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ADDITIONAL NOTES: completed airing its seventh season on 6/12/13; has yet to be renewed for an eighth season
DESCRIPTION: (from National Geographic Channel's press release, March 2013) As the longest 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. 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 on Wednesday, April 17, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Details of his 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.