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Then Capt. Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr., from Virginia Beach, Virginia, arrives from Hanoi to Clark Air Force Base, Philippines in February 1973. U.S. Naval Institute Photo

The former U.S. Senator from Alabama, Navy admiral and Vietnam prisoner of war who blinked T-O-R-T-U-R-E in Morse Code to alert the world of abuse by his North Vietnamese captors, died on Friday.

Rear Adm. Jeremiah Andrew Denton Jr., USN (Ret.) died in a Virginia Beach, Va. hospice due to complications from a heart ailment, according to local press reports.

He was 89.

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Former Vietnam POW and U.S. Senator Jeremiah Denton Dies at 89 | USNI News (external - login to view)

Denton Jr Blinking Morse Code 39T-O-R-T-U-R-E39 - YouTube