American POWs in Korea: Sixteen Personal Accounts

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Harry Spiller
McFarland, Oct 1, 1998 - History - 189 pages
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Over 7,000 Americans were captured during the three years of the Korean War. They wound up in 20 camps throughout North Korea with nearly 40 percent of them dying there. Some were murdered or starved, others died from poor medical treatment or from the severe cold. Despite brutal conditions, most of the POWs survived the isolation, cold, hunger and disease. Here are 16 personal accounts of men who fought the North Koreans and the Chinese and then faced life as a POW. They talk about the psychological effects, the living conditions, the medical situation, the day to day details, and liberation. These compelling stories paint a full picture of life as a prisoner of war in Korea.
 

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Contents

Staff Sergeant Thomas B Gaylets
18
Sergeant Walter G Adelmann
31
Captain Henry Humphries Osborne
67
Sergeant Eugene L Inman
83
Sergeant Donald L Slagle
101
Private First Class Abel Garcia
117
Corporal Buford J McNamera
135
Sergeant Wilfred Ruff
150
Temporary Prison Camps
163
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Page 176 - I I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense. H I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command I will never surrender my men while they still have the means to resist.
Page 177 - VI I will never forget that I am an American fighting man, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.
Page 177 - the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way. V When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am bound to give only my name, rank,
Page 176 - I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command I will never surrender my men while they still have the means to resist.

About the author (1998)

Harry Spiller served two tours in Vietnam with the Marine Corps. A retired professor of criminal justice and former sheriff of Williamson County, Illinois, he lives in West Frankfort, Illinois.

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