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The following books and references have all been viewed to ascertain information on POWs, KIAs and MIAs who did and did not eject during the South East Asia Conflicts including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand . The inclusion of the book does not automatically mean that it is recommended nor that the views of the various authors are the same as those of this website compiler. In some instances the book may contain only a passing inference to an ejection pr none ejection. The decision to show the book cover is to help identify references and to show that many of the original books were reprinted and in some cases include updated information or additional material.

The listing is not exhaustive and will be added to in the future along with their fuller details such as publisher, edition, date of publication, isbn number, etc. The books are in no specific order at present but uploaded so that others may share what I have used but also that other can recommend or point me in the direction of other references.
Magazine articles and other sources will be added later.

It is suggested that for more comprehensive information on the POW issue that you visit the dedicated websites.

A fuller list of references on the POWs has been generously provided by Captain Mike McGrath, former NAM POW


    Wyatt, Frederic A. and Barbara Wyatt, We Came Home.  Toluca Lake, CA: P.O.W. Publications, 1977.

Rochester, Stuart I. and Frederick Kiley, Honor Bound: The History of American Prisoners of War in

                Southeast Asia, 1961-1973.  Historical Office, Office of the Secretary of State, Wash, DC 1998.

                Reprint: Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD 1999 (call 1-800-233-8764 for copies).

Hubbell, John G., P.O.W.: A Definitive History of the American Prisoner-of-War Experience in Vietnam,

                1964-1973. New York: Readers Digest Press, 1976.

Anh, Van, Capturing an American Pilot. Ed. David Charnoff and Doan Van Toai. Capture of an American pilot from VC point of view. New York: Random House, 1986, pp 130-134.

Anton, Frank with Tommy Denton, Why Didn't You Get Me Out?  Arlington, TX:

                Summit Publishing Group, 1997

Alvarez, Everett, Jr. and Anthony S. Pitch, Chained Eagle.  NewYork: Donald I. Fine, 1989.

Alvarez, Everett, Jr. and Samuel A. Schreiner, Code of Conduct.

Brace, Ernest C., A Code to Keep: The True Story of America’s Longest-Held Civilian Prisoner of War

                in Vietnam.  New York:  St. Martin's Press,, 1988.


Denton, Jeremiah A. with Ed Brandt, When Hell Was in Session, Washington, D.C.: Morley Books,

                1997.  Originally published:  New York:  Reader's Digest Press, 1976.

Dramesi, John A., Code of Honor, New York:  W. W. Norton, 1975.

Certain, Robert G., Unchained Eagle: From Prisoner of War to Prisoner of Christ.  Palm Springs: ETC

                Publications, 2003.

Coffee, Gerald, Beyond Survival: Building on the Hard Ttimes—A POW’s Inspiring Story.  New York: 

                Putnam, 1990.


Day, George E., Return With Honor, Mesa, AZ:  Champlin Fighter Museum Press, 1989.  Excerpts

appear as Promises to Keep, Reader's Digest (December 1991), pp 107-111.

  Dengler, Dieter, Escape From Laos, San Rafael, CA: Presidio Press, 1979.
Guarino, Larry, A POW's Story:  2801 days in Hanoi. New York: Ivy Books, 1990.

Guarino, Evelyn with Carol Jose, Saved by Love—a True Story.  Cape Canaveral: Blue Note Publications,



Jensen, Jay R., Six Years in Hell: A Returned Vietnam POW Views Captivity, Country, and the

Nation’s Future.  Orcutt, CA: Publications of Worth, 1989.  Originally published: Bountiful, UT: Horizon Publications, 1974.

Jensen, Jay R., Home with Honor: a POW tells how to conquer adversity through courage, honor and         faith.  Orcutt, CA:  Publications of Worth, 1991.  Original publication, "Six Years in Hell."

Johnson, Sam and Jan Winebrenner,  Captive Warrior: a Vietnam POW's story. College Station, TX:              Texas A & M University Press, 1992. 

Kasler, James H., Tempered Steel—The Biography o Colonel James H. Kasler, Dulles, VA: Potomac  Books, 2005.

Luckett, Perry D. and Charles L. Byler, Tempered Steel: The Three Wars of Triple Air Force Cross

                Winner Jim Kassler. Potomac Books; Dulles VA, 2005.

