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Brannon Howse: Who was Jeremiah Denton? Jeremiah Denton was a prisoner of war. He was in the military. In fact, this news report was put out in 1979, which I think is the year that they released the movie that I watched when it ran the very first time on television. I was living in the D.C. area, and this was 1979. I'm going to play this clip, from news station WAVY, on him and on that movie. You're in for a treat. But it's also sobering, and I hope you've alerted everyone you can to tune in.
We're going to get an education. We're going to be challenged. We're going to be inspired. Hopefully, there are a lot of young people now watching so they can realize what it is these men fought over there in hopes that we wouldn't have to fight it here, but now we are. Here's our first clip as we come to understand Jeremiah Denton and then my friend, Red McDaniel. Watch this on Jeremiah Denton. (Video Playing)
WAVY News: Navy pilot Jeremiah Denton is this country's most famous Vietnam-era prisoner of war. He was the first one off the plane at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines in 1973 and the author of a speech repeated around the world.
Capt. Jeremiah Denton: I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve our country under difficult circumstances. We are profoundly grateful to our Commander in Chief and to our nation for this day. God bless America.
WAVY News: On Monday night, in a made-for-TV movie starring Hal Holbrook, KNBC will tell Denton's story. A story based on his book: When Hell Was in Session. Seven and a half years of mental and physical torture in a North Vietnamese prison camp.
Movie Clip: When Hell Was in Session: Jeremiah Denton, 18, July 1965. You’re being very foolish, Denton. You realize what would have happened if we turned you over to the civilians?
WAVY News: Denton, now a retired admiral, lives with his wife Jane and the youngest of his seven children in Mobile, Alabama. His family lived in Virginia Beach during his capture back in Tidewater. This week, Denton says he's happy with the movie.
Capt. Jeremiah Denton: It's the opposite of much of the promotion about me and the movie and much that has been written and said about me. The business of personal heroism is a lot of baloney. All I wanted to see portrayed by the book is that when people are put into tight situations, whether it be in prison or in any other kind of circumstance in life, painful death, fearing situations, they go to God, and God gives them help, and they can behave themselves much better than they can under easier circumstances.
WAVY News: Half of the movie is devoted to Jane Denton, portrayed by actress Eva Marie Saint. It includes a trip Mrs. Denton and other POW wives made to the Virginian-Pilot newspaper in 1969, seeking publicity that they hoped would bring their husbands home.
Jane Denton: I don't think the general public really had any feeling about what was happening to the prisoners other than the publicity that the issue received. So, I don't think it really changed their feelings or really affected the feelings they had about the war because the movie really isn't about the war, the rights, or the wrongs. It's strictly about what happened to the prisoners.
WAVY News: When Hell Was in Session is the story of what happened to the prisoners. The solitary confinement. How they used a tapping code to communicate and how they were tortured when they were caught doing it. Denton says the movie is fairly accurate. He especially likes a scene towards the end when the North Vietnamese release the prisoners from their tiny cells for the last time.
Movie Clip: When Hell Was in Session: Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.
Capt. Jeremiah Denton: God Bless America!
WAVY News: Joan Gartland, Area 10, Eyewitness News.
Brannon Howse: That aired in 1979. I'm now 53 years old, and maybe, perhaps, my worldview was shaped at a time when Hollywood and the networks would actually put out films that highlighted American heroes. Heroes that understood firsthand the horrors of communism. Men like Jeremiah Denton, who went on to become a United States Senator and friend of Ronald Reagan. A man that understood the horrors of communism because, as you just heard, suffered under it horrendously. You're going to hear in his own words just how horrendous that torture was. Captured July 18th, 1965. Released in 1973. As I sat there and I still remember the night watching that in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., at ten years old.
One of the many experiences that helped to shape my worldview. Others included being taken, as I've told this audience many times, to places like The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier starting when I was age four. I was taken to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery many times. From the time I was four until we left the D.C. area around the age of 13. I had ingrained into me what it meant to serve America in the military and the sacrifice that was represented by the white crosses that dotted the green rolling hills of Arlington National Cemetery. It was explained to me what that brick or stone or concrete box that this uniformed man walked in front of back-and-forth day and night, 24 seven.
What that represented, was the unknown men who never were counted. They didn't come home. Their bodies were not found. Maybe, having that ingrained into my worldview beginning at age four and yet even pop culture playing broadcasts, like When Hell Was in Session when I was ten, in 1979, indeed helped to shape who I am today. In fact, Ronald Reagan, in his farewell address to our nation from the Oval Office, talked about the fact that when he was growing up, as was the case with many of us, we actually picked up patriotism from pop culture. "If you didn't pick it up from pop culture," Ronald Reagan said, "You picked it up from the man down the street, the father of the kids you played with who maybe served in World War II or the Korean War or Vietnam."
