Nightly News   |  March 28, 2014

Jeremiah Denton, Who Used His Eyes to Blink Morse Code, Dies at 89

Denton, a native of Alabama and father of seven, spent eight years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and eventually become a U.S. Senator.

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>>> jeremiah denton has died, and the most important thing to remember about him is following his release after eight years as a prisoner of war in vietnam, four of those years in solitary confinement, he said it had been an honor, he was a native of alabama, a father, a test pilot. he was shot down in his 12th mission over vietnam in 1965 . he was routinely tortured often to the point of losing consciousness. but one day, he suspected something was up and he was right. they sat him down for a more or less staged interview with a japanese tv journalist. during his interview, he blinked his eyes to show the word torture, a signal to the pentagon to show that the americans were being mistreated. the senator and his wife were married for 61 years. jeremiah denton was 89.