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P.O.W. Passing On Wisdom

Vietnam Prisoners of War recall their experiences and the inspirational story of how they not only survived their imprisonment, but found growth and gratitude afterwards.
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Vietnam Prisoners of War recall their experiences and the inspirational story of how they not only survived their imprisonment, but found growth and gratitude afterwards.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 at 1 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 8 a.m. on KPBS 2 / On demand now with PBS Video App

In "P.O.W. Passing On Wisdom," Vietnam Prisoners of War recall their experiences and the inspirational story of how they not only survived their imprisonment, but found growth and gratitude afterwards. In their reflections can be seen the humanity that belies the unfathomable circumstances they survived, and how the Naval Academy’s principles of leadership and camaraderie helped guide them through the darkness.

Fred Cherry
Fred Cherry was the first and highest-ranking black officer among U.S. Prisoners of War during the Vietnam War.
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Fred Cherry was the first and highest-ranking black officer among U.S. Prisoners of War during the Vietnam War.

Their stories are juxtaposed with those of recent Naval Academy Midshipmen who are facing the COVID pandemic and applying those same foundational values to their own experiences of trauma and post-traumatic growth, of communication and disinformation, of the trials of solitary confinement and isolation.

P.O.W. Passing on Wisdom

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Statue of Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale, awarded the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War.
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Statue of Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale, awarded the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War.

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A production of 3 Penny Films, in association with the United States Naval Academy Foundation and Finnegan's Wake Films. Presented by Maryland Public Television through NETA.

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