A POW STORY: John McCain


[Folks, I’ve decided to make this post “sticky” and it will remain on top of the daily posts until after the election. Regardless of your political affiliation, please take the time to view the video and read the article linked below. Meanwhile, daily posts will follow below this one as usual. –Bunk]


There can be no doubt that McCain was one scared man in this video.

Blinks meant a lot in POW camps… like tap code.  Ask Col. Larry Guarino. Ask Alvarez. Ask John McCain.

Watch it before it’s squelched by the Utoobage.

[UPDATE 24 OCT 08:  Last January US NEWS & WORLD REPORT republished John McCain’s 1973 story, written shortly after he was released by North Viet Nam. It’s a MUST read; it covers stuff he didn’t dare tell the French “interrogator.” If for some reason the link becomes unavailable, contact me and I’ll forward it.  CLICK HERE.]

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7 Responses to “A POW STORY: John McCain”

  1. The Necromancer Says:

    Unbelievably chilling. The French voice over just adds that much more drama, somehow.

  2. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Check out the updates, bro.

  3. andiscandis Says:

    That’s incredibly sad and I’m sorry it happened to him. He’s still not getting my vote, though.

  4. Bunk Strutts Says:


    No. It’s not sad; it’s abhorrent. It’s amazing that some people have the mental stamina to survive such brutality as McCain and others did.

    I vote against socialism, and I always will. Thanx for leaving a comment, and I hope you’re not turned off by my political views. I also hope that folks consider the repercussions of changing the US government to emulate collectivist european models, as Obama advocates. By the time you’ve realized the mistake, it’ll be too late to fix it. Honest. –Bunk

  5. epicurienne Says:

    Leaving politics aside for the moment, when we were in Vietnam recently, Monsieur and I visited the Hanoi Hilton and saw pictures of McCain throughout. There’s only a small part of the prison left. The rest of the HH has been redeveloped into a multi-storey multi-function building containing a hotel, serviced apartments and offices. The part we did see was fascinating, although the cells were a lot smaller than modern day inmates would expect. There were a lot of propagandist photos of inmates playing basketball, inmates sharing a holiday dinner, inmates at Midnight Mass etc. Monsieur, who cracks me up with his dry wit, turned to me in the prison and said “I wish I’d been a prisoner here. Looks like fun.” Obviously it must have been far from.

  6. Bunk Strutts Says:


    You shoulda smacked Monsier for that one!

    If you or anyone is interested in a more in-depth (and graphic) description of conditions there, Col. Larry Guarino’s book, 2801 Days In Hanoi, is exellent. It’s now somewhat of a collector’s item, but used paperbacks are available at amazon for around $20. Amazing story of survival under brutal conditions.

  7. andiscandis Says:

    I read part of that and it was awful. I mean the conditions were awful, not the book.

    *Still not getting my vote.

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