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KINGPIN

27 MINUTES AT SON TAY

“We are going to rescue 70 American prisoners of war, maybe more, from a camp called Son Tay. This is something American prisoners have a right to expect from their fellow soldiers. The target is 23 miles west of Hanoi. “

-Colonel Arthur “Bull” Simons”

PRODUCERS

JOHN “STAN” STANFIELD 

EHREN PARKS

DANIEL SMITH

Help us tell the story of the courageous men who risked life and limb to rescue their brothers. Men who volunteered without hesitation, carrying on the legacy of so many who went before them. When you donate to our project, funds go directly to capturing the stories of the still living raiders, preserving the events as they remember them. (All donations are tax-deductible).

READ THE DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT  

LETTER FROM A VETERAN (from associate producer Molly Huggins)

 

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“We had no problems going in. Coming out was a different story.”

Operation Kingpin lasted for just 27 heart-stopping minutes. 61 American prisoners of war were being held at the Son Tay Prison Camp just outside of Hanoi. For months, U.S. Special Forces gathered intelligence, made plans for rescuing the prisoners and trained meticulously for every contingency.

On November 21, 1970,  U.S. Special Forces soldiers and airmen executed a swift and stunning raid of the Son Tay prison camp with zero American casualties, while three Navy carriers executed the largest night carrier operation of the entire conflict to suppress the enemy air defenses.  Not a single prisoner was found. Despite this, the raid stands as one of the most significant operations in modern military history.

Kingpin: 27 Minutes at Son Tay is the true story of the Raiders the way the Raiders want it told; a thoughtful, compelling first-person account of the planning and execution of a never before attempted rescue mission into the heart of enemy territory.

To a man, every soldier knew that to be caught meant certain death. And yet, still they went.