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McCain, John with Mark Salter, Faith of My Fathers.  New York: Random House, 1999.

McCain, John with Mark Salter, Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young

                Person  Should Know and  Every Adult Should Remember.  2005.


McDaniel, Eugene B. with James L. Johnson, Before Honor.  Philadelphia:  A.J. Holman Co., 1975. McDaniel,


McDaniel, Dorthy Howard, After the Hero's Welcome:  a POW wife's story of the battle against a new

                enemy.  Chicago:  Bonus Books, c1991.


Eugene B., Scars and Stripes: the Red McDaniel Story.  Published by friends

of Red McDaniel, Philadelphia: A.J. Holman, 1975.


McDaniel, Norman A., Yet Another Voice. New York:  Leisure, Hawthorne Books, 1975.


McGrath, John M., Prisoner of War: Six Years in Hanoi. Annapolis, MD:  Naval Institute Press, 1975. Mulligan, James A., The Hanoi Commitment. Virginia Beach, VA:  RIF Marketing, 1981.

Nasmyth, Spike, 2355 Days: A POW's story. New York:  Orion Books, 1991.

Nasmyth, Virginia,  Hanoi Release John Nasmyth:  A Family Love Story.  Santa Paula, CA: 

V. Parr Co., 1984.

Risner, Robinson, The Passing of the Night: My Seven Years as a Prisoner of the North Vietnamese.

New York:  Random House, 1974, 1973.

Rowe, James N., Five Years to Freedom. Boston: Little, Brown, 1971. Rutledge, Howard and Phyllis with Mel and Lydia White, In the Presence of Mine Enemies , 1965-                  1973;  A Prisoner of War. Old Tappan, NJ:  Revell, 1973.  Also,  Boston: G.K. Hall, 1974.  

Smith, George Edward with an introduction and  epilogue by Donald Duncan,  P.O.W.:  Two Years

With the Vietcong. Berkeley, CA:  Ramparts Press, 1971.

Smith, Philip E. and Peggy Herz, Journey Into Darkness.  New York: Pocket, Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Stockdale, James B., Courage Under Fire: Testing Epictetus's Doctrine in a Laboratory of Human

                Behavior. Stanford, CA:  Stanford University, Hoover Institution, 1993.

Stockdale, James B. and Sybil, In Love and War: The Story of a Family's Ordeal and Sacrifice During

                the Vietnam Years. Annapolis, MD:  Naval Institute Press, c1990.  Harper & Row, 1984.


Stockdale, James B, A Vietnam Experience: Ten Years of  Reflection. Stanford, CA:Hoover Inst, 1984.

Stockdale, James B, Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot, Stanford, CA:Hoover Inst, 1995.


Blakey, Scott, Prisoner at War:  The Survival of Commander Richard A. Stratton, Garden City,       NY:  Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1978.

Terry, Wallace, Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans. New York: Ballantine,

1984.  (Fred Cherry and Norman A. McDaniel)


Doyle, Robert C., A Prisoner's Duty: great escapes in U.S. Military History.  (Covers escapes of

Dengler, Klusmann, Camacho, Wright, Rowe, Eckes, Fisher, Nelson, Roha) Annapolis:   Naval Institute Press, 1997.

  Schemmer, Benjamin F., The Raid.  New York: Harper & Row, 1976.  

Norman, Geoffrey, Bouncing Back: how a heroic band of POWs survived Vietnam.  Boston: Houghton

Mifflin, 1990.

Grant, Zalin, Survivors: Vietnam P.O.W.s tell their stories.  New York: W. W. Norton, 1975.
  Jensen-Stevensen, Monica and Wm. Stevensen, Kiss the Boys Goodbye, with material from Captain                Eugene "Red" McDaniel, USN (Ret). New York: Penguin Books, 1991. Sauter, Mark and Jim Sanders, The Men We Left Behind: Henry Kissinger, the politics of deceit and the         tragic fate of POWs after the Vietnam War. Washington, DC:  National Press Books, 1993.  

Holzer, Henry Mark and Erika, “Aid and Comfort” Jane Fonda in North Vietnam.  McFarland &

                Company, Inc.  Jefferson, North Carolina, and London, 2002.


