Glory denied : the saga of Jim Thompson, America's longest-held prisoner of war
Transcription of Annotations
Notes from front endpapers: "160 interviews, 80 used; oral history; 15 yrs. in making. - 68, July 2001; stroke 1980; heart surgery / chronic back; retired Jan. 29, 1982. - Captured: March 1964; free: March 1973; solitary for 5 years; Officer Fitness Report. - Tape of statement from Radio Hanoi, p. 122. - Alyse - got tape but never heard it. - Army refused to acknowledge the broadcast. - Harold - Alyse was 29 - kicked Jim's parents out (1965). - Chapel in the sky. - June 30, 1965: Alyse moves to Mass. with Harold. - Alyse listens to the July tape 1965 - 3rd listen said it was him - then said she couldn't be positive. - Left for North VN July 21, 1967 - tortured in new camp (p. 146); cage - 4 yrs. - Jan. 1968: Jim signed another propaganda statement. - Move to Key West - cut off children. - Everett Alvarez - [?] - Nov. 1982. - Vietnam Memorial - longest serving POW. - 1988: Reagan medal for POW: Everett Alvarez, p. 398. - Jimmy murders Joe Luna, Nashville jail (p. 407), trial Jan. 1991. - Alyse comes ' Jim is there so is Phillpot. - Thompson wears his full uniform with all medals; judge is Vietnam veteran. - Free Ford - life time pass to baseball games, trip to Disney. - Jan. 23, 1973: was over; Jim's coming home. Alyse tells children. - When he left; Ruth 2, Laura 4, Jim, Jr. just born. Jim could be opinionated and intolerant. - When released: Pam 15, Laura 12, Ruth 11, Jim 9. - 9 Dec. '71: Army informs Alyse her husband a prisoner. - Late '71: things turned sour between Alyse and Harold. - Escape - NV prison, p. 199. - ?/Lew Meyer and Jim Thompson. - Valley Forge - Jimmy, 9, saw him for the first time, Jim was 39. - How did you get Jim's psychiatric file?" - Notes from half title page: "Army deferred to release his name as longest prisoner. - Army POW's didn't get the attention of pilots in North. - March 1973: Valley Forge: Alyse asked children - Will we live with Daddy Jim or Daddy Harold? - He's obsessed with Vietnam. - Drinking for himself and later his son. - Letter, p. 64: From Alyse - Jan. 1964 / letter p. 66. - Khe Sanh - 12 Special Forces teams, VC interpreters. - Geo Malroney: Jim not well educated. - Viet Cong outfought South Vietnamese. - Frank Rose: didn't trust Jim Thompson's judgment, p. 76. - Jim was away for the birth of all of his 4 children, p. 45." - Notes from back endpapers; "Promoted to Colonel. - Jimmy was treated differently by Jim - Harold all the same. - Women's rights were in. - Everything had changed. - Kids had bad feelings about the war. - Blood curdling screams. - Made lots of speeches. - Ego/celebrity got in the way - Sex and money troubles - both had operations. - Homosexual experience / Alyse's relative. - Heaviest drinking in his new dream home. - "Harold would never do that", Laura p. 313. - July (about) 1974: Jim filed for divorce. - Alyse moved to trailer. - Alyse marries John - 10 years younger. - p. 329: Jim marries Lois - annulled his marriage? - Alyse, slut/whore, homosexual. - Pam's tuition for college. - Catie born to Laura. - Lois leaves Jim (he's drinking more and more), takes all furniture. - Suicide attempt. - John shoots up Laura's car, p. 344. - Jan. 1978: Walter Reed, Forest Glen, N and Eight. - Letter to Lois: Where did you get it? - Why did the family agree to talk with you? - Minister even talked." -- Annotations by Brian Lamb in the margins and underlining of pertinent phrases throughout the book.