You picked up patriotism. Of course, we know we picked it up often in our schools and what was taught in our textbooks. But yeah, you could pick it up even on television. The honoring of the flag, the seriousness of the sacrifice that was made so we might enjoy our freedoms. You could even watch PBS on the 4th of July and see a pretty good, patriotic Washington 4th of July. In fact, in 1976, I lived in Washington, D.C. In 1976, I was taken by my parents, along with a group of folks from the church after the Sunday night service, to see the fireworks of 1976. The 200th anniversary of America on the Mall of Washington, D.C. What a firework display that was. I was also taken, and I would sit on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial overlooking the Tidal Basin. And we would watch on many a summer night something known as twilight tattoo.
It was branches of the military performing all kinds of historical events right in front of us. From the Revolutionary War to the Korean War to Vietnam, World War I, and World War II. Various branches of the military acted out these historical events as the sun went down. Again, the common theme was what? Patriotism. Ronald Reagan warned in his farewell address to America that he feared that America had and was a commitment to patriotism.
So, he took it upon himself in his farewell address, which is what a president really focuses on, what he wants to leave with the American people. His last official address as President and his concluding few key points. And one of them, big time, was please teach your children and grandchildren an informed patriotism. He says he believes that it may have fallen out of vogue with many young parents as to whether teaching patriotism to their children is really acceptable in a modern age.
Well, it is. It was then, and it is now. It is acceptable, and it actually is crucial. In 1984, my friend G. Edward Griffin interviewed a former KGB officer who defected to America, Yuri Bezmenov. I play clips of that in several of my documentaries. And as we know, Yuri Bezmenov was also an expert on propaganda. That was his area of expertise. Propaganda, brainwashing, information, operation, psychological warfare. He talked about the various stages that the Communists hoped to bring America through demoralization, destabilization, chaos, and then the new norm as the revolution was finally realized. Demoralize, destabilize, chaos, and then the new norm.
At the end of the interview in 1984, he was asked by G. Edward Griffin, "Sir, what do you recommend for America after all you have laid out? What can we do?" Like Ronald Reagan, who just a few years later would give in his farewell address. This man in '84 said, "Teach patriotism." Here sat a former KGB officer. An expert in brainwashing and propaganda who stated, "If you want to inoculate your kids against the goals of the KGB and the Communists, you better teach them patriotism." Well, that's what I learned as a young child, whether standing at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, sitting on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial, watching the military pageantry, or, as I've told you before, going on the public tour at the FBI.
Starting when I was four until the time, I was about 13. What did we learn there? The FBI then was staunch anti-communist. In fact, my friend Terry Turchie, the Former Assistant Deputy Director of the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI, has been with us and told the stories of tracking the KGB and the Communists as an FBI agent. The FBI took seriously the infiltration of communism in our country, and they took the opportunity during those public tours to remind the American people of the threat of communism. So even at the age of four or five and six and seven and all the different times, I was dragged through that public tour of the FBI as family and friends would come to town wanting to see the sights that Washington, D.C. had to offer.
It would often include that public tour of the FBI. Once again, I was taught about patriotism. I was also taught about the threat of communism. Maybe I am who I am today and believe what I believe and have the worldview I do not only because of the values instilled upon me by my parents, the schools I attended, and the churches I attended. But also, because there was a time when the culture, regardless of whether you were a Republican or a Democrat or Independent, we all agreed that when the national anthem played, you stood up, and you put your hand over your heart.
We honored those who served in our military. Oh, there were a few. The hippies, the fringes. But that was by far the minority. Whether Republican or Democrat, we honored the flag. We honored the national anthem. We honored those who served. And we had a strong sense of patriotism. And the whole political label dropped, not to be discussed when America would be attacked abroad or at home. When our hostages were taken at the embassy in Iran, Americans again united. They put yellow ribbons around their trees. We watched, and we prayed, and we waited for Americans to return home.
Sadly today, America is indeed divided, and there seems to be very little that we can find common ground on. In fact, the patriotism that used to give us a common ground and bring us together as one nation, E Pluribus Unum – "Out of many, one," is now divisive itself. The thing that used to bring us together that would cause us to set aside political arguments and debates, and to be united was our love of country, our patriotism. Honoring the sacred institutions of our nation. Our hatred of the very antithesis of communism. Well, that patriotism now is at the very heart of what is dividing much of the nation today. To stand up for the national anthem that's white privilege. That's honoring the white privilege that America has offered to only a select few.
