Bean Camp to Briar Patch-Life in the POW Camps of Korea and Vietnam

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Bean Camp to Briar Patch details life of American POWs during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Conditions in the camps are explained along with how the POWs coped with those conditions. Maps are included and for some camps names of the men (and women) held there are listed. Detailed histories of each of the main camps from both wars are given. Almost half of the POWs died from cold and starvation the first winter in Korea. The dead were stripped of clothing so the living could stay warm. Men were so weak they died while digging in the frozen ground to bury their buddies. In Vietnam the POWs endured extreme isolation. Some went years without seeing another American face to face. They were tortured to the point death was near, then were revived to be tortured again. They had to compete with the rats for their food. Americans know nothing about our POWs in Korea. Some recognize the name of the Hanoi Hilton from Vietnam, but know almost nothing about what happened to the men held there. This book will change that.  By trying to understand what they endured we honor those who sacrificed so much. We have too long ignored this debt.

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John N. Powers was a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force, serving in Intelligence Operations with a B-52 unit in the Strategic Air Command and with F-100/F-4 units in Vietnam and Europe. Using the GI Bill, he earned a Bachelor's degree in American history and secondary education and a Master of Science in Teaching degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Powers taught for thirty one years, most of that time teaching American history. He currently works part-time as an emergency room coordinator. In 2002 he began researching the Prisoner of War history of 203 US Marines who were captured in north China as Pearl Harbor was being attacked. His wife's father, Platoon Sergeant Harold A. Hoffman, was one of those men. That research led to the establishment of the web site northchinamarines.com. The American Ex-POW organization then asked if he would write about POW camps in Korea and Vietnam. Work on those projects led to the realization there was no single source for family members of POWs from those wars to find information on camps and conditions in those camps. Powers considers that web site and this book to be a continuation of his teaching career-with a much larger classroom.

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