American POWs in Korea: Sixteen Personal Accounts
McFarland, Oct 1, 1998 - History - 189 pages
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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Staff Sergeant Thomas B Gaylets
Sergeant Walter G Adelmann
Captain Henry Humphries Osborne
Sergeant Eugene L Inman
Sergeant Donald L Slagle
Private First Class Abel Garcia
Corporal Buford J McNamera
Sergeant Wilfred Ruff
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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 - 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,