Wanat 2/15/1973

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free growth." decrepit for the "Ironside" epi- what prompted the search. Freed POW develops hatred for his captors and D- way Mayor fact the WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) -A freed prisoner of war returns to the United States today after what his father describes as m o n t h s of imprisonment chained m a snake- and anl-in- fested bamboo cage. Army Capt. George K. Wanat Jr., 27, was chained alone in the cage for five of his 10 months in Viet Cong hands, George K. Wanat Sr. of Waterford said Wednesday after talking to his son by telephone. His other five months were shared with another American, the father said. The elder Wanat said in an interview that his son passed time with prayer and "intense study" of the ants in his cage. "He told me he was an expert en ants now," Wanat said. Wanat said his son was m good spirits and sounded "very much like the rnan who left two years' ago" except for a deep hatred toward his captors. "I'd kill -those bsstards if I ever saw them again," Wanat quoted his son as saying. "He told me they (the Vset Cong) spent about three months trying to break him down," Wanat said. "One of his punishments was being deprived of mosquito netting. He ended up with a bad case of malaria, but they wouldn't treat mm right away. About the time he thought he would die, they finally gave him something." Wanat eluded the enemy 33 days after an ambush cut him off from the South Vietnamese unit he was advising- lie lost his; weapon in the ambush and cou'd only run to avoid capture, his father said, "The Viet Cong fed Wanat water and one bowl a day of and pork fat, but on one occasion there was a loaf of the father said. "I asked him if he rationed it, or what, and he told mz lasted maybe 15 seconds," elder Wanat said. Young Wanat's body is reportedly so distended from malnutrition that he cannot wear street clothes, the famer said.

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  1. The Daily Tribune,
  2. 15 Feb 1973, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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