It's better to take a knee and dishonor the flag and the national anthem to show solidarity with the progressive Marxist agenda. Even law enforcement and FBI agents are on camera, on video, in print, taking a knee to Marxist agitators in the streets. That wouldn't have happened not too many years ago, regardless of the political party, you belong to. What has happened to America? In part, we have not heeded the words of the former KGB officer, Yuri Bezmenov. We have not taught our kids enough patriotism and, in some cases, none at all.
We did not listen to the warning by Ronald Reagan from his Oval Office desk on his last evening in that office to teach and inform patriotism. And today, we're reaping much of the consequences. Well, let's take a few minutes tonight, and let's learn the importance of patriotism and the importance of understanding who are our enemies. What are the values that will surely bring down America? Because trust you, me, there are plenty of them. And, of course, we know the great threat, communism. We are going to roll through a lot of video footage and some interviews that I hope will inspire you to be patriotic, to have an informed patriotism.
I want to play for you something I found today this morning when doing more research on Jeremiah Denton. This is an interview that was conducted several years ago but replayed not too long ago that's now available on YouTube. I'm not going to play the whole thing, but enough of it for you to get an understanding of what Jeremiah Denton went through, and the challenge as he a former POW, the longest-held prisoner of war in American history, it’s said. His warning to America. There are two clips. And again, this is vital for our young people to hear. It's vital that we put up men like this in front of our children and our grandchildren to raise the standard of what it means to be patriotic. To serve our country and to be an American male.
Today, the American male is so ridiculed. Toxic masculinity, white privilege. The John Wayne's of our day, many of them are out of touch, we're told, politically incorrect. But John Wayne was one of the many men that understood communism. He actually used his own money to fund his movie, The Green Berets, to show the horrors of communism. John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, and Jeremiah Denton were some of the men of the years in which I was growing up, where these men were prominent in television specials, documentaries, and movies.
Talking about patriotism. Talking about the threat of communism. But who could speak to it better, really, than a man who spent eight years being tortured by the Communists? Perhaps, if nothing else, you should understand at the end of the day, the fruit of communism is brutality. It is an infatuation and love of death. We know that the Marxists love abortion on demand. But more than just abortion on demand, they love infanticide. And even now, as we're on the air, California is looking at legislation to make it legal to kill a baby up to 28 days outside the womb. Infanticide is now legal in 19 states. The current occupant of the White House has come out and stated that the greatest threat to America is pro-lifers. The MAGA group, as he referred to them, the Make America Great Again group.
He now wants to open up the Ministry of Truth. Something that sounds like it should be, and indeed was at one time in many communist nations. Many communist nations that still exist have such boards. We are in the middle of a communist revolution. Do we understand that this is just the beginning? Do you want to understand just how cruel they can be with infanticide, active euthanasia, and rationed health care? Which I can promise you will not be available to those that hold the worldview of you and me. Do you want to know how cruel they can be? Listen to someone who was there and tortured by them. By the communists at the Hanoi Hilton. Jeremiah Denton. Watch this. (Video Playing)
Ronald Regan: We don't have to turn to our history books for heroes. They're all around us. One who sits among you here tonight epitomizes that heroism at the end of the longest imprisonment ever inflicted on men of our armed forces. Who will ever forget that night when we waited for television to bring us the scene of that first plane landing at Clark Field in the Philippines, bringing our POWs home? The plane door opened, and Jeremiah Denton came slowly down the ramp. He caught sight of our flag, saluted it, and said, "God bless America!" And then thanked us for bringing him home.
World Over News Anchor: Welcome back to the World Over. Admiral Jeremiah Denton was shot down by the North Vietnamese in 1965. He spent nearly eight years as a captive in the notorious Hanoi Hilton. He famously blinked the word torture in Morse code during an orchestrated propaganda broadcast in 1966. He, as much as anyone else, exemplified the bravery, heroism, and sacrifice shown by American POWs during the Vietnam War. I sat down with him a few years ago at our Birmingham studios to talk about what being a soldier meant to him and the faith that was crucial to his survival. Here's my interview with the late Rear Admiral and former Senator Jeremiah Denton. Admiral, to begin in 1965, I want to take you back to Vietnam. You're shot down. You land in a river, and they begin fishing you out. What is going through your mind at that moment?
Capt. Jeremiah Denton: Anger, frustration. But before we start, I have to say, all this hero stuff, the only hero of my story is Jesus Christ, not me. Okay?
World Over News Anchor: Okay. Well, we will definitely get to that as well. Yeah. When you're in there, when they're fishing you out, you're angry. And then they take you, and they confine you, they begin to imprison you. What was that like?
