Jeremiah on WXXI-World

Jeremiah on WXXI-World

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 6:00pm - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 5:00pm

Jeremiah is a story of a U.S. Navy Commander held as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese and work of his wife in the POW/MIA movement. It airs in October on WXXI-World...

On July 18, 1965, U.S. Navy Commander Jeremiah Denton took off from the aircraft carrier USS Independence leading a 28-plane mission over the city of Thanh Hoa in North Vietnam. Denton’s plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire during the attack, and for the next eight long years, he would battle the North Vietnamese as a prisoner of war in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. As the senior American officer at the prison, Denton was forced by the North Vietnamese to participate in a press conference and told he must say the POWs were being treated well. Looking haggard, weak and beaten from the severe punishment he had undergone, Denton took advantage of that opportunity however, to send a secret message home, blinking out the letters T-O-R-T-U-R-E in Morse code.

The program airs and re-airs on WXXI-World:

Friday, October 13th at 6pm               Jeremiah                                                                                    

Friday, October 13th at 9pm               Jeremiah                                                                                      

Saturday, October 14th at 2am           Jeremiah

Saturday, October 14th at 10am         Jeremiah

Saturday, October 14th at 4pm           Jeremiah


JEREMIAH also tells the story of what was happening back home to Denton’s wife, Jane, and their seven children, who wondered if he would ever return as they faced the turbulent social changes of the 1960’s. Jane Denton managed to overcome her grief at her husband’s imprisonment by becoming an activist and helping to start the POW/MIA Movement which was partially responsible for the Vietnamese ending their program of torture.


JEREMIAH explores the power of faith in unbelievable circumstances, and the qualities of leadership Jeremiah Denton brought to the difficult task of guiding fellow POWs to survive years of imprisonment and torture. In the end, it leaves no doubt that Denton was “a hero among heroes.”  

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