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Inspiring True Romance Stories from Vietnam POWs

By Col. Lee Ellis (retired Air Force pilot)

Captured by Love shares the inspiring romance and love stories of POWs who returned from the Vietnam War after five, six, seven and even eight years of incarceration and mistreatment in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison system. Can you imagine many long years isolated from your country, your family, and especially your wife? Imagine being locked up in cells with male combat veterans for 2,000 or more days. Those hardships are what make these successful romance stories so special. But they have never been told.

Upon our return home, we stayed somewhat connected through military assignments but mostly through hanging out at our NamPOW reunions. It was during those events that I heard more and more of the guys telling stories about how they met their wives, and how great their marriages were.  Many of these stories were so amazing that even Hollywood screenwriters could not dream up or dare make up such incredible examples of romance, love, and marriage success! How ironic that the POWs physical and mental suffering and years of separation actually helped them create great romance and lasting love.

You’ll be swept up into some extraordinary tales such as:

  • Carole boldly gave her husband’s POW-MIA bracelet to John Wayne—he wore it for years!
  • Pan Am stewardess Suzy wore a bracelet for POW Bill Bailey, whom she did not know. But she prayed for him daily, and miraculously met and married him when he came home.
  • After eight years in prison, one POW said to his wife in his first phone call upon his release, “Hi Jane. It’s Tarzan.” You will laugh and cry when you learn why.

Praise for captured by love

Amazon Bestseller in Military Families and Survival Biographies & Memoirs

“Impressive examples of resilience and an important record of sacrifice, survival, and the redemptive power of love.” – Kirkus Reviews

“There are well over 1,000 books about the Vietnam War, but this is the only one that gathers the inspirational and sometimes heartbreaking love stories of 20 former POWs. ” – LeAnn Thieman, Nurse, Author, and Speaker Hall of Fame Inductee; Founder & President of SelfCare for Healthcare, and author of This Must Be My Brother

“Seldom have I read a book that moved me so deeply on every level. If ever there was a perfect time for a book like this to be published, it is now. ” – Laurie Beth Jones, Author of Jesus CEO and The Path

“…a beautiful book highlighting the incredible sacrifices people make when they fall in love. Love is not bound by distance or time and is universal. The stories in this book serve to inspire everyone to find true, lasting love.” – Ralph de la Vega, Chairman of the De La Vega Group, former Vice-Chairman of AT&T, Inc., and author of Obstacles Welcome

“Captured by Love is a must-read for anyone and everyone who wants to believe that love can indeed conquer all.” – Col Merline Lovelace USAF (Ret), Award-Winning Author of more than 100 novels, Oklahoma’s Writer of the Year, and Female Veteran of the Year


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Resources Mentioned in the Book

The Honor Code


The Honor Code was created as a response to those individuals and leaders seeking to live with character, courage, and commitment in daily life.

The Courage Challenge Card


When you’re in a stressful leadership situation, this small yet invaluable tool will help you avoid dominating or withdrawing and choose to engage as a courageous leader.


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