James S. Hirsch
Two Souls Indivisible: The Friendship That Saved Two POWs in Vietnam
September 23, 2019 Comments.. 136
Two Souls Indivisible: The Friendship That Saved Two POWs in Vietnam James S. Hirsch James Hirsch recounts one of the great friendships of the twentieth century forged in one of the most horrific settings that century produced a North Vietnamese POW camp its inmates called the Zoo One prisoner, Fred Cherry, was a pioneering air force pilot and the first black officer captured by the North Vietnamese The other, a young navy flier named Porter Halyburton,James Hirsch recounts one of the great friendships of the twentieth century forged in one of the most horrific settings that century produced a North Vietnamese POW camp its inmates called the Zoo One prisoner, Fred Cherry, was a pioneering air force pilot and the first black officer captured by the North Vietnamese The other, a young navy flier named Porter Halyburton, was a racist southerner who doubted that a black man could even be a pilot Their captors threw them into the same fetid cell, believing that their antipathy toward each other would break them both But Cherry and Halyburton overcame their initial suspicions and saved each other s lives When Halyburton first saw him, Cherry was a wreck One arm, damaged in his plane crash, hung uselessly at his side He hadn t bathed in weeks, and he could barely walk In his own mind, Cherry was steeling himself for death Halyburton was also weakening, emotionally battered from the interrogations and isolation that his sheltered life had not prepared him for He had to learn how to endure, or he would become one of the incoherent wraiths who haunted the Zoo Halyburton and Cherry became legendary among fellow POWs for the singular friendship that enabled them to overcome prodigious suffering and unspeakable torture Hirsch weaves through this account a surprising, sometimes shocking view of the toll these men s captivity took on their loved ones While Cherry s family was sundered by his absence, Halyburton s bond with his wife, Marty, endured and deepened We see her receive the news of her husband s death, and we share her mingled elation and fear when she later learns that he is in fact alive and imprisoned We also witness her unlikely rise to a leading role in the battle to bring the POWs home Often inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking, Two Souls Indivisible shows how trust and hope can cheat death, and how good people can achieve greatness in hellish circumstances.. Two Souls Indivisible The Friendship That Saved Two POWs in Vietnam James Hirsch recounts one of the great friendships of the twentieth century forged in one of the most horrific settings that century produced a North Vietnamese POW camp its inmates called the Zoo One
  • Title: Two Souls Indivisible: The Friendship That Saved Two POWs in Vietnam
  • Author: James S. Hirsch
  • ISBN: 9780618273485
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Two Souls Indivisible: The Friendship That Saved Two POWs in Vietnam James S. Hirsch

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    1. Emily Peterson says:

      a VERY biased 5 star rating one of the two souls is my dad

    2. Relstuart says:

      A fantastic story Air Force Major Cherry was shot down and imprisoned in Vietnam He suffered a broken wrist, separated shoulder, and an injured leg during ejection but refused to cooperate with the Vietnamese Laying in a bed barely able to move out of it Cherry was in terrible physical condition, unable to even move his left arm at all as his shoulder deteriorated and withered away Ensign Porter Halyburton was a young Navy back seat rec guy shot down The pilot if his aircraft was hit and failed [...]

    3. Shelly says:

      This is the true story of a friendship that became legendary between two fighter pilots in a Northern Vietnamese POW camp which the inmates called the Zoo One prisoner, Fred Cherry, is one of the first black air force fighter pilot officers and the first black officer captured by the Vietnamese The other, Porter Halyburton, is a Navy pilot from the south, who at first couldn t believe that the black man could be a fighter pilot The Vietnamese put them in the same cell, believing that the racial [...]

    4. Tdempsey says:

      Well done military human interest story.I just missed out going to Viet Nam, but I was pretty current on many of the details about our POWs there and their gross maltreatment But I learned a whole lot reading this book.I strongly recommend this book to those of you who have interest in military history, the Viet Nam war, POW issues BUT PARTICULARLY IF YOU WERE BORN AFTER ABOUT 1955 If you are younger than this then you most likely have no idea or concept about what these poor souls went through [...]

    5. Alfred says:

      A wonderful read a timely read A story about the struggles of two cell mate, American POWs, who against all odds struggled to save each other, nurture each other, and protect one another from the harsh realities of life at the Hanoi Hilton An unlikely duo bound together by love of country and shared experiences of suffering A reminder that during the darkest days of war, political, social, and racial strife, the human spirit endures in the most unlikely places.

    6. Numidica says:

      I grew up in an Air Force community, and I knew some POW s, so I knew in general terms what they went through This book was somewhat interesting in detailing the POW experience in Vietnam, but the writing is just ordinary that said, it is an easy read The book had additional interest for me because my family has a connection to Davidson College, and Porter Halyburton is a Davidson grad I think Fred Cherry s story is inspiring, and should be better known.

    7. Amy Bradford says:

      Its a bit fractured but overall very good The ending is quite moving and I learned a lot You can t ask for from a non fiction book.

    8. Julie says:

      Such a powerful story, and an eye opening account of POW life during Vietnam.

    9. Evan Nishi says:

      This was a very exiting book with a very in depth and a very touching storyline It was inspiring to know that even racism could not divide people during a war, and how much POWs prisoners of war suffered for this country Also it showed that resistance could be achieved under any circumstances It was very interesting all the way thought the book Some of the book is not kid friendly, and would recommend it for people ages 13 and over.

