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John A. Dramesi

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According to the POW Network, “Colonel John A. Dramesi received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Rutgers University and the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Puget Sound Entering the service in 1956  he now holds the highest flying rating with the Air Force and the highest parachute rating with the Army. Flying tactical fighter bombers from Korat Air  Force Base he was shot down on April 2 1967 and captured by  the communists Eight days later he escaped only to be recaptured on April 11th He made an almost miraculous escape on May 10, 1967 and was recaptured one day later. For refusing to make propaganda statements and for his escapes he was put through extreme torture sessions.  He was released on March 4, 1973.


After his release, John Dramesi went on to become the chief war planner for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and later commanded a Strategic Air Command F-111 wing.” Colonel John A. Dramesi is the author of Code of Honor.

According to a reader of Code of Honor, “This is a well-written story of Col. Dramesi's two attempts to escape from a North Vietnamese POW camp, detailing the planning and execution. No other book I've read puts a person inside the mind of a POW as effectively. Col. Dramesi was my reporting official (supervisor's supervisor) at Plattsburgh AFB, NY, and his quiet manner belied the two Air Force Crosses represented in his ribbons, which he earned for these escape attempts. A very interesting man, and a fascinating book.”

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