By Brian D. McKnight
At middle of the night on January 24, 1954, the final step was once taken within the armistice to finish the battle in Korea. That evening, the impartial Indian guards who had overseen the prisoner of struggle repatriation procedure 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 could 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 in the course of the usa and the area workforce of twenty-three american citizens used to be refusing repatriation. in the intervening time, of the twenty-three squaddies had escaped. as soon as again in the back of American strains, the 1st voluntary repatriate, Edward Dickenson, used to be given star therapy with the wish that this confident event could appeal to the others to come to the us. only one extra American POW, Claude Batchelor, selected repatriation.
In the us, Dickenson, who was once being handled at Walter Reed clinical heart, used to be put less than arrest and charged with numerous collaboration similar crimes. Weeks later, Batchelor was once 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 U.S., watched from their detention center cells as many of the closing twenty-one americans trickled again domestic, safe through the dishonorable discharges they obtained.
Exhaustively researched and meticulously documented, We struggle for Peace is the 1st entire scholarly paintings in this arguable occasion in overseas history.
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