The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 30, 1953 · Page 5
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, April 30, 1953
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THURSDAY, APRIL SO, 1985 BLTTH1VILLE (ARK.y COURIER Repatriated Corporal Teils of Living Hell As Prisoner of Reds By WII/tUM C. BARNARD TOKYO (AP) — 'I'll give you a week to live _ I get your boot.' when they take you to the hill," a buddy told Cpl. Wendell H. Treffery "My buddy didn't want my was a,hard fight but there wasn' to boots—he was building up my *' morale," the thin, red-haired Tref- fery, of Terryville, Conn., said in »n interview today. The hill was the frozen, common grave of Americans who died while prisoners of the Communists lit Kangye, Korea, in the terrible winter of 1950-51. "I lasted the week," said Tref- fery. "And then'he said he'd get my boots in another week. I kept on living—I wouldn't let myself die. Whenever I got awful low, really down in the gutter, I could hear my mother saying Ilke^ she always said: 'Keep your chin up.' I'll never know how I made it but I'm here and alive." Of 350 U. S. infantrymen captured by Chinese on Nov. 30, 1950, south of the Changjin Reservoir, Treffery is one of less than 40 still living. His feet froze. The flesh fell off his toes. A Korean nurse snipped off eight of his toes with garden shears. He broke off two with his own fingers. During four attacks of dysentery, Treffery's weight dropped from 150 to 60 pounds. A former medic with the 1th Division, he was one of the American prisoners returned by the Communists at Panrriunjom last week. Here is his agonizing story as he told it today: Caught'In Ambush "We were caught in a Communist ambush, about 350 of \'— Marines and 7th Division men. It any way out—we were surrounded "A Chinese hollered from the top of a hill—asking our senior officer to come and talk to him. Our officers held a conference and then our senior officer, a Marine major, walked down the road and up to the hill. He talked to the Chinese and came back. The major had made a deal with the Chinese. The deal was, that our wounded would be sent back to our own lines if the rest of us surrendered. The promise Was not kept. "The Chinese marched those of us away who could walk. We spent a freezing night in some cabins not far away. There were 120 of us then. Next morning we were marched back past where the ambush had taken place. The wounded were all still there, only now they weren't wounded. They were frozen to death, about 230 bodies. "Of the 120 of us, many were wounded. I am a medic, and I did the best I could. The Chinese took away my bandages, .tweezers and scissors but I hid my last six shots of morphine in my boot and when a man's pnin got so bad he couldn't take it I'd give him a shot. "There was a Texan, I remember. He was shot to pieces. I gave him one of the six shots and he slept one night because of it. I guess it was his last night— alive. Next morniug, he was too weak to move, and the Chinese left him there to freeze and die. . 18 Day March 'The march to Knngye lasted YOUt FRIENDLY THEATRE Entertainment At Its Best" TONIGHT ONLY ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S'' 18 day«. Wi mirohed , In every direction. I think th»jr were trying to break us down. When a man couldn't go any farther and dropped out, he w»» left to die. The ones that dropped out—we never saw them again. "I had a shrapnel wound In the chest, but it didn't bother me. On the second day, we walked through slush and that night I slept In a cow stall. The temperature dropped to about 20 below zero that night. I woke up next morning and my feet were frozen. The Chinese had us out in the road before I had a chance to get my toes unfrozen. "On Dec, 10 the Chinese guards turned us over to Korean guards and the march went on. They have no feeling for human beings. They'd stick our men with bayo- icts and laugh and joke about it. "Of the 120 who started the march, 80 got the valley camp at Kangye where we spent the rest of the winter. The Koreans locked all of us up in a big room. They wouldn't let us out to use a latrine. So our living quarters were our latrine. We all had dysentery by that time and you can see that the room wasn't a good place to be after awhile. "When a man died, the Koreans would tumble his body out of the room, and take it up the hill, to the grave. Once, the men among __ Who could walk were allowed to Fix a cross and stagger up the hill :o. the grave and plant the cross there. was unconscious for three days after we got to Kangye. Al the meat came off the bottom o my feet and all of the meat cam off my toes and the bones were .ticking out. "In February a Korean nurse gave me the first medical atten Jon I got, if you could call it that She walked in with a pair of gar den shears and clipped off eigh if my toe bones, leaving the big oe bones. I broke them off later vith my fingers. "All we had to eat was maize and tops off a cane—we called it orghum. With dysentery, I go; down to 60 pounds. ' "I stopped the dysentery by lucking salt all day long and by lurning maize to a crisp and eat- ng it. I treated my feet by cutting up my cotton blanket and making Bandages for them. By April, when ve were taken by truck to Camp . 1 near the Yalu, only 40 of us vere left. Snapped Bone "At Camp No. 1, they tried to tut me in the hospital . I didn't vant to go to the hospital, because too many of the men were going to the hospital and not coming back. One of my big toe bones needed attention and a Chinese guard asked me about it. He stepped out of the room a minute. I had a long thumbnail. I reached down and snapped the bone off. When the Chinese came back the room I showed him there was no longer any bone. He went away and I didn't have to go to the hospital. "In August, 1952, the Communists transferred me to another camp—No. 4, also near the Yalu. It was a camp for what they called 'reactionaries.' I never SEEN .IN LIFE. SEVENTEEN. CHARM. TODAY'S WOMAN. GLAMOUR, MADEMOISELLE White-Red-Beige 2.95 put your little foot right Smooth White Leather 3.95 POSTER KIDS THANK POSTMAN-Delivering a message of thanks for postmen's cooperation in raising funds for cerebral palsy victims, United Cerebral Palsy's three poster children visit William C. Doherty. president of the National Association of Letter Carriers in Washington. Letter carriers will spur the drive by making house-to-house collections during May. The children are, left to right: Jimmy Eischen, son of a Chicago mailman; Maureen Jameson, Avenel, N. J.: Patricia Sprofera, Long Island City, N. Y. Revised Osceola Quadrangle Map Published by River Commission AS LONG AS IT'S YOU CANT CHOOSE WRONG ON STYLE OR VALUE ! lAJe&to oroot FAMILY SHOE STORE W. VICKSBURG, Miss. — The Mississippi River Commission, Corps of Engineers, has announced publication of the revised Osceola, Ark.- Tenn., Quadrangle Map, Edition 1948, This 1 to 62,500-scale map, printed in colors by the Army Map Service in March, is similar to other topographic quadrangle maps ub- lished by the Mississippi River Commission. The map covers portions of Mississippi County, Ark., and Lauderdale and Tipton Counties, Term., and shows a 30-mile reach of the would go for any of their doctrines and I refused to write any articles or make any broadcasts. I had got ,his far, and I wasn't about to go back on the U. S. government or ;he U. S. Army. We had worse conditions at the reactionary camp, worse chow and less hours to sleep." As to Treffery's plans: "They're up to my fiancee." She is blonde Dorothea Asplund, 24, of Union City, Conn. "After I get back," he said, "we are going to be married." Treffery's mother, Mrs. Edith Hawksley, lives at Terryville, Conn. "I got letters from her while I vas in prison camp," the corporal said. "She told me to keep my chin up. Well, I did." Mississippi River from Golddust Tenn., just below Ashport revel ment, downstream to Chute of Is land 35, just below Riehardsons Tenn. Prepared from aerial photograph: of 1845-1949 and with topography from surveys of 1930, 1942, and 194f the map shows such features n the levee system, revetments, dikes landings, and river gage locations Early river meander lines are showi with dates, as well ns state ant county lines, five- and 10-foot con tour intervals changing on llv 260-foot contour, bench marks ranges, townships, and sectini numbers. Also shown are powc] lines, ferry locations, and many other physical features. The mat depicts the river as it existed during the low-water period of October, 1948. Many of the cities and landing and other locations shown, espe daily along the Mississipi River were established many years ago In numerous instances the old locations remain as originally set out with the river flowing southward in about the same location during the period when .flat boats and otl hand-operated craft plied the rivei in the early 1800's. The Osceola quadrangle mnp is Available from the Mississippi Rivei Commission's office at Vlcksburg Miss., at 20 cents a copy. Read Courier News Classified Ads WUWWMmj NUWt! U££/H/ OP U \MLCUVu Give Her a Gift of Guaranteed Quality From Sears Catalogs Your Sears Catalog Sales Office h truly headquarters for Mother's Day Gifts! Here in one store you have the widest se action of gifls you'll find anywhere! Find the right gift... at the right price for "Mom" on her day! 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Pocket-Size Cold War Is Ended ROME M>) — A truce finally has hern declared in the pocket-size cold war between Italy and San Marino — a 38-square-mile Communist state on the Adriatic. After years of bickering, the two republics signed a "friendship nnd good neighbor" treaty yesterday in Rome's Chigl Pnlace. Tiny Sun Ma™° — completely surrounded by NEW MANILA, ARK. "Your Community Center" By Refrigeration Air Conditioned Matinees Sat. & Sun. Phone 58 LAST TIMES TONITE Italy ™~ ftejrceX! to Mfrcihi from op* «r»ttag gambling cailnos or building r»mo and television stations which would Interfere with those In Italy. Italy agreed to pay bankrupt San Marino 16 million llro ($24,000) yearly In customs lees and to sell her more tobacco. Heavenly bodios can bo Been more clearly from the moon than from the earth with Us disturbing atmosphere that blurs the surface of the moon and planets, and makes the stars twinkle. , Hughes-Brogdon DRUG STORES Main at Lake • Main & Division MOX In West BIytheville Show Starts Weekdays 7:00 Sat. Sun 1:00 Always A Double Feature THURS-FRI Double Feature DELL —THEATElH Dell, Arkansas liox Office Open 6:48 LAST TIMES TON1TB "Caribbean" John Payne Arlene Dahl ITZ THEATRE Manila, Ark, • LAST TIMES TONITE "TORPEDO ALLEY" Mark Slovens Dorothy Malone FRIDAY 'Bachelor & The Bobby Soxer" Gary Grant, Myrna Lny, Shirley Temple SATURDAY ADMATNO. 115 I COL i I" IU LINESI —PLUS 'WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM' Tex Rittcr SAT. 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