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Naval aviator Jeremiah Denton was shot down and captured in North Vietnam in 1965. As a POW, Jerry Denton led a group of fellow American prisoners in withstanding gruesome conditions behind enemy lines. They developed a system of secret codes and covert communications to keep up their spirits. Later, he would endure torture and long periods of solitary confinement. Always, Jerry told his fellow POWs that they would one day return home together.

Although Jerry spent seven and a half years as a POW, he did finally return home in 1973 after the longest and harshest deployment in US history.

Denton's story is an extraordinary narrative of human resilience and endurance. Townley grapples with themes of perseverance, leadership, and duty while also deftly portraying the deeply complicated realities of the Vietnam War in this gripping narrative project for YA readers.



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Alvin Townley

Alvin Townley has spent six years traveling throughout the country and around the world, capturing stories of leadership, service, and inspiration. He has met with extraordinary individuals from all walks of life who are serving their country, pursuing adventures with a higher purpose, and making a difference in our world.

His pursuit of these stories has taken him to the infamous Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam with a former POW, into South Sudan and Africa with Peace Corps volunteers, to America's inner cities with Teach for America corps members, to surfing and diving adventures in Australia, and to aircraft carriers in three different oceans, including the Arabian Sea combat zone.

Alvin has discussed life and leadership with leaders like Michael Bloomberg, Ross Perot, Cabinet Secretaries Robert Gates and Hank Paulson, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, J.W. Marriott, Jr., Bill Gates, Sr., and Jim Lovell of Apollo 13. He has also spent time with Navy SEALs, Olympic athletes, emerging entrepreneurs, missionaries, values-driven professional athletes, and others who share his passion for service and adventure.

Alvin Townley's writing brings alive moving personal stories that inspire America.


Defiant (2014) reveals the story of the eleven POWs who endured Vietnam's most infamous prison, the women who fought for them, and the one who never returned. Best-selling author Stephen Coonts noted, "Alvin Townley's story of the courage, valor, and honor of eleven indomitable POWs and their wives is a new American classic that will be read as long as breezes kiss Old Glory. As I read it I wept."

Fly Navy (2011) explores the values and people - officers and enlisted, past and present - behind the century-old enterprise of naval aviation. Vice Admiral Tom Kilcline, Commander, Naval Air Forces 2007-2010, commented, "FLY NAVY crystalizes the imagination of flight into true inspiration."

Spirit of Adventure (2009) introduces America to a new generation of leaders - young Eagle Scouts who are leading lives of purpose and adventure. NFL MVP Peyton Manning commented, "Alvin Townley showcases the spirit of our young generation...Spirit of Adventure tells a compelling story about America's future."

Legacy of Honor (2007) , his first book, explores how Scouting has influenced American life. President Jimmy Carter commented, "These Eagle Scouts will inspire readers to become leaders in serving others." Defense Secretary Robert Gates called the book "inspirational."

Learn more at www.AlvinTownley.com.



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