The Secret Warriors
The UK Times tells the story of two CIA agents secretly held in a Chinese prison for 20 years. "Not until their release would they learn, with astonishment, that a man had walked on the Moon." Jack Downey and Richard Fecteau received a muted welcome from the country they had served so well. But in that era, at the end of the Vietnam War, there were no bands for any one. The Times writes:
With the recent Iranian hostage drama, the story has remarkable contemporary resonance, but with one signal difference. The British soldiers were held in Iran for 13 days, and some made a small fortune by selling their stories after their release. Downey and Fecteau — both of whom are still living —never told their story to the media, and never made a penny out of it. ...
Even today, the two former captives are reticent. Contacted in his Massachusetts home, Fecteau, 80 this year, is polite but firm: “I am an old man now. I would rather not talk about that time.” Downey and Fecteau both retired from the CIA within a few years of their release. Fecteau became sports director at Boston University, his alma mater. Downey’s second life was, in some ways, as extraordinary as his first: he attended Harvard Law School, married a Chinese woman born in Manchuria near where he had been shot down, and finally became a distinguished judge in Connecticut, specialising in juvenile cases.
It's a strange age that can forget Jack Downey and Richard Fecteau and yet devote unprecedented coverage to Cho Seung-Hui. But for both the memories are enough, as are the list of those who remember.
We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone,
But left him alone with his glory.