Groom, Winston and Duncan Spencer, Conversations With the Enemy: the story of PFC Robert

                Garwood. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1983.

Barnes, Scott, Bohica.  (No further information)


Bailey, Lawrence R., with Ron Martz, Solitary Survivor:  The First American POW in Southeast

Asia.  Washington, DC:  Brassey's, 1995


Bucher, CDR Loyd M. with Mark Rascovich, Bucher: my story. USS Pueblo, North Korean capture on          Jan 23, 1968. New York:                 Doubleday, 1970.


Cayer, Marc, Prisoner in Vietnam (English version).  Marc Cayer: Prisonnier au Vietnam (French

                version), Asia Resource Center, Washington, DC, 1990.


 Chesley, Larry, Seven Years in Hanoi; a POW tells his story.  Salt Lake City:  Bookcraft, 1973. Clarke, Marjorie (Nelson), Captive on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, Chicago:  Moody Press, 1974.
Clinton, Susan, Everett Alvarez, Jr.:  A Hero For Our Times. Chicago:  Children's Press, 1990.

Hirsh, James S., Two Souls Indivisible—The Friendship That Saved Two POWs in Vietnam.  New York: 

                Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004.

Daley, James A., and Lee Bergman, A Hero's Welcome: the conscience of Sergeant James Daley

versus the United States Army. Indianapolis:  Bobbs-Merrill, 1975.


David, Heather, Operation Rescue.  New York: Pinnacle, 1975.

Davis, Vernon. The Long Road Home: U.S. Prisoner of War Policy and Planning in Southeast Asia. 

                Washington, D.C. Historical Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense, 2000.



Gaither, Ralph, as told to Steve Henry, With God in a POW Camp. Nashville, Broadman Press, 1973. Garrett, Richard, P.O.W.: The Uncivil Face of War.  England:  David and Charles Publishers, 1981.


Gostas, Theodore, Prisoner.  Western Publishing Co: Published by the author, no date. Feinberg, Abraham L., Hanoi Diary. Dan Mills, Ontario: Alger, 196
Doyle, Robert C., Voices from Captivity.  Lawrence, KS:  University Press of Kansas, 1994. Dudman, Richard, Forty Days with the Enemy.  New York:  Liveright, 1971. Gragg, Rod, Bobby Bagley, POW. Van Nuys, CA: Bible Voice, 1978.  

McConnell, Malcolm, Into the Mouth of the Cat: The Story of Lance Sijan, Hero of Vietnam.

              Bridgewater, NJ:  Replica Books, 1997.  Originally pub: New York:  W.W. Norton, 1985.


McConnell, Malcolm, Into the Mouth of the Cat: The Story of Lance Sijan, Hero of Vietnam.

              Bridgewater, NJ:  Replica Books, 1997.  Originally pub: New York:  W.W. Norton, 1985.


Murphy, Edward F., Medal of Honor Heroes. (Cavaiani, Cook, Day, Sijan, Stockdale, Thorsness) Myers, Walter Dean, A Place Called Heartbreak:  A Story of Vietnam.  Describes the ordeal

of Major Fred Cherry.  Juvenile Literature. Austin, TX:  Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1993.


Neco, Modesto, 1650 Dias Cautivo del Vietcong, about Felix Neco-Quinones,  Hato Rey,

Puerto Rico, 1981.


Oppel, Lloyd.  (Title unknown.  Lloyd was a canadian captured in Laos, brought to Hanoi). Plumb, Charlie as told to Glen DeWerff, I'm no Hero. Independence, MO:  Independence Press, 1973. Plumb, Charlie, The Last Domino?  Independence, Independence Press, 1975. Purcell, Ben and Anne, Love and Duty.  New York:  St. Martin's Press, 1992.  Random House, New                 York,  1973.

Ray, Michelle, The Two Shores of Hell.  New York: McKay, 1968.  (French civilian)



Roberts, James C., Missing in Action.  Washington:  Fund for Objective Reporting, Match, 1980.



Heslop, J. M. and Dell R. Van Orden, From the Shadows of Death.  Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co.,



Hobson, Chirs, Vietnam Air Losses—United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps Fixed-Wing

                aircraft Losses in Southeast Asia 1961-1973. England: Midland Publishing, 2001.



