Repatriated Prisoner of War (RPW) Publications

Many RPWs not only returned to a successful career following repatriation but wrote about their experiences in captivity and a wide variety of other subjects. The following is a list by Mike McGrath of their many excellent publications written by and about these heroes.

(*) = available on Kindle or iPad. (#) Still in print & available. POW names are in bold print

Alvarez, Everett, Jr. and Anthony S. Pitch, Chained Eagle. NewYork: Donald I. Fine, 1989.

Alvarez, Everett, Jr. and Samuel A. Schreiner, Code of Conduct.
Anh, Van, Capturing an American Pilot. Ed. David Charnoff and Doan Van Toai. Capture of an American pilot from VC point of view. New York: Random House, 1986, pp 130-134.

Anton, Frank with Tommy Denton, Why Didn't You Get Me Out? Arlington, TX:
Summit Publishing Group, 1997.

Bailey, Lawrence R., with Ron Martz, Solitary Survivor: The First American POW in Southeast Asia. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 1995.

Barnes, ScottBohica. (No further information)

Black, Karen, Code of Conduct. Novel based on POW experiences of Cole Black. Escondido, CA: C & K Publishing, 2003. (#) 1st printing.

Blakey, Scott, Prisoner at War: The Survival of Commander Richard A. Stratton, Garden City, NY: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1978.

Brace, Ernest C., A Code to Keep: The True Story of America’s Longest-Held Civilian Prisoner of War in Vietnam. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988. (#) Hellgate Press, Central Pt., Oregon (2001reprint).

Bucher, CDR Loyd M. with Mark Rascovich, Bucher: my story. USS Pueblo, North Korean capture on Jan 23, 1968. New York: Doubleday, 1970.

Butler, PhillipThree Lives of a Warrior. Self published, 2010. (#) 1st printing, 2010.

Carey, DaveThe Ways We Choose: Lessons for Life from a P.O.W.’s Experience. Portland, Ore.: Arnica Publishing, 2005.

Cayer, MarcPrisoner in Vietnam (English version). Marc Cayer: Prisonnier au Vietnam (French version), Asia Resource Center, Washington, DC, 1990.

Certain, Robert G., Unchained Eagle: From Prisoner of War to Prisoner of Christ. Palm Springs: ETC Publications, 2003. Republished as Unchained Eagle. 2nd edition, softback. Atlanta: Deeds Publishing, 2010 (*) 

Chesley, LarrySeven Years in Hanoi; a POW tells his story. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1973.

Clarke, Marjorie (Nelson), Captive on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, Chicago: Moody Press, 1974
Clinton, Susan, Everett Alvarez, Jr.: A Hero For Our Times. Chicago: Children's Press, 1990.

Coffee, Gerald, Beyond Survival: Building on the Hard Times—A POW’s Inspiring Story. New York: Putnam, 1990.

Corum, Robert, American Patriot - The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day. New York: Little Brown & Co., 2007.

Daley, James A., and Lee Bergman, A Hero's Welcome: the conscience of Sergeant James Daley versus the United States Army. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1975.

David, Heather, Operation Rescue. New York: Pinnacle, 1975.

Davis, Vernon. The Long Road Home: U.S. Prisoner of War Policy and Planning in Southeast Asia. Washington, D.C. Historical Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense, 2000.

Day, George E., Return With Honor, Mesa, AZ: Champlin Fighter Museum Press, 1989. Excerpts appear as Promises to Keep, Reader's Digest (December 1991), pp 107-111.

Dengler, Dieter, Escape From Laos, San Rafael, CA: Presidio Press, 1979.

Denton, Jeremiah A. with Ed Brandt, When Hell Was in Session, Washington, D.C.: Morley Books, 1997. Originally published: New York: Reader's Digest Press, 1976.

Doyle, Robert C., Voices from Captivity. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1994.

Doyle, Robert C., A Prisoner's Duty: great escapes in U.S. Military History. (Covers escapes of Dengler, Klusmann, Camacho, Wright, Rowe, Eckes, Fisher, Nelson, Roha) Annapolis:
Naval Institute Press, 1997.

