The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 19, 1953 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, August 19, 1953
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BI/tTHEVTLLE (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 1958 Reds Tried to Cover Up American POW Deaf/is celvlnf medical treatment In Tokyo before turning to th« United SUtei. EDITOR'S NOTE: This li the last story by AP Photographer Frank Noel on his 33 months »• » Communist prisoner in North Korea. Noel Is r»- By FRANK NOEI) As Told to Olan Clements TOKYO (4P) — After I received my camera in January, 1952, the Chinese let me ' take oictures in four of the six camps where non-Korean war prisoners were held. In my wandering around the camps I got a pretty fair idea of how many men were in each and I estimated there were between 4,000 and 5,000 men, mostly Americans, in the hands of the Reds. Another 3,000 died in the camps and are buried in the hills around Pyok- toner and Chonchong, where most of the camps were located. That would account for up to 8 000 of the 13,000 non-Korean troops estimated to be missing. The Chinese did not mark these camps for aerial identification during the first year of the war. When they did mark them they used Chinese characters that I was told meant "peace" rather than a prisoner camp. One day about three months ago I saw three wagon loads of TNT— about 60 boxes of it to the wagon —dug up and taken out of Camp 8 where 1,200 Americans, British. Filipinos, Puerto Ricans, Turks, French and Greek POWs were New Training Setup for ROK Army Announced SEOUL (fl>) — A new streamlined training command for the South Korean Army was announced today by Tj. S. 8th Army headquar ters- The Army labeled the battle- tested United States 10th Corps as a "group" and gave it the responsibility for training and operational control of all three Republic of Korea army corps. The new command is under Lt Gen, Reuben E. Jenkins, commander of the V. S. 9th Corps in Korea for a year. "Army groups" were organized in past wars to exercise control over various Allied armies but this is the first such "corps group." Republic of Korea headquarters remains unchanged by the new order, but South Korean troops on the line and in training will be under the actual command of Jenkins' 10th Corps. LITTLE LIZ— tf o thing has to be either whispered or shouted, it isn't worth listening to. BKIA* held. If a bomb had struck that camp accidentally the whole bunch would have been killed. The Reds tried to cover up the great number of deaths among the POWs—sometimes as many as 48 bodies in one day were seen being moved out of the camp—by trying to force Allied doctors to say the men died of syphilis contracted before they were captured. None ol the doctors would go for it and a good many of them did time in the hole as a result. Held Near Manchuria We were held right near the border of Manchuria and a Chinese leader told me one day if the Allies ever tried to liberate the prisoners the Chinese would take those they wanted to keep across the border into China. Perhaps they have done so now. When I was captured in,November of 1950 along with Marines, Army and British troops nt Koto, North Korea, they walked us to Camp 5—about 700 miles over the winding route they made us take. Camp 5 then held officers and enlisted men. That was about April, 1951. In the summer they herded about 600 men and officers into a Korean theater and made the rest listen to loudspeakers outside while a high Chinese gave a bitter harangue against the "capitalistic warmongers." He told the enlisted men they should have turned their Rims on their officers, who were ';the real warmongers in America." The lecture didn't go over very well with either the enlisted men or officers. The Communists tried every way in the world to indoctrinate the prisoners. They succeeded in some cases but I would say the percentage was very small. Incited Animosity They used race against race and Adder in the Hatter PORTHLEVEN, Cornwall. England iff) — Policeman Frnnk Sandercock. reporting nt the station for duty, took off his helmet and out popped a poisonous adder 15 Inches long. The horrified Sandercock said he had a flat tire on his bicycle en route to work and had laid his helmet at the side of the road, while he made repairs. "Thank goodness I've got a good, thick head of hair," he said. VERY SPECIAL PURCHASE THURSDAY MORNING ONLY at an unheard of low price! 2-pair package Here ore tlioee sensational new nyloni you've been hearing about for months, now at a spectacular low Penney price! Sheerest of sheer and full fashioned, they're THE nylons for "dress up" occasions. Hurry in, get yours now! nationality against nationality In an effort to stir up animosity among the prisoners. On that score I was real proud to note 99 per cent of our men. regardless of race or creed, stood pat. They knew what was going on and didn't buy it. Later on the Beds opened up Camp 2 and moved all the officers up there. They Insisted that I was a Marine captain and moved me there with the officers despite my protests that I was a civilian war correspondent. In trying to malte me admit I was a Marine captain they made me stand at attention for hours at a time out in the raw cold. Other times they made me stand with my nose pressed against a bright light for hours on end in nn effort to break me down or force me to write something favorable to them. I guess that is xvhat Is wrong with my eyes now. Forged Names Once, while they had me In the hole, they tried to force me to write letters down to my correspondent friends at Panmunjom, Munsan and Seoul telling them they were being misled by the United Nations propaganda. They also asked me to write to the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, Baltimore Sun, Kansas City Star and the Los Angeles Times, and tell them "the peoples peace movement" was right and just. I refused. They even forged some of our names to letters and published them. I know of several such cases. I know people wrote me and thanked me for making pictures of their prisoner kin. Americans do things like that. I got about 10 such letters in prison camp NEW WILSON OFFICERS —. Officers for 1953-54 of Wilson's Cooperative Club are pictured above in the Wilson clubhouse. They are (seated, from left) Mrs. P. E. McRae, president; Mrs. J. M. Elslander, treasurer; (standing) Mrs. W. B Burkett, vice president; Mrs. Owens Sadler, secretary; ana ivlrs. E. D. Beall, parllmentarian. (Courier News Photo) WARNING ORDER The defendants Mrs. J. B. Lewis; Benme Marbury, Mrs. Bennle Marbury, his wife; Thomas Marbury, Mofher, 29, Shoots Children, Self OKLAHOMA CITY 1*1 — Officers* . .said a 23-year-old mother shot her j Mrs Thomas Marbury. his wife; j 6-year-old daughter to death, then Edward Marbury, Mrs. Edward critically wounded a 3-year-old son Marbury, his wife; Eugene Mar-! and herself yesterday. • bury, his wife; Berlie Marbury and! Mrs. Margie Reva Laivson. who Bessie Shores are warned to ap-! lives in a fashionable home in sub- pear in the Chancery Court for the j urban Midwest City, was not ex- Chickasawha District of Mississippi i pected to survive. Cave Explorers Hauled to Safety PIEREE ST. MARTIN, Prance hauled , Webb. those letters away from me when I was freed on Atig. 8. Now I don't have the names or addresses. I was only permitted to write two letters a month while I was in prison and of course they went to my wife. They look away from me every address I had in writing when I IE:' G'eraldine Liston, By Opal Doyle, Oscar Fendler, atty- for ptf. Elsijanc Trimble Roy atty, Litem. Ad " : Mrs John Hill a neighbor de- Mountains of southwestern France. 'I scribed the couple as "the happiest The cave reputedly is the earth's 1 two people I know. They never had | greatest land fissure. One man was nn argument. It just doesn't add i killed £ a s i m , llar explo ! t lasul ye:ir '• when the cabbie snapped as he was eagles, whose wings hove bccom* useless because of moisture Ireez-- ing on the feathers. Frozen Feathers Ice, the winter foe of airmen, also occasionally brings down birds. From time to time, reports come in telling of the capture of I Read Courier News Classified Ads. Trade in your tires! GOOD/YEAR World's first choice tire... 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