Jeremiah Denton Jr. was one of the prisoners of war held by North Vietnam during the Vietnam war. Arrested in 1965 when his plane was shot down, Jeremiah was a prisoner for 8 years until released in 1973. What made him the most famous of the PoW though, was the hidden message he sent to America in Morse code while being filmed by his captors.
Here’s the story.
In 1966, the American prisoners of war were filmed in a televised propaganda interview that was broadcasted in the US. In the film, the Vietnamese forced the prisoners to say on camera that they were treated properly, in human conditions and with adequate food and clothing. (the article continues after the ad)
But this was not the case. American prisoners were tortured and beaten repeatedly, day and night, for all the period of their captivity. The problem is that nobody back in America knew the real situation. At least until Jeremiah sat in front of the camera.
When Jeremiah was on the spot, he pretended to be blinded by the lights and began blinking in what it seemed random tics. This was just his way of hiding his message though. Blinking was not random at all. The blinking was actually a message in Morse code. A message that spelled the word “T-O-R-T-U-R-E”. It was the first confirmation that American prisoners of war were being subjected to atrocities during the Vietnam War.
Check the video below with the actual footage of the Morse Code: