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Maj. Gen. John Borling kept his mind sharp and his spirits up during years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam by “writing,” memorizing and tapping out poems he shared with other POWs.

Ex-POW shares story of forbidden tap code

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By Ruth Nerhaugen, contributor

Maj. Gen. John Borling, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for over 6 ½ years, will share his story — and the method he used to stay sane and sharp — at 7 p.m. May 20 at the Sheldon Theatre. The event is free and open to everyone.


The retired U.S. Air Force officer will read from his book, “Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton,” and talk about his experiences as a POW.

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