Hunbert "Rocky" Versace

Captain, US Army, Ranger,
Detachment A-23
5th Special Forces Group
Intelligence Advisor, MAAG at Camau
July 2, 1937- September 26, 1965

Remarkable Faith, Patriotism, and Courage in the Face of his Captors

Almighty God, whose servant Hunbert Roque Versace was martyred for his faith and service to his country as a Christian patriot and prisioner; Embolden us that we might witness the true faith amongst our adversaries, and thus bring the Gospel to their hearing and your elect to knowledge of the truth and a fruitful faith, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen

West Point Memorial Page

A Sprit-Filled Life Cut Short

"Army Captain Humbert Roque 'Rocky' Versace wanted to become a priest and work with Vietnamese orphans. He'd been accepted into a seminary, but his dream was not to be fulfilled.
Two weeks before he was due to return home, Versace, 27, was captured on October 29, 1963, by Viet Cong guerrillas who spent the next two years torturing and trying to brainwash him. In return, he mounted four escape attempts, ridiculed his interrogators, swore at them in three languages and confounded them as best he could, according to two U.S. soldiers captured with him.
The witnesses said the unbroken Versace sang "God Bless America" at the top of his lungs the night before he was executed on September 26, 1965. His remains have never been recovered....
On July 8, 2002, in a ceremony in the White House East Room, Versace was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President George W. Bush for his heroism, the first time an Army POW had been awarded the nation's highest honor for actions in captivity..."