Capt. Jeremiah Denton: Well, from there, they took me blindfolded back to Hanoi and put me in a prison. And what was it like? It's disorientation. You first start fearing you're going to lose track of time, and you start making calendars on the wall like the mythical prisoners do. And then you learn that Sundays come, and it's quiet, and you're able to keep track of time, and you're very conscious that you better know the day because you're going to be accountable later, when you get home, for what happened. And suddenly, time and events per time mean a tremendous amount.
That's one of the first impressions. Then when you settle down and realize what your condition is, the next thing that comes in is fear. They're going to torture you for military information or for propaganda stuff. When I was shot down, they weren't torturing, but we were scared they were. They would put a gun to your head and say, "Tell us, so-and-so, or we're going to shoot." And I'd say, "Well, shoot." And it would click. But we thought that they might start doing it for real, which they did in October of that year. And then it was quite a ride from then on.
World Over News Anchor: What were they after? I know they wanted biographies and confessions. What were those designed for?
Capt. Jeremiah Denton: Right. The search for military information was not conventional as in wartime for the Japanese and Germans. In certain situations, it may have been. But for us, they knew we didn't know anything. The plans, when I was shot down, were being made in the White House virtually. And nobody knew. No General or Admiral knew what was going to happen the next day, so why? That's one of the things they'd like to know. So, the weaponry didn't matter much to them. They couldn't do anything about what we had. So, they weren't after that.
Their strategy and their determination was to bend us and break us to be used for propaganda because their whole strategy of the war was to go through a few little military dilatory diversions and win the war back in Washington, New York, Chicago, and college campuses. And so, we were to be broken and to advocate their side in the war. That was their principal objective. In that, they, I think, lost that war. They managed to get a few guys to do that, but most of us didn't give them anything credible in that respect.
World Over News Anchor: You all used to come up with fictitious biographies and that sort of thing to pacify them and to get out.
Capt. Jeremiah Denton: Yeah. And we'd make them torture us for that, say to unconsciousness. You know, you can't be tortured any further than that or pull a guy's arms out of the socket, and then he'd give them a biography, and it would be absurd. I had a particularly flamboyant one I would like to see printed in New York Times, and I made them torture me every time they got it, but it was like that.
World Over News Anchor: What sort of torture were they doing in the beginning?
Capt. Jeremiah Denton: Well, mostly the rope tricks by which they would bind you up in ropes cut off the blood circulation, which sounds like nothing. But pretty soon, your heart's pounding so hard, trying to send blood through your body that you can hear it pounding, and you pass out. Then maybe the first time that happens you, break and give him a biography or something, let's say, but after you can take it and you pass out maybe you fast a little bit and get really weak, but that doesn't work too well. It was hard for them, but men are subject to different levels of pain that they can take, you know?
World Over News Anchor: And you were very resolute that you weren't going to give them certainly any military secrets, and you even stashed a little piece of glass in your cell. Why did you do that?
Capt. Jeremiah Denton: Yeah, I'm a little discomfited. I think they've said something in the code about resisting until the point of no return. I mean. But there's a weak part in there. But I don't think that we should forget that if you give classified military information, particularly sensitive information that you know about, such as ECM, where you turn it on or when you turn it on, how you turn it, you can cost the lives of other men, many men. So, you've got to think about whether you ever, ever should do that. Shouldn't that be an absolute rule? To the point of ultimate will or resistance, you don't give classified military information. I intended not to, and I had broken glass in my cell in case they started. They'd give plenty of days for you to make up your mind. They threatened you before. If they'd gotten in an attack, I would have cut my wrists.
World Over News Anchor: Hmm.
Brannon Howse: Listen to what he's saying. This man was so committed to not betraying anyone and thus causing their death that he was willing to take his own life. I'm reminded of the verse in the Bible, "Greater love hath no man than he lay down his life for his friends." He was so committed to his oath, and he talked about the code of conduct. The code of conduct came around for our military to take this code of conduct, to memorize this code of conduct, and what was expected of them if they should ever be taken prisoners of war. It came about because during the Korean War, as I detailed in my movie, Brainwashed America.
Many of the men in the Korean War who became prisoners of war they didn't act in a way worthy of Americans. But it wasn't totality all their fault, because what our own government found out in a study of those POWs from the Korean War, the ones that came home. They had not been taught enough about why they were fighting, what they were fighting for. They had not been taught enough about American history, our constitution, capitalism, and the free market system. Capitalism being the pejorative of Karl Marx.
But they've not been taught enough about the free-market system or, if you will, capitalism versus communism, socialism. And so, they began to buy the lies of their communist captors. Some of them, even after the war, didn't want to leave. They didn't want to return home. And when a study was conducted to find out why so many of them went along with their captors or did not try to escape or turned on their own fellow POWs and turn them in. Snitched on them.
