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Jeremiah Andrew Denton , Jr.

Date of birth: 15-Jul-24
Place of Birth: Alabama, Mobile
Home of record: Mobile Alabama
Status: POW

Jeremiah Denton graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1947. He was interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam after he was shot down on July 18, 1965, and was held until his release on February 12, 1973. He retired as a U.S. Navy Rear Admiral.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Rear Admiral [then Commander] Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr. (NSN: 0-485087), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from February 1966 to May 1966. Under constant pressure from North Vietnamese interrogators and guards, Rear Admiral Denton experienced harassment, intimidation and ruthless treatment in their attempt to gain military information and cooperative participation for propaganda purposes. During this prolonged period of physical and mental agony, he heroically resisted cruelties and continued to promulgate resistance policy and detailed instructions. Forced to attend a press conference with a Japanese correspondent, he blinked out a distress message in Morse Code at the television camera and was understood by United States Naval Intelligence. When this courageous act was reported to the North Vietnamese, he was again subjected to severe brutalities. Displaying extraordinary skill, fearless dedication to duty, and resourcefulness, he reflected great credit upon himself, and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

Action Date: February 1966 - May 1966

Service: Navy

Rank: Rear Admiral

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Rear Admiral Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr. (NSN: 0-485087), United States Navy, was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

Service: Navy

Rank: Rear Admiral

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr. (NSN: 0-485087), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States in a duty of great responsibility as the Senior Ranking Officer in the Little Vegas and Alcatraz Prisoner Camps in North Vietnam, from July 1965 to February 1973. Under the most adverse of conditions, Rear Admiral Denton resisted all attempts by the North Vietnamese to use him in causes detrimental to the united States. Through incisive observation and interpretation of North Vietnamese propaganda pronouncements, he perceived a subtle high-level change of policy in the treatment of prisoners. Taking immediate tactical advantage of the enemy's new imposed limitation on reprisals, he directed an increase in resistance posture which resulted in a nearly complete breakdown of enemy demands of prisoners for propaganda gains. Further, he personally directed and led a period of fasting in May 1970, as a method of protest to solitary confinement, and in general to demand better treatment. His extraordinary courage, resourcefulness, and sound judgment contributed materially to the success of the prisoner organization, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

Action Date: July 1965 - February 1973

Service: Navy

Rank: Rear Admiral

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Rear Admiral [then Commander] Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr. (NSN: 0-485087), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam in October 1966. Rear Admiral Denton's captors, completely ignoring international agreements, subjected him to extreme mental and physical cruelties in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes. Through his resistance to those brutalities, he contributed significantly toward the eventual abandonment of harsh treatment by the North Vietnamese, which was attracting international attention. By his determination, courage, resourcefulness, and devotion, Rear Admiral Denton reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces.

Action Date: Oct-66

Service: Navy

Rank: Rear Admiral

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Rear Admiral [then Commander] Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr. (NSN: 0-485087), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam on 7 December 1966. Rear Admiral Denton's captors, completely ignoring international agreements, subjected him to extreme mental and physical cruelties in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes. Through his resistance to those brutalities, he contributed significantly toward the eventual abandonment of harsh treatment by the North Vietnamese, which was attracting international attention. By his determination, courage, resourcefulness, and devotion, Rear Admiral Denton reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces.

Action Date: 7-Dec-66

Service: Navy

Rank: Rear Admiral

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Silver Star to Rear Admiral [then Commander] Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr. (NSN: 0-485087), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam during December 1968. Rear Admiral Denton's captors, completely ignoring international agreements, subjected him to extreme mental and physical cruelties in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes. Through his resistance to those brutalities, he contributed significantly toward the eventual abandonment of harsh treatment by the North Vietnamese, which was attracting international attention. By his determination, courage, resourcefulness, and devotion, Rear Admiral Denton reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces.

Action Date: Dec-68

Service: Navy

Rank: Rear Admiral

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain [then Commander] Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr. (NSN: 0-485087), United States Navy, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 16 July 1965 as the pilot of an A-6A "Intruder" aircraft, while serving with Attack Squadron SEVENTY-FIVE (VA-75), embarked in U.S.S. INDEPENDENCE (CVA-62), during combat operations in Southeast Asia. As strike leader, Captain Denton led a six-plane coordinated attack on the Ban Lang Moi Bridge in North Vietnam. In the face of intense fire from defending anti-aircraft artillery batteries, he courageously initiated the attack, scoring several direct bomb hits on the bridge, a key span of which fell into the river below. By his inspiring leadership, superb airmanship, and selfless devotion to duty, Captain Denton upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: July 16, 1965

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain

Company: Attack Squadron 75 (VA-75)

Division: U.S.S. Independence (CVA-62)

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

Commander Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr. (NSN: 0-485087), United States Navy, was held as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from July 18, 1965 until his release on February 12, 1973.

Action Date: July 18, 1965 - February 12, 1973

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)