In honor of Veterans’ Day tomorrow the Minneapolis Star Tribune runs a story on the imprisonment and torture of Amercan prisoners of war in the Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War: “POWs in North Vietnam left behind torture and deprivation.”
If the soldiers in patriot graves across the United States and elsewhere gave the last full measure of devotion, these men of the Hanoi Hilton gave something beyond the last full measure. Yet they carry the scars of their service with grace and modesty.
The photo below depicts Cole Black and Richard Bolstad, two men discussed in the Star Tribune story, second and third from the left, in the Hanoi Hilton, 1973. May we ever strive to be worthy of their sacrifice.
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