Or why they couldn't even get organized as a group to stage an escape when barbed wire dogs and armed guards were not prolific at all in many of these camps. How is it they could keep with just one or two guys so many in order? Well, the communists had found a way to break them, to brainwash them. And thus, after the Korean War, the code of conduct was born. What Jeremiah Denton just referred to. Later in the interview, he talks about what has happened to America. Very instructive, I think, for what's happening to America right now. (Video Playing)
Capt. Jeremiah Denton: Here's a quote from George Washington because it's so darn important. This is what our government ought to read now. “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morals are indispensable supports. Let us, with caution, indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar stature, both reason and experience forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
When I came home, after all the meditation on things like that, realizing that compassion and self-discipline are indispensable to a democracy and that the only source of that kind of morality comes from a religion where your life, your eternal life, depends on whether you love your neighbor or you love yourself. Which is just compassion. We've thrown that out now, subtly or by a period of judicial and legislative rulings based on nothing. You can't have the Ten Commandments in a school because the kids might look at the Ten Commandments and start thinking about them? Well, the country was built on that. Our founding fathers recognized that God, this nation was based on God.
And William Penn said it as well as any, "Men must choose to be governed by God or condemn themselves to be ruled by tyrants." What happened to those statements which founded this country? We saw people enjoying the consumption of what the previous good principles have produced in the way of a system blessed by God, and we respected him. Thanking the founding fathers. They came over from a nation where they'd been persecuted before. They crossed a hazardous ocean. They landed on a hostile shore with Indians and the climate. They, like POWs or any other soldiers, suffered. They knew about the reality of God, and they were able to be formed into a nation that was knowingly dependent upon God.
There were numerous references to God, and in addition, the system was a greater revolution than that. It said, "All men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights." Never before, it was God, and king, the divine right of kings, then the people. God, the revolution says, the individual man, then government, the servant of the people. And they invented a system to do that. And it worked beautifully for a long time. And starting about after 1950, the premise was questioned. And now, instead of being one nation under God, we are conscientiously and formally and officially one nation without God, and we're wondering why we're having problems.
Brannon Howse: I'm going to stop there. I don't know about you folks. That's powerful. This is a generation that is long gone. And I know some of those guys of his generation. One of them, Udall Myers, is in my documentaries Siege and Brainwashed. He also was in Vietnam. The way these guys spoke and talked and the conviction they had is something we don't see too much in this generation anymore. But is that perhaps because we don't put up men like that in front of this generation anymore? Well, I think it was about 2014 when Jeremiah Denton passed away, and he is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. I want to play a little video clip of the ceremony of his burial. Watch this. (Video Paying)
Brannon Howse: Well. The story of Jeremiah Denton is one of several that our nation should be reminded of. Another one is a man I have not had the privilege of meeting in person, but I certainly had the opportunity to interview him on the radio for two days. His name, Red, that's his nickname, McDaniel. Here is a newscast. Don't you love how these news channels would do pieces on these guys as we saw with Jeremiah Denton and now on Red McDaniel.? Again, our news media and outlets would use that platform of theirs to bring forth men to the attention of the nation as they once did. Here's a little short synopsis of the life of Red McDaniel. Watch this. (Video Playing)
The American Veteran Clip: It was his 81st bombing mission over Vietnam. He wasn't supposed to be flying that day, and in two weeks, he would have been back on U.S. soil with his family. But on May 19, 1967, Captain Eugene Red McDaniel's life would be changed forever. It was a major escalation in the Vietnam War. Captain Red McDaniel was headed for his target when his plane was hit. On fire and heading down, he and his navigator ejected. He landed, crushing two vertebrae in his back. He was paralyzed but still able to make contact with aircraft overhead. As he lay in the jungle, he thought he would be rescued within the hour, but 26 hours later, the enemy came to get him.
Captain Red McDaniel: They took me en route to Hanoi, which was about two days away. Stopped at two camps to put me on exhibit. And the people came in and looked at me and threw rocks. And then I went to the Hanoi Hilton. When I went in, it was kind of a relief to be there because I was moving in with friends who I'd known years before who were shot down before me. Well, I went through two weeks of initial torture and interrogation. Tortured for military information.
For which I can understand. But at the end of two weeks, I was allowed to take my first bath, and they took me to a place we called Heartbreak Hotel. It had a rusty pipe up, bent over, no shower head, and it had a stool that I could sit on because I could not walk. And they sat me down for my first bath in two weeks in the tropics. I looked straight ahead and right at eye level in front of me somebody had written, “Smile You’re on Candid Camera.” And from that, I got a little boost.
