Taps on the Walls: Poems From the Hanoi Hilton with John Borling, Major General, USAF, Ret.
Date: Mon. November 18, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
6423 W. 63rd Place
About this event:
How did a prisoner of war survive six years and eight months of soul-crushing imprisonment in the Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War? Then-Captain John Borling 'wrote' and memorized poems to keep his mind sharp and spirits up. He shared those creations with fellow captives by their only means of communication—the forbidden POW tap code. Rapping on the cell walls with his knuckles, he tapped poems, certainly of pain and despair, but also of humor, encouragement, and hope, to keep everyone’s strength and spirits alive.
A native Chicagoan and Air Force Academy graduate, John Borling was an F-15 Eagle fighter pilot and commander of the famed “Hat in the Ring” squadron. His first book of poetry, Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton, was published by Master Wings Publishing in 2013.