    10. Jaspreet says:

      I read Two Souls Indivisible by James Hirsch for a book club meeting at my local library When I was reading the book, I thought the discussion would be interesting since many of the members lived through the Vietnam war I thought the book was an interesting story of friendship and connection between two men It reminded me that something wonderful can bloom in the worst circumstances.In anticipation of our discussion, I was curious if comparisons would be made between the Vietnam war and the curr [...]

    11. Pat Mccroch says:

      How do two completely opposite people survive in a small cell in a POW camp in Vietnam In the book Two Souls Indivisible James S Hirsch tells the amazing story about two POWs in a camp called the Zoo The two main characters are Fred Cherry, an African American Air Force pilot who was physically damaged in his plane crash, and Porter Halyburton, a young navy flier who is a racist Southerner The two men are put together in the cell because the North Vietnamese thought the two men would break each [...]

    12. Shonna Froebel says:

      I ve had this one beside my bed and have been reading it slowly over the last couple of months This is the story of two men in the U.S armed forces that were POWs in Vietnam Fred Cherry was an air force pilot and was injured when his plane came down He was the first black officer to be captured Porter Halyburton was a navigator for the navy s planes, and was younger, white and from the south The Vietnamese put them together hoping that racial tensions would break the men Instead, Halyburton nurs [...]

    13. Jim says:

      A pretty good account of POW captivity in North Vietnam, focusing primarily on the period when the injured African American Air Force pilot Fred Cherry and white southern Navy airman Porter Halyburton shared a cell It is really a story about perseverance courage solidarity resistance standing by your code, training, and beliefs flexibility ability to adapt and grow and to help your fellow under difficult conditions, as well as the development of a friendship few at that period in our experience [...]

    14. Sep says:

      The story of Fred Cherry and Porter Halyburton who met in a Vietnamese POW cell and became friends The Vietnamese guards knew that America was in the middle of a race crisis, and that, as a southerner, Halyburton was than likely racist Cherry was in horrible shape Injured when his plane crashed, he had been tortured, starved and was physically near death when he met Halyburton Halyburton was in better shape physically but was close to breaking after being almost completely isolated since his ca [...]

    15. Diane Cox says:

      the values of a generationAre reflected in the conduct of the men in this book, not just the two main characters but all those who resisted and survived and whose honor was of the highest value to them Perhaps the first cracks in the moral fiber of our country came from the people who did not understand their sacrifice and were blind to the concepts of freedom that gave them the right to criticize Today this degree of patriotism seems to have all but disappeared except among older citizens and t [...]

    16. Hannah says:

      This is such a good true story of two POWs during the Vietnam War both Americans, but one black, one white, and from very different backrounds It tells of their friendship that developed in a prison cell in Vietnam, their treatment by the Vietnamese, their lives, and finally their release and their new lives afterwards Some inapropiate mostly sexual references I would recommend age 17 18 Also bad language

    17. Ralph says:

      I originally bought this book for a friend while he was on a six month deployment After talking with him about the book I bought a copy as well.It is a true story of two entirely different people from totally separate worlds.I really enjoyed the fact that this wasn t just another book about black and white It was told from both sides by two people who are truly color blind after meetin one another A must read for anyone.

    18. Miho says:

      This was the book used at the English class at Harvard Extension One theme of this book is a genuine bond beyond races Two soldiers who combated the North Vietnamese were captured in the same cell The white soldier voluntarily took care of the injured African American air force officer, and they grew intense friendship I learned important aspects of American history through this book racism and war.

    19. Steve says:

      What a great book The ordeals these guys and all the POW s had to deal with was overwhelming The NVA actually thought they could start racial problems between to POW s is amazing to me, although I suppose there could have been problems You owe it to yourself to read the stories of these and other heroes Just amazing and inspirational.

    20. Kim says:

      It was extremely interesting to read about the POW experience, especially one endured by a Davidson student and resident And it was also pretty interesting to find McCain, Stockdale and others popping up now and then And it certainly reminds me to look at Gitmo with a great deal of skepticism However, I suspect there are far eloquent and compelling POW books out there.

    21. Cara says:

      A personal and empowering story of two Southerners and Vietnam POWs, a black man and a white man, who were purposely kept in the same cell by prison guards The book gives plenty of background on their life before they met, which helps the reader to understand the cultural context behind their first meeting and their time together.

    22. Preston says:

      I can see why this novel is in the suggested reading for Naval Officers, it covers a lot of important themes such as humanity and the integration of African Americans and Caucasians in the Military It is a good read, it really makes me appreciate the value of the Code of Conduct.

    23. Gina says:

      Great story of an unlikely friendship and survival.

    24. C says:

      A story about race but, importantly, about friendship and survival A side of the Vietnam war too many people forget about.

    25. Joanne Nebel says:

      Incrdible story about two Vietnam POWsLook up the video on line of these two soldiers after you read the book

    26. Kenneth Flusche says:

      Excellent biography of two American Heroes

    27. Megan says:

      I ve been trying to learn about the Vietnam war and my uncle and my mom read this and enjoyed it i enjoyed it too Interesting insight

    28. Alan says:

      Not a great read One of my friends was a prisoner in Vietnam, and I wanted to get some sense of how it was The hook here is one of the two is black, the other white.

    29. Sara says:

      I really enjoyed the story but didn t like the writing style as much the narrative jumped around in time which made it hard to follow at times.

    30. Missy says:

      A great story on many levels race, POWs, faith, belief, and friendship.

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