A quiet American POW was nicknamed…

A quiet American POW was nicknamed “The Incredibly Stupid One” by his Vietnamese captors. Upon his return to the US, he provided the names of over 200 prisoners of war, which he had memorized to the tune of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”

When they threw him out of Vietnam, he came out with 256 names that Joe Crecca had taught him memorized by service, by rank and alphabetically; next to each name he had a dog’s name, kid’s name or social security number to verify the quality of the name which we had picked up by tap code, deaf spelling code or secret notes. He still has those names memorized today and sings them to the tune of “Old MacDonald Has a Farm.” One of our intelligence officers asked him if he could slow the recitation down to make for easier copying. Doug replied “No” that it was like riding a bike, you had to keep moving or you would fall off.

Franz Von Werra, a Nazi POW who was transfered to Canada to deter his multiple…

Franz_von_Werra_croppedFranz Von Werra, a Nazi POW who was transfered to Canada to deter his multiple escapes and recaptures, escaped again in less than a month, traveling through the US, Mexico, Brazil, Spain and Italy to become the only Western held POW to return to combat. On 25 October 1941 Von Werra took off in Bf 109F-4 (W.Nr. 7285) on a practice flight. He suffered engine failure and crashed into the sea north of Vlissingen and was killed. His body was never found.

While held captive as a prisoner of war by the Germans…

quilt-croppedWhile held captive as a prisoner of war by the Germans, Major Alexis Casdagli passed the time by cross-stitching. The Germans liked his needlework so much that they hung one of his works up on a wall for everyone to see, not realizing that he had hidden a secret message on it:
On the sides, Casdagli had written “God save the King” and “F**k Hitler” in Morse Code.