WOUNDED IN ACTION BY A BUTTSTROKE TO THE HEAD – LINED UP FOR
EXECUTION DURING A 150KM MARCH TO THE POW CAMP – CAGED AND
CHAINED FOR 20+ MONTHS – INTERROGATED BY NORTH VIETNAMESE
OFFICIALS, A CUBAN INTERROGATION TEAM - EVEN AN AUSTRALIAN
JOURNALIST – ISAAC CAMACHO NEVER WAVERED IN HIS QUEST TO ESCAPE.
HE FOLLOWED STRICTLY - THE MILITARY CODE OF CONDUCT – ENCOURAGING
OTHER POWs TO JOIN WITH HIM. HAVING LOST 60 POUNDS, DEATHLY SICK WITH MALARIA, BERIBERI, AND HEPATITIS, ISAAC CAMACHO ESCAPED HIS POW CAGE ALONE ON 9 JULY 1965 – EVADING THE NORTH VIETNAMESE SEARCH PATROLS SEEKING TO KILL HIM. ON 13 JULY 1965, HE MADE HIS WAY TO A US ARMY SPECIAL FORCES CAMP FINALLY TO CHERISHED FREEDOM. HE WAS AWARDED A DIRECT COMMISSION BY THE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE US ARMY – AS WELL AS THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS (DSC) IN 1999 BY (THEN) TEXAS GOVERNOR GEORGE W. BUSH. THIS IS THE STORY OF POW ESCAPEE ISAAC CAMACHO – A TRUE AMERICAN HERO.

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Click on the links below for sketches, maps, photos, and documents which correspond with the book. In Chapter 1, hear Isaac Camacho IN HIS OWN WORDS describe being lined up for execution; in Chapter 12, he describes his escape from captivity during a blinding monsoon rainstorm!


This Video shows US Army Special Forces men SFC Isaac Camacho, SFC Kenneth Roraback, SGT George Smith, and SP/5 Claude McClure who were captured on 24 Nov 1963 at Camp Heip Hoa, South Vietnam, being marched to North Vietnamese POW Camp B-20, located in the jungles of Cambodia. 20 months after this video, Isaac Camacho born near El Paso, TX escaped to freedom, and is still (2013) alive and well in El Paso, TX. Read this book about Isaac Camacho, a True American Hero.