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STRAIN ' lis is - i Second Group Of Prisoners Exchanged Panmunjom, Korea, April 21 (AP) A second group of 100 disabled but jubilant Allied prisoners came back, from North Korean prison stockades today as the 30 Americans exchanged Monday landed in Japan on their way home. Many of the American and other United Nations prisoners who rolled through Freedom Gate today were laughing and joking, in sharp contrast to the solemn air of those freed as the exchange of sick and wounded began Monday. But today's group of 35 Ameri cans, iz British, 3 lurks and 3U South Koreans told also of seriously sick and wounded comrades still in Red prison cimps and of death M. Sgt. Robert W. Shaw, Vancouver, Vancouver, Wash., shows the strain of more than two years as a prisoner prisoner of war of the Communists as he arrives at the 121st Evacuation Evacuation Hospital near Seoul. The picture picture was radioed from Tokyo. (AP Wirephoto) Mt. Vernon Marine Freed Had Been Reported Killed in Action Last May By the Associated Press Tears of sheer joy or unconsolable grief? Both flowed freely Monday night in the homes of more than 2,000 American prisoners of war as 35 sick and wounded but wisecracking GIs were freed by the Communists in Korea. Those happy homefolk who beat the gigantic odds choked out their simple, thankful words:, , . - - ,.- ,.- "I'm so happy I don't know what to do." So they cried. But thousands of mothers and wvves still must wait, and pray, and perhaps weep again before their loved ones come back. The name of their soldier was not in the list of 65 Americans freed in the first two days of the historic exchange at Free dom Village. Only 120 will be re leased bv the Communists in the week-long week-long week-long proceedings. At Mt. Vernon, 111., Mrs. A. F. Reiling had been listening closely to the radio for word of her son, Pft. Arthur J. Gregory, but had turned awav brieflv when his name came as a returned prisoner in Ko rea. Relatives quickly brought her the good news, however. "We thought he was dead until last December, Mrs. Eugene Becker, Becker, a sister of Arthur, said. Gregory, with the 1st Marine Di Second POW list, page 7. greetings from Red China. "We've been praying ever since, Mrs. Becker added. VVe ve had calls trom every where ever since the announcement. All the neighbors have come in. It's just wonderful Gregory, 21, enhsted m July, 1951, and reached Korea seven months later. He has another brother in the Marines in this country and twin brothers, Harold W. Gregory of St. Louis and Carroll Gregory of Mt. Vernon, were Marines in World Warn. The last letter Mrs. Reiling had from Arthur was a year ago, shortly before his capture. "We won't make any plans until we know just when tie 11 arrive, Mrs. Becker said, "but there'll be a big celebration." A Black River Falls, Wis., couple, Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Peterson, learned their son was alive and coming home. Mrs. Peterson said she had never given up hope they would hear from Pfc. Lionel E. Peterson, 21, reported missing last October. A somewhat more vivid description description of the scene at his Covington, Ky., Kome came from Jeff Mullins, 20-year-old 20-year-old 20-year-old 20-year-old 20-year-old brother of liberated Sgt. Orville R. Mullins: "Everyone went slightly nuts." Miss Goran Mitchell s elation was tempered somewhat. She would have marches over frozen highways dur ing the bitter winters of 1950, 1951 and 1952. The Reds have said thev would exchange 100 South Koreans for 350 North Koreans and 150 Chi nese Communists Wednesday, leav- leav- 55 Americans the Reds have promised to free still in Communist hands. All f 'the 605 disabled United Nations and South Korean captives to be freed bv the Reds are to be exchanged by Saturday, the day full- full- scale armistice negotiations are to be resumed. J Some 5,800 North Korean and Chinese sick and wounded will )e back in Communist hands bv May 1. A plane carrving 36 Americans and other Allied sick and wounded from Korea landed Tuesday at Tach-ikawa Tach-ikawa Tach-ikawa airbase, near Tokyo. Air Force officials said there will be daily flights until all U. S. prison-J prison-J prison-J ers are in Japan on their way home. Twelve of the American? flown to Japan Tuesday were carried from the big transport on litters. Newsmen Newsmen at the airbase were not permitted permitted to interview them. United Nations prisoners who came back Tuesday showed ' few signs of wounds or illness. Some spoke bitterly of friends left behind who, they said, were' hurt far worse but for some reason did not make the Communist repatriation list. All wore the blue cotton uniform, peaked cap and tennis shoes the Reds gave them just six miles up the road at rubbled Kaesong, the Communists' truce headquarters. Allied officers reported the Reds were canying out a strange procedure procedure at their receiving point. Chinese and JNorth Korean prisoners returned returned from Allied camps were dust ed with insecticide even their ra tions and personal possessions were sprayed. The Allied officers said Red spokesmen explained that it was all a precaution against Allied germ warfare. vision, was reported killed in action to tell her brother Walter that his last May, but his name was among father had died during the soldier's those listed as broadcasting holiday internment. - Twins Twice in Year Chicago, April 21, (AP) Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Meyer are the parents of their second set of twins in less than a year. an the he In of at

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  1. The Decatur Daily Review,
  2. 21 Apr 1953, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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