By Brian D. McKnight
At nighttime on January 24, 1954, the final step was once taken within the armistice to finish the warfare in Korea. That evening, the impartial Indian guards who had overseen the prisoner of struggle repatriation technique deserted their posts, leaving their fees to make their very own judgements. the majority of males allowed to settle on a brand new state have been chinese language and North Koreans who elected the trail of freedom. there have been smaller teams hoping that the communist bloc might supply them a greater existence; between those males have been twenty-one American infantrymen and prisoners of conflict. We struggle for Peace tells their story.
During the 4 months sooner than the armistice, information had unfold during the usa and the realm staff of twenty-three american citizens was once refusing repatriation. in the meanwhile, 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 big name remedy with the wish that this confident event could attract the others to come back to the us. only one extra American POW, Claude Batchelor, selected repatriation.
In the us, Dickenson, who used to be being taken care of at Walter Reed scientific heart, used to be put less than arrest and charged with various collaboration comparable crimes. Weeks later, Batchelor used to be equally arrested. Over the process the arrival 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 penitentiary cells as many of the closing twenty-one american citizens trickled again domestic, secure through the dishonorable discharges they obtained.
Exhaustively researched and meticulously documented, We struggle for Peace is the 1st finished scholarly paintings in this arguable occasion in overseas history.