(C.L. thanks for sending this on—Colonel Bud Day endured 5 1/2 YEARS of horrific brutal torture.)
Admiral James Stockale survived 7 years as a prisoner of war–think about that—
four years in solitary confinement,
two years confined to leg irons……
“Unity above Self” — a motto/creed that sustained these men and inspired those around them…
“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”
. The prelude to the “response” below, from Colonel Bud Day, Medal of Honor recipient – prisoner of war survivor – reads “I didn’t expect to be reminded of my treatment some 36 years ago on this holiday weekend but our politicians find it worthy to ignore what some have tried to recount to them, who have actually been there.”
I got shot down over N Vietnam in 1967…a sq commander.
After I returned in 1973… I published 2 books that dealt a lot with “real torture” in Hanoi. Our president is branding our country as a bunch of torturers when he has no idea what torture is.
As for me…put thru a mock execution because I would not respond…pistol whipped on the head…same event… Couple of days later…hung by my feet all day. I escaped and got recaptured a couple of weeks later… I got shot and recaptured. Shot was OK…what happened after was not.
They marched me to Vinh… put me in the rope trick, trick…almost pulled my arms out of the sockets. Beat me on the head with a little wooden rod until my eyes were swelled shut, and my unshot, unbroken hand a pulp.
Next day hung me by the arms…rebroke my right wrist…wiped out the nerves in my arms that control the hands…rolled my fingers up into a ball. Only left the slightest movement of my L forefinger. So I started answering with some incredible lies.
Sent me to Hanoi strapped to a barrel of gas in the back of a truck.
Hanoi…on my knees…rope trick again. Beaten by a big fool.
Into leg irons on a bed in Heartbreak Hotel.
Much kneeling–hands up at Zoo.
Really bad beating for refusing to condemn Lyndon Johnson.
Several more kneeling events. I could see my knee bone thru kneeling holes.
There was an escape from the annex to the Zoo. I was the Senior Officer of a large building because of escape…they started a mass torture of all commanders.
I think it was July 7, 1969…they started beating me with a car fan belt. In first 2 days I took over 300 strokes…then stopped counting because I never thought I would live thru it.
They continued day-night torture to get me to confess to a non-existent part in the escape. This went on for at least 3 days. On my knees…fan belting… cut open my scrotum with fan belt stroke. Opened up both knee holes again. My fanny looked like hamburger…I could not lie on my back.
They tortured me into admitting that I was in on the escape…and that my 2 room-mates knew about it.
The next day I denied the lie.
They commenced torturing me again with 3- 6- or 9 strokes of the fan belt every day from about July 11 or 12rh…to 14 October 1969. I continued to refuse to lie about my roommates again.
Now, the point of this is that our president has declared to the world that we (U.S.) are a bunch of torturers… Thus it will be OK to torture us next time when they catch us….because that is what the U.S. does.
Our president is a know nothing who thinks that pouring a little water on some one’s face, or hanging a pair of woman’s pants over an Arabs head is TORTURE.
I just talked to MOH holder Leo Thorsness http://www.pbs.org/weta/americanvalor/stories/thorsness.html who was also in my sq in jail…. as was John McCain … and we agree that McCain does not speak for the POW group when he claims that Al Gharib was torture… or that “water boarding” is torture.
Point out the stupidity of the claims that water boarding …which has no after effect… is torture. If it got the Arab to cough up the story about how he planned the attack on the twin towers in NYC … hurrah for the guy who poured the water.
BUD DAY, MOH
Below: a link to an excellent/detailed article about Colonel Bud Day–more graphic torture then what is mentioned above…
The article mentions/documents too, how in 1990 he fought again for all the Veterans and servicemen/women when the government denied health care for Veterans and stated that those who served did so at their own risk…. John McCain is in the article-and documents how he was instrumental in getting TRICARE going with Col. Bud Day.
(I posted/shared this-not aiming to tarnish or detract anything from John McCain or any other Veteran–who can really/rightly judge anyone unless they’ve really have walked in their shoes?– Colonel Bud Day being a P.O.W. has the moral authority to raise/answer questions about the what/how/meaning of torture-as do any of the other surviving P.O.W. who survived the years of brutality and torture.
For one who survived-the repeated life threatening marathons of tortures and the memories of their brothers who did not—from their perspective—trying to equate water boarding of only three terrorist to a regime of years of disabling/disfiguring/life threating torture of many gives clarity and insight to an issue that has been used politically to divide our country rather than unite it in strength….. Colonel Bud Day MOH, once again deserves our respect/thanks in his dedicated service to our country.
“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.”