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While many tried, only three Alcatraz prisoners escaped and were never caught, fueling speculation that they successfully made it off the Rock. The men involved in the June 1962 escape are, from left, in their younger and older years, Frank Lee Morris (1926-1962), Clarence Anglin (1931-1962) John Anglin (1930-1962). They dug through cell walls, climbed a ventilation shaft and set sail on San Francisco Bay in a homemade raft. They were never seen again.

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E Company paratroopers in the square at St. Marie-du-Mont. (Front, L-R) Forrest Guth, Frank Mellet, David Morris, Daniel West, Floyd Talbert and CT Smith pose with infantrymen from the Army’s 4th Division. Photo by Walter “Smokey” Gordon, June 7 1944.

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from Mail Online

Inmates who escaped from Alcatraz in 1962 DID survive, claim relatives

Alcatraz officials and the FBI insisted that the men drowned, with the investigation closed in 1979. They say no one has ever successfully fled from the jail. Pictured, an official in Morris' cell in 1962)

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