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Ernest C. Brace was the longest-held civilian prisoner of war (POW) in Vietnammarker.

Brace, a former Marine Corps pilot who had flown more than 100 combat missions in Korea, had been accused of deserting the scene of an aircraft accident and was court-martialed and received a dishonorable discharge.

Brace then worked as a civilian pilot and flew for a CIA-backed airline, on May 21st, 1965 he was shot down over Laosmarker, captured he spent 3½ years in a bamboo cage with his feet in stocks and his neck in an iron collar then he was sent to a POW camp on the outskirts of Hanoimarker nicknamed the Plantation where he met with John McCain.

He was released on March 28th, 1973, spending 7 years and 7 months in captivity, making him the longest-held civilian POW in Vietnammarker. President Gerald Ford issued Brace a full pardon for his heroic service as a POW.

See also

  • Floyd James Thompson, the longest held POW in United States history, spending nearly nine years in captivity in Vietnam.
  • Everett Alvarez Jr. the second longest-held POW in United States history, spending 8.5 years in captivity in Vietnam.


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