Monkey Paw Soup: And Tales of Drugs, Thugs, Revolution, & War

Monkey Paw Soup: And Tales of Drugs, Thugs, Revolution, & War

by Ernest C. Brace


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A book of non-fiction short stories. Captured as a civilian USAID/CIA pilot in Laos in 1965, Captain Brace spent almost 8 years as a POW in Laos Cages and Hanoi Prisons. After being released in 1973, Ernie Brace was back in Saigon in 1974 re-positioning aircraft and pilots to Peace Keeping Missions for the United Nations in Africa, and Narcotics Missions in Mexico. Over the next 20 years Ernie's assignments took him to Mexico, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Russia. Ernie was inducted into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor in 2010, and recognized in a ceremony and press release by the CIA October 21, 2010. Ernie is the author of A CODE TO KEEP, the story of his nearly eight years as a POW in Laos, and Vietnam. Foreword by Senator John McCain III, is available from Amazon in book and Kindle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615590196
Publisher: Ernest C. Brace
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Ernie Brace was a US Marine Corps Pilot during the Korean War who was barely out of his teens when shot down by enemy AAA fire and forced to ditch his AD-3 Skyraider in the icy Sea of Japan, November 1952. Ernie went on to fly 100 combat missions over North Korea before the age of twenty-two. Since flying for the Corps wasn't exciting enough he eventually found himself flying troops and supplies for the US Government in Laos.

In 1965 while delivering ammunition and troops in a Pilatus Porter STOL aircraft to a dirt strip near the China border in Northern Laos the aircraft was hit by AK-47 fire. Taken prisoner, along with a Thai Special Forces Sargent, by North Vietnamese regulars, Ernie Brace was kept in Laos and North Vietnam in small bamboo cages used as makeshift cells, beaten, and starved. Because of several escape attempts, Ernie was kept in solitary confinement, tied down, with feet in stocks, iron hoop around his neck, and his hands tied with the rope stretched to a post outside the cage. Taken to Hanoi in 1968, unable to walk, he made contact with military prisoners and eventually was in a position to pass orders and information for the Senior Ranking Officers. Solitary confinement ended after four and one-half years when he received his first cell mate in Hanoi. Ernie Brace was the longest held civilian prisoner of the Vietnam War, seven Years, ten months, and 7 days. Following his release in 1973 Ernie continued to serve his country in a variety of positions across the globe.

Edited excerpt from CIA Press Release 21 October 2010. (unclassified)

In 1978 Ernie was awarded the Defense Departments highest civilian award, The Distinguished Public Service Medal.
In 2010 Ernie Brace was inducted into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor. The same year the CIA recognized Ernie Brace and six of his fellow pilots as having flown missions for the CIA in Laos and Vietnam.

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