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Hoa Loa Prison (known as Hanoi Hilton) was a French prison that was used by the North Vietnamese government to hold American prisoners during the Vietnam War. Reports from prisoners say Vietnamese jailers used torture, starvation, and murder to subdue them. Notable figures that spent time there: US Senator John McCain, US VP candidate James Stockdale and decorated USAF pilot Bud Day. Today, this prison serves as a hotel under the name Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel.

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American Marines aid wounded comrades during Operation Prairie near the DMZ during the Vietnam War, October 1966.

Mar 1968, Khe Sanh, South Vietnam - U.S. Marine, seated listening to his radio equipment during a lull in the shelling of the base. - © Bettmann/CORBIS ~ Vietnam War

U.S. paratrooper Sgt. James R. Cone of Clarksville, Tenn., holds a puppy that nipped him as he groped about in a cave entrance on a river bank in Lam Dong Province, July 24, 1966. Troops of the 173rd Airborne Brigade were searching for Viet Cong guerrillas dug into the caves, but the men had fled, leaving only women and children, and one dog. At left is Pfc. George R. Rosen of Whitehall, Mont. / Credit: AP Photo/Henri Huet

8 creepiest places in U.S. national parks

Bloody Lane, Antietam National Battlefield This Maryland park was home to the bloodiest one-day battle in American history. On Sept. 17, 186...