Myth: American POWs and other prisoners of the communists were treated humanely by their North Vietnamese captors
Fact: American POWs and others were routinely tortured and denied their rights under the Geneva Convention
- Almost 15% of American POWs died while in captivity.
- POWs were routinely tortured, shortly after capture, in an effort to extract information from them.
- POWs were tortured when they attempted to resist, for efforts to pray or hold church services and simply for attempting to communicate with other prisoners.
- Torture included beatings, breaking limbs, rope torture and bamboo torture.