|Publisher:||Ernest C. Brace|
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About the Author
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.