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contents. had Saturday effect bun - the to told certain not Freed Yanks Deny Turning Red PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. (UP) An Army psychiatrist said today he saw ' no evidence of Communist sympathy among liberated war prisoners flown here in tight secrecy secrecy amid rumors their minds had been taincd by enemy propaganda. propaganda. , ' Lt. Col. Philip Smith of Des Peres, Wis., assistant chief of the neuropsychiatric " section at Valley Forge Army hospital, backed up 13 of the prisoners who angrily denied denied at a press eonference Sunday that they turned toward Communism Communism during their captivity in North Korea. Srpith said the report, that the prisoners had fallen victim to a Communist "brain washing" apparently apparently stemmed from "inconclusive studies" made in the Far East. Of the 25 repatriated prisoners sent here for treatment, only 13 talked to reporters during the visit ing period Sunday. - Of the ethers, four were said to be so bitter about the publicity surrounding their return return that they shunned further interviews interviews with the press. The others not interviewed included included four stretcher cases and those who said they were too busy visiting with relatives to attend the press conference. - Those who posed for cameramen and talked to newsmen insisted their outlook toward American life did not change while they .were prisoners of 'the Reds. Cpl. James L. Ball, 21, Bellburn, W. Va., said the reports they had been won over to Communism made the men "feel like criminals." Another Another ex - prisoner, M - Sgt. Robert W. Shaw, 44, Vancouver, Wash., said he felt "bitter" about " the whole thing. The Army said on the arrival of a hush - hush flight of 20 of the former prisoners that "some" of the men "may have been the victims of Communist propaganda." A spokesman emphasized that "only a few" fell into this category and it would ho "unfair" to brand the entire group as suspect. Cpl. Williatrf R. Hinckle, 22, of Clintonville, W. Va., one of the prisoners who was interviewed, said some of Ms fellow - captives pretended pretended 'to be converts to communism communism so their guards "wouldn't bear down too hard." : Hinckle said he signed a Communist Communist "peace appeal" only because it was a part of a prison routine and not because it indicated any change in. his way of thought. "Signing it was just like taking chow," he said. ; . The deluge of relatives that descended descended on the quiet, hospital grounds Sunday taxed the facilities for visitors. Cpl. Almond L. Nolan,' Rexville, N. Y., was visited by 14 members of his family. i

Clipped from The Kane Republican04 May 1953, MonPage 1

The Kane Republican (Kane, Pennsylvania)04 May 1953, MonPage 1
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