The Incredibly Stupid One at the Hanoi Hilton

Pierre Lagacé:

A reader sent me this…
Hi Pierre thought you might enjoy this. I realize it’s not in the WWII realm but is a story about common man doing extraordinary things.

Originally posted on Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel:

SN HEGDAHL, USS CANBERRA – PRISONER OF WAR

 By Dick “Beak” Stratton, Captain, USN (Ret.)

It was a warmer than usual summer day in Clark, South Dakota when a rather large and ungainly young man, a recent high school graduate, set about finding his way in the world. The salivating Navy recruiter asked the youngster what it would take to have him sign up: “why, I’d like to go to Australia .” It was as good as done. After all, in 1966, if you were lucky enough to ship out on the USS Canberra, more likely than not, during the course of your hitch, there will be a port call to the ship’s namesake— Canberra , Australia .

DouglasHegdahlThis young man came from a solid, patriotic Norwegian Lutheran stock that believed when your country called, you answered. You did not go to the bus station but to the recruiting…

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4 thoughts on “The Incredibly Stupid One at the Hanoi Hilton

  1. What a tale of heroism and resilience! I can’t imagine how people survive these sorts of things, yet history is full of them, each with a harrowing tale that brings home one thing: The need to regularly thank God for the blessings of life, liberty, and a chance to live in peace because of those who lived these harrowing times.

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