Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War

Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War

by Bruce Henderson


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From the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of And the Sea Will Tell comes Hero Found: the incredible but true story of Dieter Dengler, the only pilot to escape captivity from a POW camp in the Laotian jungle during the Vietnam War. This amazing story of triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds has been filmed by Werner Herzog as both a documentary (Little Dieter Needs to Fly) and a motion picture (Rescue Dawn, starring Christian Bale), and now receives its book treatment from Bruce Henderson, who served with Dengler in Vietnam.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061571374
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 256,250
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Bruce Henderson has written more than twenty books, including the national bestseller Hero Found and Rescue at Los Baños. Henderson served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA-61) during the Vietnam War. He lives in Menlo Park, California.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

1 "Born A Gypsy" 1

2 America 16

3 Training for Flight 31

4 The Swordsmen 54

5 Gray Eagle Goes to War 75

6 Shootdown 99

7 Will to Survive 124

8 "We'll Run out Of Pilots" 150

9 Prisoners of War 157

10 South China Sea 181

11 Escape 194

12 To the Rescue 225

13 Returning Hero 233

14 Alive and Free 241

Epilogue 251

Postscript 257

Dramatis personae 259

Source notes 263

Bibliography 281

Index 285

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