POW Shaw Bitter

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American POWs Bitter At Called Communists Being There's Been A Big Foulup, Says One Hospital Officer Phoenixville, Pa. (ff) Ten ·gaunt, tight-lipped men stepped into the public spotlight at Val ley Forge miliary hospital to deny they nad been tainted 'by communists while prisoners of war in Korea. They were bitter -- and they made it plain they felt they had reason to be. The stage for their tense drama was set yesterday at the ·hospital here -- a short drive from the Revolutionary War Memorial Park that gave the hospital its name. It had its origin in the circumstances sur rounding their flight home after after release by their Red captors. captors. "While tine ten -- and 10 companions companions -- were en route from Tokyo by plane last Thursday, an air force spokesman said the Pentagon had ordered a veil of. secrecy thrown around the flight "because of the pos- army and ven heard the term 'brainwash' 'brainwash' before I got back home." Some of the staff officers at he hospital seemed as mili- antly confused by the situa- ion as the men Bhemselves. I don't know where this id- a started," said one army doc- or, "but there's one thing for ure -- we're not running a amned laundromat here." Another officer, -- like his fellow ition taken by the others that Ohese men may i have been misled under conditions conditions of durress and hardship during the period of their captivity." captivity." And the spokesman said Valley Valley Forge hospital had been designated the best spot for treatment. Cpl. James L. Ball, 21, of Bellburn, W. Va., said: "TTnis Red la/bel makes us feel like criminals. We are all completely completely innocent." And, after a slight slight pause, he added "I never who asked staff mem- day ·and "food wake tr er day. ber -- that his name be wiflh- leld, said ":there has been a ig foulup somewhere along he line." Cpl. Robert H. Hickox, 23, if Syracuse, N. Y., who was serving with the 65th engineers when captured Nov. 27, 1950, aid he considered the sugges- ion he or any other member f the group was red-tainted an insult." "It'didn't make homecoming iny better," he said. M/Sgt. Robert W. Shaw, 44, af Vancouver, Wash., said he lidn't even believe the communists communists when they told him he was to be sent home. Shaw said he was 'hospitalized for reament of a leg ailment when a Red officer informed him he lad been chosen for repatria- :ion. "They had been lying to me right along." said Shaw. "So winy should I believe this?" The boys (other POW's) convinced m e," h e added, that this was the real thing, helped me pack and shortly after that I was on my way." Korean one the and aek Jew nch with and Growth Increases Alaska's Problems The

Clipped from Daily Sitka Sentinel04 May 1953, MonPage 1

Daily Sitka Sentinel (Sitka, Alaska)04 May 1953, MonPage 1
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