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Ernie Brace dies at 83; civilian pilot held 7 years by N. Vietnamese
Ernie Brace dies at 83; civilian pilot held 7 years by N. Vietnamese

Pilot Ernie Brace, who was a prisoner in Laos and North Vietnam for seven years — longer than any other American civilian during the Vietnam War — was held mostly in solitary confinement, sometimes in stocks or chains. But in a prison near Hanoi, he and a U.S. Navy pilot in the next cell were able to communicate by tapping on the wall and pressing tin cups against it to talk. For more than a year, the two men bolstered each others' spirits, shared stories and even acted out favorite movie scenes to provide each other company. During all this time, they never saw each other. Years passed before Brace got to meet, face-to-face, the man in the next cell. It was John McCain....

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