Just a reminder of what the human mind and spirit are capable of.
Seaman Doug Hegdahl was blown overboard from a U.S. Navy cruiser in the Tonkin Gulf in 1967. He was picked up from the water and sent to the infamous Hanoi Hilton. He used his youth, country accent, and bumpkin demeanor to convince the North Vietnamese that he was an idiot instead of a spy or commando. They so despaired of teaching him to read and write (which he lied and averred he could not do) to aid in their using him in their propaganda attempts that they called him “The Incredibly Stupid One.”
As a consequence, he was given pretty much free run of the camp. He used this access to learn the names, capture dates, methods of capture, and personal information on 256 POWs in the camp. He did this by memorizing the information to the tune of “Old MacDonald Had A Farm.” He also convinced his captors that he needed glasses, and memorized the route from the camp to Hanoi, where he was taken for fitting. In 1969, he was ordered by the senior U.S. commander in the camp to accept early release by the North Vietnamese (in a PR move) in order to convey the intelligence concerning the POWs back to the U.S. government.
He is still able to repeat this information to this day.
Oh, yeah, he managed to disabled 5 enemy trucks while a captive by surreptitiously putting dirt in their gas tanks.
Badass. He certainly rates a significantly high milli-Bronson number.
In a just world, movies would be made about heroes like Doug Hegdahl, not about murdering swine like Che Guevara.