|Denton blinking "Torture" in Morse code|
I am always impressed by the stories of prisoners of war, especially those from the Vietnam era since the war dragged on for so long and the men were subjected to horrendous torture, at a time when the country, the world, and even the Catholic Church were going through deep changes and profound turmoil. (Interesting then that my advisor here at at school, Dr. Robert Doyle, is one of the country's expert historians on POWs.)
And it's incredible that Denton had seven kids and his wife back home when he was in the Hanoi Hilton. That screams of another time, another place. Sacrifice is an action virtually unknown to my generation.
|Fr. Capodanno as a missionary in Taiwan, in the late 1950s or so|
I have no doubt in my mind that it is because of their Catholic faith that these men made it through the war and transitioned into life at home. And of course it was because of faith that the priests who served as chaplains went and died, as is the case of Fr. Capodanno.
Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace.