Jeremiah Denton

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Birthday
15, 1924
Birthplace
Alabama
Death Date
Mar 28, 2014 (89)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
15, 1924
Birthplace
Alabama
Death Date
Mar 28, 2014 (89)

About

United States Rear Admiral and Republican politician who served Alabama as a United States Senator from 1981 to 1987.

Before Fame

In June 1943, he entered the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and graduated three years later, thus beginning his 34-year naval career.

Trivia

He spent almost eight years as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. In a televised press conference (that he later said he was forced to do by his North Vietnamese captors) he repeatedly spelled "T-O-R-T-U-R-E" by blinking his eyes in Morse Code.

Family Life

He was married to Katherine Jane Maury from 1946 until her death in 2007.

Associated With

Like John McCain he was a prisoner of war who later became a Republican senator.