In this episode we talk to Paul about the work his wife Phyllis did with the National League of POW/MIA Families including her trips to Paris France to meet with the French communist journalist that met with Paul in Hanoi and her trip to Sweden all while working to help free her husband. After the bombing of Hanoi intensified Paul describes his move to a new prison camp called "Dog Patch" located further North, not far from the Chinese border. We also discuss theories on why the Vietnamese would move so many of the POWS to a location so close to the Chinese border.
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In this episode we discuss the day Paul made contact with Richard Stratton in the Hoa Lo Prison, the East German propaganda movie Pilots In Pajamas, and the photo of Paul that Life Magazine purchased from the East Germans which they later used as their October 1967 cover after deceptively altering that photo.
At the very end of this episode you will also get to hear one of my favorite Paul Galanti flying stories which took place many years later, after he returned from Vietnam.
*Here's the link which shows the Life Magazine cover using the altered photo along with two original photos which shows what Paul was really doing during the East German photo shoot:*
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Commander Paul Galanti USN Ret. is our guest for another excellent discussion about the events that took place soon after he arrived at the Hoa Lo Prison in 1966. This episode includes a discussion of the Hanoi POW March that took place July 6, 1966.
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*This is the first of many conversations with Commander Paul E. Galanti U.S. Navy Ret.*
In this episode we discuss how he ended up going to the Naval Academy, selecting Naval aviation as his service selection, and his eventual assignment to VA-216 for deployment onboard USS Hancock.
During this episode we also discuss his 97th combat mission when he was shot down and the 12 days it took the Vietnamese to transport him to the Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi.
Veteran Tribute link which includes a short bio on Paul:
The story of Jerome Rand's 271 day 2017/18 solo, non-stop, unassisted circumnavigation.
Youtube Intro Video:
It was March 1973. The Yankee Air Pirate had just been released from the Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi after more than 6 years. He was now at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines and was on his way home to California!
After returning from North Vietnam in March 1973 The Yankee Air Pirate spent many more years on active duty in the Navy. His last tour of duty before he retired in 1986 was running The Naval Academy Prep School in Newport RI. This was a very special duty assignment and was one of my favorites. I am fortunate to have served under his command and graduated as part of *THE GREAT NAPS CLASS OF 1983.* We had the opportunity to serve and work with some of the very best leaders our country has. My classmate and dear friend Craig Perri stopped by to spend some time with The Yankee Air Pirate on the 47th anniversary of FREEDOM DAY! We got the chance to talk about some of the terrific people from NAPS83 that had a positive impact on the rest of our lives. *Thanks for making the trip Craig.*
This episode is all about the days and weeks leading up to the day of release after more than 6 years in the Hoa Lo Prison for our Yankee Air Pirate. March 4, 1973... FREEDOM DAY!
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In this episode we discuss the very primitive level of healthcare that was given to our POWs during their captivity during the Vietnam War. Even very simple issues for us here in the United States sometimes became a major problem there. At times these simple problems even became life threatening.
This episode discusses some of the daily routines of living as a POW in Camp Unity within the Hoa Lo Prison in late 1970 into 1971.
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To record this episode we flew to my fathers hometown of Quincy MA. for the dedication ceremony of Captain Richard A. Stratton Way! We were honored that Mayor Tom Koch took time to sit down with us to talk about the history of Quincy and do this podcast with us. Quincy is a special place and has a rich history of service to our nation. The Stratton family greatly appreciates all the kind thoughts, words, and actions this incredible and patriotic city shows to my father and all veterans.
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This episode of the Yankee Air Pirate podcast includes background of how the The 4th Allied POW Wing came to be formed in the Fall of 1970 at the Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi Vietnam. The conversations include the death of Ho Chi-Minh, the Son Tay Raid, and the never to be forgotten work of Ross Perot who was an American Patriot! We hope you enjoy this episode.
Be sure to watch the YouTube video after you listen to the podcast. The video includes part of the podcast recording we did for this episode plus many important pictures of the places, people, and things discussed in this episode.
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In this episode we discuss the propaganda war that the North Vietnamese communists were waging against the United States in the late 1960's. Our American POW's were used as pawns by the Vietnamese but most Yankee Air Pirates hung tough!
This episode includes the story of the East German film crew propaganda incident and my fathers first meeting with Doug Hegdahl.
After you listen to this episode be sure to watch the YouTube video below. It's another great way to learn about the Doug Hegdahl story.
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In this episode we discuss the training and work-up period before the Yankee Air Pirate left for his deployment to Vietnam in late 1966. You will also get to listen to me ask my father some fun questions... The Yankee Air Pirate has a GREAT sense of humor.
LETS HAVE SOME FUN!
We hope you enjoy this episode of the Yankee Air Pirate!
For a behind the Mic look at my father and I recording part of this podcast *click on the YouTube video trailer below* (Includes some pictures of the planes and ships we discuss):
This episode includes the move from Hoa Lo Prison to The Zoo, the bowing incident, and the Life Magazine cover from April 1967.
First communication with an American as a POW - Paul Galanti
The first days in the Hoe Lo Prison 1967 - Tales of Southeast Asia
Shot down over North Vietnam - January 5th, 1967 - Tales of SE Asia
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Veteran Tribute which includes a short Biography on Richard A. Stratton: