2016 Press Releases

June 10 National Archives Screens New Documentary on Vietnam POW Jeremiah Denton
Press Release · Thursday, June 2, 2016

Washington, DC

Post-screening discussion features Jeremiah Denton’s son and filmmakers

Friday, June 10, at noon, the National Archives will screen the new documentary, Jeremiah (2016; 60 minutes), followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and Jeremiah Denton’s son. The program is free and open to the public, reserve your seat online.

On July 18, 1965, U.S. Navy Commander Jeremiah Denton took off from the aircraft carrier USS Independence to lead a 28-plane mission over the city of Thanh Hoa in North Vietnam. Denton’s plane was hit by antiaircraft fire, and for the next eight years, he was a prisoner of war in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. In the new documentary film Jeremiah, family, friends, and fellow POWs help tell the story of this American hero who led the way for prisoners in Hanoi and returned from Vietnam to become a U.S. Senator from Alabama.

Following the screening, filmmakers Mark Fastoso and Luis Blandon, along with James S. Denton, son of Jeremiah Denton and editor of World Affairs, will discuss the film and answer audience questions.

The program will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum. The National Archives Building is located at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. Attendees should enter through the Special Events entrance on 7th and Constitution Ave, NW.

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