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Jeremiah Denton
United States Senator
from Alabama
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1987
Preceded by Donald Stewart
Succeeded by Richard Shelby
Personal details
Born July 15, 1924(1924-07-15)
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
Died March 28, 2014(2014-03-28) (aged 89)
Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Katherine Jane Maury (1946–2007, her death)
Alma mater Spring Hill College
United States Naval Academy
National Defense University
Naval War College
George Washington University
Religion Roman Catholic
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Rear Admiral
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Navy Cross
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (3)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal (V)
Air Medal
Navy Commendation Medal (V)
Purple Heart
Combat Action Ribbon
Prisoner of War Medal

Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr. (July 15, 1924 – March 28, 2014) was a United States Rear Admiral and a United States Senator. He spent almost eight years as a Prisoner of War (PoW) in North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He later wrote a book which became a movie about those experiences. He was born in Mobile, Alabama.

Denton died from complications of a heart ailment on March 28, 2014 at a hospice in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was 81 years old.[1]


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