Spangled Banner,” sung so loudly by their cell mates that it could be heard from blocks away. Read story»

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