Doyle, Robert C., The Enemy in Our Hands—America’s Treatmentof Prisoners of War From The Revolution to the War on Terror. The University Press of Kentucky, 2010.

Dramesi, John A., Code of Honor, New York: W. W. Norton, 1975.

Dudman, Richard, Forty Days with the Enemy. New York: Liveright, 1971.

Feinberg, Abraham L., Hanoi Diary. Dan Mills, Ontario: Alger, 1968.

Fields, Kenny Wayne, The Rescue of Streetcar 304, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2008.

Foster, Gary Wayne, Phantom in the River—The Flight of Linfield Two Zero One, Hellgate Press, Ashland,Ore gon, 2010. Story of Ev Southwick and Jack Rollins.

Gaither, Ralph, as told to Steve Henry, With God in a POW Camp. Nashville, Broadman Press, 1973.

Gargus, John , The Son Tay Raid—American POWs in Vietnam Were Not Forgotten, College Station, Texas A&M University Press, 2007.

Garrett, RichardP.O.W.: The Uncivil Face of War. England: David and Charles Publishers, 1981.

Gostas, Theodore, Prisoner. Western Publishing Co: Published by the author, no date.

Gragg, Rod, Bobby Bagley, POW. Van Nuys, CA: Bible Voice, 1978.

Grant, Zalin, Survivors: Vietnam P.O.W.s tell their stories. New York: W. W. Norton, 1975.

Groom, Winston and Duncan Spencer, Conversations With the Enemy: the story of PFC Robert Garwood. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1983.

Guarino, Larry, A POW's Story: 2801 days in Hanoi. New York: Ivy Books, 1990.

Guarino, Evelyn with Carol Jose, Saved by Love—a True Story. Cape Canaveral: Blue Note Publications,2000.

Guenon, Wm. A. Jr., forword by Jon Reynolds, SECRET And DANGEROUS: Night of the Son Tay P.O.W. Raid, Ashland, MA, WagonWings Press, 2002.

Hall, Colonel George R. and Pat Hall with Bob Pittman, Commitment to Honor: A Prisoner of War Remembers Vietnam, Jackson, Miss.: Franklin Printers, 2005.

Heslop, J. M. and Dell R. Van Orden, From the Shadows of Death. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1973.

Hirsh, James S., Two Souls Indivisible—The Friendship That Saved Two POWs in Vietnam. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004.

Hobson, Chirs, Vietnam Air Losses—United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps Fixed-Wing aircraft Losses in Southeast Asia 1961-1973. England: Midland Publishing, 2001.

Holzer, Henry Mark and Erika, “Aid and Comfort” Jane Fonda in North Vietnam. McFarland &
Company, Inc. Jefferson, North Carolina, and London, 2002.

Howes, Craig. Voices of the Vietnam POWs: Witnesses to Their fight. New York: Oxford, 1993.

Howren, Jamie and Taylor Baldwin, Open Doors: Various POWs 30 years Later, Dulles, VA: Potomac Books, Inc., 2005.

Hubbell, John G., P.O.W.: A Definitive History of the American Prisoner-of-War Experience in Vietnam, 1964-1973. New York: Readers Digest Press, 1976.

Hubbard, Col. Edward L., Escape From the Box: the wonder of human potential. Edited by Art Nicolet. West Chester, PA: Praxis, International, 1994.

Jensen, Jay R., Six Years in Hell: A Returned Vietnam POW Views Captivity, Country, and the
Nation’s Future. Orcutt, CA: Publications of Worth, 1989. Originally published: Bountiful, UT:
Horizon Publications, 1974.

Jensen, Jay R., Home with Honor: a POW tells how to conquer adversity through courage, honor and faith. Orcutt, CA: Publications of Worth, 1991. Original publication, "Six Years in Hell."

Jensen-Stevensen, Monica and Wm. Stevensen, Kiss the Boys Goodbye, with material from Captain Eugene "Red" McDaniel, USN (Ret). New York: Penguin Books, 1991.

Johnson, Sam and Jan Winebrenner, Captive Warrior: a Vietnam POW's story. College Station, TX: Texas A & M University Press, 1992. (#) Available on

Jordan, Kenneth N., Sr., Heroes of Our Time. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military/Aviation History,
(POW William D. Port, posthumously awarded MOH).

Keating, Susan Katz, Prisoners of Hope: exploiting the POW/MIA myth in America. New York: Random House, 1994.

Keirn, Richard `Pop,' Old Glory is the Most Beautiful of All. Dorrance Publishing Co., 1996.
Kilbourne, Jimmy W., Escape and Evasion: 17 True Stories of Downed Pilots Who Make It Back. New York: Macmillan, 1973.

Lawrence, William P. and Rosario Rausa, Tennessee Patriot—The Naval Career of Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence, U.S. Navy. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2006.

Lawrence, William P., “POW" Al Santoli, Everything We Had. New York: Ballantine, 1981. pp 232-50.

Luckett, Perry D. and Charles L. Byler, Tempered Steel: The Three Wars of Triple Air Force Cross Winner Jim Kasler. Potomac Books; Dulles VA, 2005.

Maw, Helene Ensign, Freedom Is For Those Willing to Defend It—Stories of Men in War. Victoria, B.C., Canada, Trafford Publishing, 2002.

McCain, John with Mark Salter, Faith of My Fathers. New York: Random House, 1999.

McCain, John with Mark Salter, Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young
Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember. 2005.

McConnell, Malcolm, Into the Mouth of the Cat: The Story of Lance Sijan, Hero of Vietnam.
Bridgewater, NJ: Replica Books, 1997. Originally pub: New York: W.W. Norton, 1985.

McDaniel, Eugene B. with James L. Johnson, Before Honor. Philadelphia: A.J. Holman Co., 1975.

McDaniel, Eugene B., Scars and Stripes: the Red McDaniel Story. Published by friends
of Red McDaniel, Philadelphia: A.J. Holman, 1975.

McDaniel, Dorthy Howard, After the Hero's Welcome: a POW wife's story of the battle against a new enemy. Chicago: Bonus Books, c1991.

McDaniel, Norman A., Yet Another Voice. New York: Leisure, Hawthorne Books, 1975.

McGrath, John M., Prisoner of War: Six Years in Hanoi. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1975. (#) 12th printing, 2010.

Miller, Carolyn Paine, Captured: A Mother's True Story of Her Family's Imprisonment by the Viet Cong. Chappaqua, NY: Christian Herald Books, 1977. (Civilian missionaries with the Bru
tribesmen from 1975 for eight months).

Mulligan, James A., The Hanoi Commitment. Virginia Beach, VA: RIF Marketing, 1981.

Murphy, Edward F., Medal of Honor Heroes. (Cavaiani, Cook, Day, Sijan, Stockdale, Thorsness)

Myers, Walter Dean, A Place Called Heartbreak: A Story of Vietnam. Describes the ordeal
of Major Fred Cherry. Juvenile Literature. Austin, TX: Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1993.

Nasmyth, Spike, 2355 Days: A POW's story. New York: Orion Books, 1991.

Nasmyth, Virginia, Hanoi Release John Nasmyth: A Family Love Story. Santa Paula, CA:
V. Parr Co., 1984.

Neco, Modesto, 1650 Dias Cautivo del Vietcong, about Felix Neco-Quinones, Hato Rey,
Puerto Rico, 1981.

Norman, Geoffrey, Bouncing Back: how a heroic band of POWs survived Vietnam. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990.

Oppel, Lloyd. (Title unknown. Lloyd was a canadian captured in Laos, brought to Hanoi).
Philpott, Tom, The Saga of Jim Thompson, America’s Longest-Held Prisoner of War, New Your: Norton & Norton Co., 2001.

Plumb, Charlie as told to Glen DeWerff, I'm no Hero. Independence, MO: Independence Press, 1973. (#) 32nd printing.

Plumb, Charlie, The Last Domino? Independence, Independence Press, 1975. (#) Available from author. 

Price, Don L., The First Marine Captured in Vietnam; a Biography of Donald G. Cook. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing, 2006.

Purcell, Ben and Anne, Love and Duty. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992. Random House, New York, 1973.

Ray, Michelle, The Two Shores of Hell. New York: McKay, 1968. (French civilian)

Risner, Robinson, The Passing of the Night: My Seven Years as a Prisoner of the North Vietnamese. New York: Random House, 1974, 1973.

Roberts, James C., Missing in Action. Washington: Fund for Objective Reporting, Match, 1980.

Rochester, Stuart I. and Frederick Kiley, Honor Bound: The History of American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973. Historical Office, Office of the Secretary of State, Wash, DC 1998. Reprint: Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD 1999 (call 1-800-233-8764 for copies).

Rowan, Stephen, They Wouldn't Let Us Die: The Prisoners of War Tell Their Story. Middle Village, NY: Jonathan David, 1973.

Rowe, James N., Five Years to Freedom. Boston: Little, Brown, 1971.

Rutledge, Howard and Phyllis with Mel and Lydia White, In the Presence of Mine Enemies , 1965- 1973; A Prisoner of War. Old Tappan, NJ: Revell, 1973. Also, Boston: G.K. Hall, 1974.

Sauter, Mark and Jim Sanders, The Men We Left Behind: Henry Kissinger, the politics of deceit and the tragic fate of POWs after the Vietnam War. Washington, DC: National Press Books, 1993.

Schemmer, Benjamin F., The Raid. New York: Harper & Row, 1976.

Schwinn, Monika and Bernhard Diehl, We Came to Help. Translated from German (1973) by Jan van Heurck, foreword by Benjamin H. Purcell,. NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976.

Simpson, Howard R., Tiger in the Barbed Wire: an American in Vietnam, 1952-1991. New York: Macmillan, 1992.

Sherwood, John Darrell, Afterburner: Naval Aviators and the Vietnam War. New York: New York University Press, 2004.

Smith, George Edward with an introduction and epilogue by Donald Duncan, P.O.W.: Two Years With the Viet cong. Berkeley, CA: Ramparts Press, 1971.

Smith, Philip E. and Peggy Herz, Journey Into Darkness. New York: Pocket, Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Stern, Lewis M. Imprissoned or Missing in Vietnam: Policies of the Vietnamese Government Toward Captured and Detained United States Soldiers, 1969-1994. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1995.

Stockdale, James B.Courage Under Fire: Testing Epictetus's Doctrine in a Laboratory of Human Behavior. Stanford, CA: Stanford University, Hoover Institution, 1993.

Stockdale, James B. and Sybil, In Love and War: The Story of a Family's Ordeal and Sacrifice During the Vietnam Years. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, c1990. Harper & Row, 1984.

Stockdale, James BA Vietnam Experience: Ten Years of Reflection. Stanford, CA:Hoover Inst, 1984.

Stockdale, James BThoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot, Stanford, CA:Hoover Inst, 1995.

Terry, Wallace, Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans. New York: Ballantine, 1984. (Fred Cherry and Norman A. McDaniel)

Thorsness, Leo K., Surviving Hell—A POWs Journey. New York: Encounter Books, 2008.

Timberg, Robert, John McCain—An American Odyssey. Excerpted and expanded from The
Nightingale’s Song. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995, 1999.

Veith, George J. Code-Name Bright Light: The Untold Story of U.S. POW Rescue Efforts During thenVietnam War. New York: Free Press, 1998.

Vietnam Veterans Against the War, The Winter Soldier Investigation: an inquiry in American WarmCrimes. Boston: Beacon Press, 1972. (Testimony of S/SGT George Smith, 5th Special Forces,mChapter V, Prisoners and Refugees, pp 122-35).

Vohden, Ray, A Story of the Fifth Longest Held POW In US History, Authorhouse, 2009.

Wagaman, Winnie and Norman J. Brookens, Civilian POW: Terror and Torture in South Vietnam. Hagerstown, MD: Warm Welcomes Designs & Publications, c1989.

Webb, Kate, On the Other Side: 23 days with the Vietcong. New York: Quadrangle Books, 1972. (Australian Journalist in Cambodia).

Whitcomb, Darrel D., The Rescue of Bat 21. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1988.

Wolfkill, Grant with Jerry A. Rose, Reported to be Alive. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1965
Wyatt, Frederic A. and Barbara Wyatt, We Came Home. Toluca Lake, CA: P.O.W. Publications, 1977.

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