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Roseburg POW bitter 1 - Hospitalized Gl's To Communism While Being Held...
Hospitalized Gl's To Communism While Being Held PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. J Ten gaunt, tight-lipped tight-lipped tight-lipped men stepped into the public spotlight at Valley Forge military hospital to deny they had been tainted by communism communism 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 Sunday at the hospital here, a short drive trom the Revolutionary Revolutionary Nfar memorial park that gave the nospitai its name, it nan its origin in the circumstances surrounding their flight home aft er release by their Red captors. While the 10 and 10 compan ions were en route from Tokyo nv plane last Thursday, an Air Force spokesman said the Penta gon had ordered a veil of secrecy thrown around the flight "because of the position taken by the Army and others that these men may have been misled under conditions of duress snd hardship during the period of their captivity." . And the Pentagon said Valley Forge Hospital had been designated designated the best spot for treatment. The 20 reached the hospital late Friday night, rested for a day and then were asked if they were ready to meet the press. Ten said they were anxious for the chance. Four refused bitterly. The rest were too ill or just didn't want any publicity. The 10 Interviewed were brought into a smsil auditorium two by two. The first pair were Col. Ver non L. Warren, 22, St. Louis, and Sitter At Being Pfc. Roger Herndon, 20, Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Fla. "Dirty Deal" Received Warren and Herndon said flatly they felt they had gotten "a dirty deal" in being labeled possible Communist sympathizers. Herndon, whose right arm was amputated by the Chinese because of a machine-gun machine-gun machine-gun wound received at the time of his capture in November, November, 1950, said he found no reason to accept Communist indoctrination. indoctrination. "They snowed us the beat they had," he said, "snd it was nothing." nothing." i - And Herndon said, if his loss oi an arm didn't stand in the way, he would be ready to go back to Korea "for another crack at the I Reds." Cpl. James L. Ball, 21, Bellburn, W. Va said: "This Red label makes us feel like criminals. Ws are all completely innocent." And, after a slight pause, he added, '(I never eves heard the term 'brainwash' 'brainwash' before I got back home." Some of the staff officers at the hospital seemed as militantly confused confused by the situation as the men themselves. "I don't know where this Idea started," said one Army doctor, "but there's one thing for sure we're not running a damned laundromat laundromat here." Another officer, who asked like his fetow staff member that his name be withheld, said, "there has been a . big fouiup somewhere along the line. Opl. Robert H. Hickox, 23, Syra wss Labeled Prisoners cuse, N. Y., who was serving with the 85th Engineers when captured Nov. 27, 1950, said he considered the suggestion he or any other member of the group was Red-tainted Red-tainted Red-tainted "an insult." "It didn't make homecoming any better," he said. Cpl. Richard O. Morrison, 22, Burlington, la., said his resction wss the same as Hickox. 'insulted." 'insulted." - -Threatened -Threatened With Death A 22-year-old 22-year-old 22-year-old 22-year-old 22-year-old corporal from Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Okla. Marvin L. Brown said the Communists had forced him to back up Red charges of U. N. germ warfare in Korea under pain of death. Bown, who lost his right srm after being wounded and captured on a night patrol March S, 1952, Converts Of Reds said a Chinese officer told him he would be shot unless he admitted knowledge of germ warfare but Brown hastened to add) he felt there was no basis for a belief any ot the repatriated prisoners had succumbed to Communist propaganada. M Sot WslUi. UTtnltiim U Lake Charles, La., said his ordeal in Red hands included a forced march to Communist Prison Camp No. 4 at Wewon, North Korea. On that march, he said, he suffered a case of frozen feet. Despite his experience, he ssid, he Intends to remain in the Army. M. Sgt Robert W. Shaw. 44. Vancouver, Wash., said he didn't even believe the Communists when (Continued oa Psg Twe) new and i the

Clipped from The News-Review04 May 1953, MonPage 1

The News-Review (Roseburg, Oregon)04 May 1953, MonPage 1
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