Sunday, 31 August 2008

Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr.

Rear Admiral Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr. - US Senator from Alabama; Founder o/t National Forum Foundation

"Linebacker II ... it wasn't the straw that broke the camel's back, it was the sledgehammer that hit the camel in the head where he should've been hit back in 1964 ... every prisoner believes that."

Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr. spent seven years and seven months as a prisoner of war. He suffered severe mistreatment, and was subjected to four years of solitary confinement. He is well-known for two incidents as a POW: The first was blinking out with his eyes the message "T-O-R-T-U-R-E" in Morse Code during a television interview, confirming that POWs were being tortured. And as the senior POW with the first group of POWs released in 1973, he spoke for the group as the plane landed in the Philippines. Admiral Denton's naval career spanned 34 years. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1980 and served until 1987. In 1983, he founded and continues to be involved with the National Forum Foundation. In collaboration with Ed Brandt, Admiral Denton chronicled his experience in the book When Hell was in Session.

Rear Admiral and Senator Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr. (b.1924)
A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he was commissioned in 1946.
While flying an A6 Intruder from the U.S.S. Independence,
he was shot down over North Vietnam on July 18, 1965.
Released in February, 1973 after spending seven years
and seven months as a POW, Jeremiah Denton went on to become a
United States Senator from Alabama.

Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr. was born on July 15, 1924 in Mobile, Alabama. He attended McGill Institute, Spring Hill College, and the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1946.

His 34-year naval career included service on a variety of ships, in many types of aircraft. His principal field of endeavor was naval operations. He also served as a test pilot, flight instructor, and squadron commander. In 1957, he was credited with revolutionizing naval strategy and tactics for nuclear war as architect of the "Haystack Concept", while serving on the staff of Commander, South Fleet, as Fleet Air Defense Officer.

Denton graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College and the senior course at the Naval War College, where his thesis on international affairs received top honors by earning the prestigious President 's Award. In 1964, he received the degree of Master of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University.

In June 1965, he began a combat tour in Vietnam as prospective Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron Seventy-Five. On July 18, 1965, Denton was leading a group of twenty-eight aircraft from the USS lNDEPENDENCE in an attack on enemy installations near Thanh Hoa, when he was shot down and captured by local North Vietnamese troops.

He spent the next seven years and seven months as a prisoner of war, suffering severe mistreatment and becoming the first U.S. military captive to be subjected to four years of solitary confinement.


In 1977, Denton retired from the Navy and returned to Mobile where he soon founded and led the non-profit organization "Coalition for Decency" ( CFD) and served as a consultant to the President of Spring Hill College.

Denton was elected to the United States Senate in November 1980. In so doing, he became the first Republican ever elected by popular vote to the U S. Senate from Alabama, the first resident of Mobile elected to the U.S. Senate, the first retired military flag officer and the first Catholic elected to any statewide office in Alabama, and the first retired Admiral or General elected to the U.S. Senate by any state.

Denton served in the Senate from January 1981 to January 1987. His major committee assignments included: the Judiciary Committee where he chaired the Sub-Committee on Security and Terrorism; the Labor and Human Resources Committee where he was Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Aging, Family, and Human Services; the Armed Services Committee; and the Veterans Affairs Committee. He re-named and re-formed CFD as the National Forum Foundation with goals supporting National Security through Peace through Strength, the concept of One Nation under God, the strength of the institution of the family, and other goals paralleling and developing support for his principle Senate projects.

In 1983, Senator Denton served as an observer of the El Salvadoran election and as a key advisor to President Reagan on the successful effort to stop the Nicaraguan Communist aggression in Central America and to replace the Communist government in Nicaragua with a free government headed by Madame Chamorro.

During his Senate years, the National Forum Foundation was effective in helping change public and congressional opinion to support Reagan and Bush Cold War initiatives, and it helped him sponsor final passage a number of significant bills improving National Security, Anti-Terrorism, the Institution of the Family and Church-State issues.

In 1985, Denton established the highly acclaimed international aid program now known as The Denton Program. Working on a space available basis with the U.S. Military, this program has transported over 50 million pounds of critical equipment and supplies to needy people throughout the world at reduced or no cost to other international humanitarian organizations.

Following his U.S. Senate term, he was appointed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan to be Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Merchant Marine and Defense, which he led throughout its two-year mandate.

In 1998, under the auspices of NFF, Denton established the TRANSFORM Program, which is similar to the Denton Program but uses commercial spare space. This Program has immeasurably greater potential for increased volume of shipping of aid and has been praised throughout the world for its work.

In addition to his leadership of the National Forum Foundation, more recently re=named the Admiral Jeremiah Denton Foundation (AJDF)…. Denton presently lectures on national and international affairs; while serving as a Member of Board of Visitors of St. Thomas Aquinas College, the Advisory Council of Christendom College, the Board of Advisors of St. Augustine Academy and Thomas Aquinas College and as Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Thomas More Law Center. He also has primary responsibility as their Strategy Director. He is a member of the Board of, Inc. and of Judy McCloskey’s Catholic Military Organization.

Senator Denton is married to the former Jane Maury. They have seven children, fourteen grandchildren, and three great granddaughters.

Most Distinguished Honors and Awards
Silver Medal; Pope Paul VI in private audience - 1973
Patriot Award; Knights of Columbus - 1975
Knight of Sovereign Military Order of Malta - 1981
Lifetime Memberships

Knights Of Malta (Proof Positive)
The Knights of Malta is a 900-year-old fellowship modeled after an ancient order of soldier-monks who merrily slaughtered thousands of "infidels." The KoM is dedicated to "inculcating lessons in chivalry and courage, and inspire a militant spirit in opposition to all non-Christian ideologies and powers." The American branch of the KoM counts among its members former CIA directors William Casey and John McCone. McCone is remembered as the architect of the bloody 1973 military coup in Chile. Others include former CIA chief of counterintelligence, James Jesus Angleton; William and James Buckley; Alexander Haig; former treasury secretary William Simon (and his son, Bill Simon), and the rabid critic of John Kerry, former Senator and Admiral Jeremiah Denton, who sponsored a bill allowing US Air Force transports to ship goods for AmeriCares, a privilege accorded no other relief organization.
Other prominent American Knights include:
Former Senator Jeremiah Denton [R-Ala.], who lost his seat in the 1986 election. Denton gained notoriety during his hearings on terrorism when prominent Catholic religious orders were attacked for preaching "violent Marxist revolution."
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