Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War
Bruce Henderson. New York: Harper, 2010. 320 pp. Intro. Illus. Postscript. Notes. Bib. Index. $27.99.
Reviewed by Major Edward F. Wells, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
Bruce Henderson’s latest book recounts Navy pilot Lieutenant Dieter Dengler’s personal journey from pre-World War II Germany, through his experience as the only U.S. prisoner of war to survive an escape from the Pathet Lao (Laotian communist insurgents) during the Vietnam War in 1966.
Henderson, who was Dengler’s USS Ranger (CVA-61) shipmate at the time of their deployment, has marshaled information from new sources, including interviews with Dengler and others.