In My Head: From Pilot to Prison Camps
When American troops were ordered back to the US in 1973, the South Vietnamese bravely fought two more years against the North Vietcong, only to lose the war after running out of supplies in 1975. The North Vietcong immediately captured the South Vietnamese military and condemned them to communist prison camps. The higher in rank, the longer they stayed to live a life of starvation, sickness, and death.
“In My Head” tells how one man, Thanh Chau, a Major in the Air Force, endured 10 years in prison camps. Over the years, Thanh would move 14 times to various camps (including the jungles of North Vietnam) and be given a change of clothing only four times. Though he would help build huts and plant vegetable gardens, he would not be allowed to eat more than meager rations.
He would also see firsthand the horrific deaths of prisoners at the hands of the Vietcong.
Since prisoners were not allowed to talk to each other, Thanh would be forced to keep his thoughts to himself throughout those years. Now, this book allows him the chance to reveal what was in his head throughout the toughest time of his life.