Dorothy McDaniel: We knew that he had gotten out of the plane and that he had landed on the ground and that he had talked to the planes overhead. So, we knew that he was probably alive and probably in a POW camp.
Michael McDaniel: I also remember being at a very young age and saying tell me the truth. Don't sugarcoat it. I want to know what it is, you know, if it's good or if it's bad. But tell me the truth. Don't give me false hope.
The American Veteran Clip: For three silent years, the McDaniel family waited for news. Was Captain McDaniel dead or alive? They looked for answers wherever they could.
The American Veteran Clip: Anti-war demonstrators protest U.S. Involvement in the Vietnam War.
Michael McDaniel: There was a lot of the anti-war movement, and many times when people would go over to Vietnam, go to Hanoi, they would visit, particularly those within the antiwar movement, would visit the prisoner of war camps. They would come back with footage and pictures. I would go down with my mom. We would go down to Naval Intelligence, and we would go through those photographs and the footage and try to find him in a crowd somewhere.
Captain Red McDaniel: You forget the good life. And for me, I could concentrate on survival, realizing that I had a strong family back home. My wife Dorothy was waiting for me and would take care of the three children so I could focus on survival. And that was what kept me alive. One thing the enemy can't take, though, is the will to believe. Your faith.
The American Veteran Clip: The years went by, and the prisoners of war developed their own communications code, communicating 6 to 7 hours a day. Red kept everyone's hopes up.
Captain Red McDaniel: So, I'm an optimistic person. The guys would tap down the wall a little signal, and they would say, "Red, when are we going to go home?" And my goal was two months. Time and time again, two months. Well, in six years, I lost a lot of credibility, but that's what they wanted to hear. I'd been there two years, enduring torture. No sleep, seven days and seven nights. Beaten daily with a fan belt. And you, really, the body goes downhill very fast on half rations. So, the only thing I had left was that will that says, "Hang on." I had nothing else left to give. And the lesson I learned is that courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is simply the presence of faith.
The American Veteran Clip: After three years, the McDaniel family received word that Captain McDaniel was alive and was being held as a prisoner of war.
Dorothy McDaniel: It was a relief knowing that he was alive, or the last thing we'd heard, he was alive. But it was also more. It was harder because now we could visualize him in a POW camp rather than wonder if he was alive.
The American Veteran Clip: Another three years passed as the war went on. Then in 1973, after six years as a POW, a peace accord was negotiated, and McDaniel and the others being held were released and going home.
Captain Red McDaniel: They loaded us aboard the 141s, and you don't really get excited until you leave the coastline of Vietnam. It’s a term in the Navy- When we hit the beach feet dry, we hit the water feet wet. And when the C-141 went feet wet, there was a G Jump in the aircraft. That's the first time we could really get excited about it. And we went to the Philippines where we were met by thousands of people. And it's hard to explain the magnitude of the number of people that were there in the middle of the night to welcome us home. And we received a great homecoming.
Michael McDaniel: I can remember seeing the plane land and then taxiing down the tarmac. And you know your father is on this airplane, and there's this anticipation that's indescribable.
Captain Red McDaniel: Those words, you know, “What's it going to be like having been gone for seven years, a year of combat, and six years as a POW?”
The American Veteran Clip: After his return, Captain McDaniel resumed active duty. He eventually told his story in his book Scars and Stripes, and he became active in trying to find those still missing in Vietnam. To this day, he credits his optimism and faith that helped him survive six brutal years as a POW to the man he is today.
Captain Red McDaniel: I grew from my adversity in Vietnam, and I learned that when the storms come, you don't wait for the storm to pass. You learn how to dance in the rain. And that was what enabled me to survive, was being able to face the fact that any life has adversity.
Brannon Howse: Well, once again, my friends, I hope you appreciate this presentation tonight. The point of this really is once again to remind us of the sacrifices that have been made. The men who understand the cruelty of communism. In fact, to fully understand the cruelty of the torture that Jeremiah Denton went through is to understand the cruelty of the Communists. They had a pulley system and a rope system, and Jeremiah Denton describes that as some of the same things that Red McDaniel went through. It shows you how absolutely debased the Communist is, their disregard for human life.
And yet, do we not see that complete disregard for human life today in America? Even here now, in May of 2022, our nation is looking at angry protesters over this issue of abortion. The murder of a child. And even Joe Biden slipped up the other day on the tarmac and said, "Abortion was killing a child." He used that word, child. Well, at least he admitted it. But to think that there are those that actually want to kill a baby, not only just in the womb, but outside the womb. Both are horrific. But that's where we are in America. Do we not understand if that's what they will do to a child, what do you think they really want to do to you and to me? We've already heard. They've told us. They want to shut down our bank accounts. De-platform us.
