Tortured with razor-sharp bamboo and fed alive to ants. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler, the longest-held U. prisoner to escape during the Vietnam War, weighed 98 pounds at his return in He had been held captive in Laos for six months.
Dieter Dengler May February was a German-born US Navy pilot on the USS Ranger who, during the Vietnam War, became a POW after taking part in a bombing sortie. He made one of the most incredible escapes of the Vietnam War.
Rescue Dawn Dieter Dengler is a German-American fighter pilot whose reconnaissance plane was shot down in Captured by the enemy and held in a Laotian torture camp, Dengler defied death by organizing one of the most daring escapes in the Vietnam conflict.