John McCain’s host at the Hanoi Hilton

Meet Tran Trong Duyet, a former guard at the Hoa Lo prison (Hanoi Hilton) in Hanoi where Republican presidential hopeful John McCain spent over five years as a POW after being shot down over Hanoi during the Vietnam War.

The image on the Left is Duyet today, the image on the Right is a portrait of Duyet from his days at the Hanoi Hilton, mixed with his personal photos from his time working there. I visited Duyet over the weekend on assignment, one of many journalists visiting him these days as McCain’s Vietnam experience goes under the microscope yet again during an election year.

Duyet, who lives in a modest house with his family in the northern port city of Haiphong, maintains that prisoners were never tortured at the Hanoi Hilton, a statement at odds with what McCain and other former POWs have claimed. Despite the differing versions of events, Duyet has been wholeheartedly endorsing McCain for the American presidency, even writing out a message in English for visiting journalists to note:

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~ by Julian Abram Wainwright on September 1, 2008.

One Response to “John McCain’s host at the Hanoi Hilton”

  1. […] John McCain’s host at the Hanoi HiltonThis is Tran Trong Duyet, a former guard at the Hoa Lo prison (Hanoi Hilton) in Hanoi where Republican presidential hopeful John McCain spent over five years as a POW after being shot down over Hanoi during the Vietnam War. … […]

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