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Jeremiah Denton, 1924-2014
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes

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Posted By:RedLegLeader68, 7/25/2014 10:12:42 AM

Jeremiah A. Denton Jr. had three careers in the course of his 89 years. He was a Navy pilot. He was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for seven years and seven months. And he was a U.S. senator from Alabama. He excelled in all three, but it was as leader of the POWs at the Hanoi Hilton that he should always be remembered. He spent four years in solitary confinement and was brutally beaten many times. Yet he defied his captors year after year and suffered as much as the POWs he led. When he and the others were released in 1973, he was the first off the plane. He was smiling. He offered no complaints about a policy that led to their imprisonment.


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Somehow, I had not known this. Mission Accomplished, Mr. Denton! Rest well ...

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/25/2014 10:32:31 AM     (No. 9939547)

He was the real hero. The leader of the Hanoi Hilton prisoners.

McCain grabbed the spotlight, as he does to this day. Admiral Denton never wanted it.

A true American patriot. R.I.P.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/25/2014 10:34:19 AM     (No. 9939550)

PS. Do read this article. The posted intro does not do it justice. There is so much more here.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/25/2014 10:41:49 AM     (No. 9939559)

Jeremiah Denton died in late spring and there were quite a few tributes to him at that time. He was a special man, a leader, a person of impeccable integrity and sense of honor.

We have too few like him.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: CEP, 7/25/2014 10:44:14 AM     (No. 9939566)

Rest in peace Admiral.

"An epilogue: Republicans had encouraged another candidate when Denton decided to run for the Senate in 1980. He got the nomination, though some feared he couldn’t win. Denton said God had told him to run, but didn’t say he had to win. He won by 40,000 votes. "

This should teach those mealy mouth Republicans that head up the so called Republican party to start standing up for and supporting stand up guys and those who live by their word and stand by their words.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/25/2014 10:44:30 AM     (No. 9939567)

A wonderful article. Seantor Denton died last March. The obits then were remarkable.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/25/2014 10:44:48 AM     (No. 9939569)

Senator

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Malia2012, 7/25/2014 10:49:19 AM     (No. 9939585)

Our loss is Heaven´s gain. Rest in peace, Admiral. Job well done. Thank you for posting, OP.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: GoodGrief, 7/25/2014 10:50:03 AM     (No. 9939588)

BRAVO ZULU Sir. Rest in Peace.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/25/2014 10:55:57 AM     (No. 9939600)

This special tribute to Admiral Denton was written by Barnes because his wife´s family - especially his father-in-law - had a close connection to Denton that dated back many decades. Thus this is somewhat more personal, more special, than the standard media obituaries.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: eoddad, 7/25/2014 11:05:36 AM     (No. 9939627)

True Navy POW hero not like the Buffoon Senator from Arizona.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 7/25/2014 11:29:15 AM     (No. 9939660)

FTA: An epilogue: Republicans had encouraged another candidate when Denton decided to run for the Senate in 1980. He got the nomination, though some feared he couldn’t win. Denton said God had told him to run, but didn’t say he had to win. He won by 40,000 votes.

A person of great character deserves an enduring quotation:

"The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper."
— Aristotle,(384-322 B.C.)

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ladydawgfan, 7/25/2014 11:52:52 AM     (No. 9939724)

"Welcome Home, Admiral."
- God

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Reply 13 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/25/2014 1:26:21 PM     (No. 9939887)

Judging from what has been read, assuming Senator Denton was of the conservative party-pre-gope party Before Mississippi

RIP Senator you are remembered as a fine man who has endured a good deal of pain. May the arms of angels wrap you with their wings to speed you to the promised land.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: periwinkel, 7/25/2014 2:19:23 PM     (No. 9939975)

Good catch #11. Some wonderful men have received the cold shoulder from the Country Club Republicans...Ronald Reagan, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz just to name a few recent ones. I´m sure there are dozens more.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Caveman, 7/25/2014 6:01:56 PM     (No. 9940243)

Rubio does not belong with those other two names.

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