Howes, Craig. Voices of the Vietnam POWs: Witnesses to Their fight.  New York: Oxford, 1993.

Hubbard, Col. Edward L., Escape From the Box: the wonder of human potential. Edited by Art        Nicolet.  West Chester, PA: Praxis, International, 1994.

Jordan, Kenneth N., Sr., Heroes of Our Time.  Atglen, PA:  Schiffer Military/Aviation History,

                (POW William D. Port, posthumously awarded MOH).


Keirn, Richard `Pop,'  Old Glory is the Most Beautiful of All.  Dorrance Publishing Co., 1996.

Kilbourne, Jimmy W., Escape and Evasion: 17 True Stories of Downed Pilots Who Make It Back. New

                York: Macmillan, 1973.


Keating, Susan Katz, Prisoners of Hope: exploiting the POW/MIA myth in America. New York:        Random

                House, 1994.


Lawrence, William P.,   Tennessee Patriot.  Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2006.

Lawrence, William P., “POW" Al Santoli, Everything We Had. New York: Ballantine, 1981. pp 232-50.

Maw, Helene Ensign, Freedom Is For Those Willing to Defend It—Stories of Men in War.  Victoria,

                B.C., Canada, Trafford Publishing, 2002. 



Miller, Carolyn Paine, Captured: A Mother's True Story of Her Family's Imprisonment by the Viet Cong. Chappaqua, NY:  Christian Herald Books, 1977.  (Civilian missionaries with the Bru

                tribesmen from 1975 for eight months).



Rowan, Stephen, They Wouldn't Let Us Die: The Prisoners of War Tell Their Story.  Middle Village,

                NY: Jonathan David, 1973




Schwinn, Monika and Bernhard Diehl translated from German by Jan van Heurck, foreword by

Benjamin H. Purcell,.  New York:  Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976. Simpson, Howard R., Tiger in the Barbed Wire: an American in Vietnam, 1952-1991. New York: We Came to Help

Macmillan, 1992.



Stern, Lewis M. Imprissoned or Missing in Vietnam: Policies of the Vietnamese Government Toward

                Captured and Detained United States Soldiers, 1969-1994.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1995.



Sherwood, John Darrell, Afterburner: Naval Aviators and the Vietnam War.  New York: New York

                University Press, 2004.


Timberg, Robert, John McCainAn American Odyssey.  Excerpted and expanded from The

                Nightingale’s Song.  New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995, 1999.


Veith, George J. Code-Name Bright Light: The Untold Story of U.S. POW Rescue Efforts During the

                Vietnam War. New York: Free Press, 1998.


Vietnam Veterans Against the War, The Winter Soldier Investigation: an inquiry in American War

Crimes. Boston: Beacon Press, 1972.  (Testimony of S/SGT George Smith, 5th Special Forces, Chapter V, Prisoners and Refugees, pp 122-35).




Wagaman, Winnie and Norman J. BrookensCivilian POW:  Terror and Torture in South Vietnam

Hagerstown, MD:  Warm Welcomes Designs & Publications, c1989.


Whitcomb, Darrel D., The Rescue of Bat 21.  Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1988.

Webb, Kate, On the Other Side: 23 days with the Vietcong.  New York: Quadrangle Books, 1972.

                (Australian Journalist in Cambodia).


Wolfkill, Grant with Jerry A. Rose, Reported to be Alive. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1965.



Mac’s Facts No. 12:  POW Book List     May 29, 2005

 POW books/Captivity Narratives of the Vietnam War:  (POW names are in bold print)









The list might make some of you angry as it is not "PC."  I did not eliminate controversial books as some of you would have preferred.  For example, "Conversations With the Enemy" is about Robert Garwood.  The book puts Garwood in a favorable light.  Many of you might think that Garwood was convicted of desertion.  He was actually convicted by court-martial of lesser offenses, collaborating with the enemy and striking a fellow POW.  We all know that his actions were not honorable, so you can take out your black magic marker and cross him off.  Actually, in 2001, Department of Defense (DPMO) declassified Garwood as a POW and reclassified him as category  AR, “AWOL/Deserter/Collaborator-Returned.” 


Please assist by notifying me of any book I inadvertently left off the list.  Include: author, title, city, publisher, date in the same format as my list.  Thank you.  MM   <>