They want to put together committees that might just indeed prosecute you and throw you in prison for being against the Marxist revolution of the central government. They want to implement social credit scores so they can actually punish you with incredible impunity. End your life as we know it. Well, if we were busy teaching our children and grandchildren just how cruel communism is, we would understand that even with all the technology available to them today, at the very root of it, it is still brutality. We'll go back now to the story of Jeremiah Denton. And listen to him as he describes just how brutal the torture was under the Marxist, the Communist, and understand the worldview that generates such activities. (Video Playing)
World Over News Anchor: Tell me about it. There was a rig they instituted in your cell?
Capt. Jeremiah Denton: So many rigs, it's kind of complicated. The one you're talking about is when I surrendered to God?
World Over News Anchor: Yeah.
Capt. Jeremiah Denton: It's kind of hard to describe. I was down to about 120 pounds at that point. I didn't have any meat on my butt. So, I was sitting on a concrete bed with my ankles in stocks and my hands handcuffed behind me in what they called hell cuffs, which were very painful, a gag in my mouth, and blindfolded. And they had a rig under my ankles, under my Achilles' tendons was a bar, which they could pull on from above on a pulley and push it into my Achilles' tendons, and I couldn't go anywhere because my legs are in irons on the top.
World Over News Anchor: Right. And so, it would just eat away at the Achilles tendon.
Capt. Jeremiah Denton: Right, they got almost halfway through mine. I surrendered after five days and nights, thinking that they would accept some bland lie, some truths they already knew. They wanted to know what our camp communications were. I was a camp commander. And if we had lost those communications. They were a very complex countermeasure-type thing we’d been working on for a long time. We were heavily relying on it for morale and order, and discipline.
World Over News Anchor: Right.
Capt. Jeremiah Denton: They wanted the chain of command. I wasn't about to give it, but I said, “Bow cow, I surrender.” They took me in, and I wrote a bunch of stuff they already knew, and I thought, well, they're going to let me go because they don't want me to die. That was the key. You had to convince them that they had to take your life. They didn't want to kill us. They wanted to save us and exploit us. So, to my surprise and dismay, they put me back in the rig, and it got pretty hopeless. I couldn't think. I couldn't pray anymore. And I said to God, "It's not easy to say, I expressed with my whole being. I can't think of anything else to pray. I can't think of any recited prayers. I can't think of any spontaneous prayers. I'm in a desperate situation. If anything happens good out of this, it's going to be yours. You've got it. You got me. You’ve got everything about me."
The instant I said that I had been going through alternating periods of feeling heat and feeling chills. I was shaking at that time, and you could hear my chains around the camp. And the instant I willed that, it was like a blanket of warmth, just a whole aura of composure, of no pain. The pain was immediately released, which was in my back. That was the principal part of the pain. I just went from fear, anxiety, and almost an unendurable pain to complete comfort, assurance, and no fear. A few minutes later, the guard came in and the camp commander. And that's the only time I know that this happened. The camp commander himself came. We called him ‘lump.’
He was a pretty senior guy. He came with the two guards and told them to go in there and break him. Break his legs if you have to but break him. And then he was screaming. He was screaming at them. They came in, and one of the boys was about 19 years old, a pretty good kid. We call him Smiley. He did his duty. He tortured, but I don't think he liked it. At any rate, he and the other guard started pulling on his pulley, and I just looked at Smiley with a smile, expressing what was in me.
I don't hurt. You're not going to break me, and you're not a bad guy. How can you do this to another human being? His face broke, contorted, tears. He yanked the other guard off the pulley and went outside and started screaming at the camp commander that he wasn't going to do that anymore. They're going to have to find somebody else. And 20 minutes later, they came in and put sulfa on my open wounds, released the rig, and carried me out to an isolated place where I supposedly couldn't tell the other guys I hadn't given in.
World Over News Anchor: Your faith and your honor.
Capt. Jeremiah Denton: That was a miracle to me.
World Over News Anchor: Yeah. Your faith and your honor really fused in that experience, in all your experiences in this.
Jane Denton: I don't know how you are throwing honor in there, but faith, yes. Faith was the most terrific product of prayer, of an answer to a prayer that I have ever gotten. But all the way through prison, it was like that. They say, you know, anybody in pain or suffering is going to pray. No atheists in foxholes. Some women with a difficult delivery, they're going to pray, and they're going to get relief of some kind. God's going to help them in some way. And we had so many examples of that because we were just in constant pressure and pain and suffering and fear that we prayed a lot, and we got a lot of answers. And there's nothing new about that. It's throughout the history of the world, in most everybody's lives. And I don't like to be praised for receiving grace from God. You always do.
