We Fight For Peace: Twenty-three American Soldiers, by Brian D. McKnight

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.

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However, when he was stationed in Seattle, Washington, he met a sixteen-year-old girl with whom he fell in love and married. 20 Like so many of the conflict’s PsW who fell for the communist line, Arlie Pate had grown up poor. His sister Goldie recalled their childhood in East Carondelet, Illinois, as one spent on relief and wearing threadbare clothes. Although she “didn’t mind too much,” Arlie did and internalized his frustrations. ”21 Seeking to escape his poverty, Arlie took odd jobs. The recollections of one of his employers illustrates several important points about young Arlie Pate.

Only a decade after the end of the difficult war in Korea, the United States was on its way into another civil war in Asia. Despite the divided sentiments of Americans about involvement in another war, the United States entered the fray in Vietnam. More than a decade later, the United States would extricate itself from this war, but this time without even a line of demarcation between democracy and autocracy like that which been left behind in Korea. In 1968, Morris Wills, a nonrepatriate who had returned to the United States in 1965, wrote his memoir of his time in China.

Sidney Rittenberg, who spent most of his life in Mao’s China, answered several important questions and gave valuable insights into the motives of many of the men. Finally, physicians and friends Allen Mullins and Melanie Skeen provided answers to medical and nutritional questions. Partway through the construction of this story, I relocated from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, near the hometown of Ed Dickenson, to Angelo State University, in Texas, near the hometown of Claude Batchelor.

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