By Brian D. McKnight
At middle of the night on January 24, 1954, the final step used to be taken within the armistice to finish the warfare in Korea. That evening, the impartial Indian guards who had overseen the prisoner of conflict repatriation strategy deserted their posts, leaving their fees to make their very own judgements. the majority of males allowed to settle on a brand new country have been chinese language and North Koreans who elected the trail of freedom. there have been smaller teams hoping that the communist bloc may supply them a greater existence; between those males have been twenty-one American infantrymen and prisoners of warfare. We struggle for Peace tells their story.
During the 4 months ahead of the armistice, information had unfold through the usa and the realm workforce of twenty-three americans was once refusing repatriation. in the intervening time, of the twenty-three infantrymen had escaped. as soon as again in the back of American strains, the 1st voluntary repatriate, Edward Dickenson, was once given megastar therapy with the wish that this optimistic event could appeal to the others to come to the us. only one extra American POW, Claude Batchelor, selected repatriation.
In the U.S., Dickenson, who was once being taken care of at Walter Reed scientific middle, used to be positioned less than arrest and charged with various collaboration similar crimes. Weeks later, Batchelor used to be equally arrested. Over the process the arriving months, Dickenson and Batchelor, opposed to the backdrop of Joseph McCarthy's military Hearings, have been prosecuted, convicted, and imprisoned. within the resulting years, Dickenson and Batchelor, either one of whom had voluntarily lower back to the us, watched from their detention center cells as many of the final twenty-one americans trickled again domestic, secure through the dishonorable discharges they acquired.
Exhaustively researched and meticulously documented, We struggle for Peace is the 1st complete scholarly paintings in this arguable occasion in foreign history.
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