As the longest Civilian POW in Vietnam history, Ernie Brace likely endured more than any other POW during the war. Held for almost eight years — from May 1965 to March 1973 — he faced capture, starvation, sickness, torture, solitude, desperation and more. Call him resilient and impressive. A survivor and true American hero. So says Sen. John McCain, who became lifelong friends with him during his own five-year internment in Vietnam.
Watch: Senator John McCain shares his dramatic story of being captured by the North Vietnamese:
Brace’s harrowing firsthand account of captivity kicks off the ninth season of National Geographic Channel’s critically acclaimed international hit series Locked Up Abroad tonight at 9P. Details of Brace’s time as a POW include being marched more than 100 miles through harsh jungles, chained in a bamboo cage 24/7, attempting several futile escapes with subsequent beatings and being buried alive up to his neck.
Watch: Ernie Brace was a Vietnam POW for over seven years… this is how it all began: