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The darkest days in American history began when the United States agreed to enter the Vietnamese Civil War The result of the war would leave Americans with a bitter taste of war for several years A pilot is making his final approach on the target he drops his payload and then the plane is hit by a surface to air missile The plane has been crippled and the pilot realizes he is going down behind enemy lines in a hostile area It is hard for someone to imagine being this fighter pilot flying a bombing raid on Hanoi and knowing he could die at any moment But the Vietnam War the POWs experienced a fate that was worse than death As a result of the Vietnamese treatment of American POWs the men were headed for a living hell said Jeremiah Denton a longtime prisoner of the Vietcong in Hanoi One must take a closer look at the prison camps where the POWs were kept the experiences the POWs shared there and then look at the information about the men left behind to find out if it is fact or fiction Vietnamese prison camps had the worst conditions that anyone could possibly be expected to live in for any period of time Their prison system was split up into two kinds of camps The first kind of camps was built throughout Hanoi The second kind was the jungle camps that were built deep in the heart of the jungle Every prison in Vietnam had a name given to it by the POWs For example the city camps were named Hanoi Hilton Alcatraz the Zoo Dogpatch and the Plantation These prisons were the best penal facilities in Vietnam Whenever a foreign delegation came to inspect the POWs they were taken to one of these main camps The POWs here received the best treatment The Hanoi Hilton was the center of the Vietnamese prison system Every new
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