Brannon Howse: We'll hold it right there as we get ready to conclude tonight. In my series on Brainwashed America. The government, as I said earlier in the broadcast, conducted a study to see what had happened to the men in the Korean War. Many of them succumbed to the brainwashing. Willingly surrendered. These men were literally put into rows and spent hours in a classroom setting as prisoners of war. In fact, the curriculum was written by a group of communists at the Jefferson School in New York, shipped overseas, and taught to our servicemen as POWs. Day in and day out, they sat in organized rows, hearing the lies about our nation.
The very same lies that we hear today.That the source of all suffering and oppression is Christianity and capitalism. That America is a racist nation. All the sins of America were on full display. Never any of the repentance. Never any of the contrition. Never any of the about-face of those sins. Only the negative, the horrible, and many things of which we are ashamed of as a nation. But never the fact that the goodness of America came through and righted a wrong. That was never mentioned. History was taught out of context along with stack after stack of lies.
They broke the men down and made sure that they did not think about, well, their ultimate commitment to each other. To survive as a group, with the goal being to get out of there. So broken, they didn't even attempt to escape. As I said earlier in the broadcast, this is where the code of conduct was eventually established after this study of these POWs of the Korean War, which obligated them in that code of conduct to indeed attempt to escape.
But when the studies were all said and done. What they found was quite unique. I'll conclude our broadcast with what they found. But first, one of the shocking things I discovered in my research on the POWs of the Korean War was that when they got home, they were safe and sitting in the hospitals. They would sit on the wards, and the doctors and the psychologists that were conducting their studies were shocked at how these men, who had spent many times years as prisoners of war together, were silent. They weren't talking to each other. You would think there had been a bond and a camaraderie built that would cause them to be very chatty, particularly upon being free. But they would be on the ward together and not talking.
What the study found is that they had been so pitted against each other that they didn't trust each other. They had been so pitted against each other and had become snitches that they didn't even trust each other when they got back home. Americans, sadly, are being taught to snitch on each other, to nark on each other. We saw actual phone lines set up during COVID to do just that. The shocking thing is the scenarios of these POW camps of the Korean War and the tactics and techniques my research has shown have been carried out on Americans. This fall, I will release part two of Brainwashed America. And you'll learn more of these tactics.
But as we conclude tonight, some good news. How did they survive? Well, you've partly heard it tonight from these two prisoners of war, Jeremiah Denton and Red McDaniel. What do they keep talking about? Faith. Faith and a commitment to something. The government study showed that after they studied all the men that they could get their hands on that had gone through and survived as POWs in the Korean War. Those that survived had two key factors working for them. Conviction and faith. What our government learned was that we had better teach a conviction of right and wrong and patriotism. What is America? What does America stand for? What does America mean? Why do we fight? Why do some die in the service of their country? Patriotism.
What makes America great? Give conviction, and the POW has a lot better chance of surviving. Teach them what it is they're fighting for and why it's good and true. Teach them what will be the lies of the enemy, and how you destroy those lies. Conviction and then faith. "Conviction and faith," they said, "Was the key ingredient time after time for those men that did not succumb to the brainwashing." Yes, many came home. They survived physically, but many of them they did not preserve well, spiritually or mentally. Many of them gave in to the brainwashing. They began to believe the lies, except the lies, and actually, then turn around and propagate the lies. But those that had conviction and faith, are the ones that made it home in sound mind.
You pretty much have heard that tonight, haven't you? From Jeremiah Denton and Red McDaniel. Our purpose tonight was again to put in front of you Americans that understand the worldview and the horrors of communism. And to urge you, as did the former KGB officer, Yuri Bezmenov, "If you want to fight communism, teach your kids and your grandkids patriotism.” As Ronald Reagan warned in his farewell address, “What America needs is a well-formed, well-informed patriotism.” Maybe, it's time we go back to putting men like Red McDaniel and Jeremiah Denton up in front of our young people, our high school students, our college students, and even many young adults. Let them see what it means to truly be an American.
One who is willing to sacrifice for the nation and even die. I don't know about you, but when I look at the lives of these kinds of guys it causes me not to have too much to complain about, but it also encourages me to stand up and to fight. Yep, they fought communism over there in hopes that we wouldn't have to fight it here. But my friends, we are. And we should fight it. We should oppose it. We should not submit. We should not surrender. We should resist. That means we broadcast the truth. We speak the truth. We don't self-censor. We don't shut up and keep our mouths shut. We don't conform to the politically correct view. Destroy the information war. Stand up when the flag is raised, and the anthem is played. Honor your country. Take care.