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Name, Rank, and Serial Number: Exploiting Korean War POWs at Home and Abroad

Charles S. Young

Abstract

Prisoners returning home from the Korean War were treated differently than after other conflicts. The Army complained that they collaborated with the enemy and succumbed easily to brainwashing because their families coddled them. The fates of American POWs had became linked to communist prisoners when they both were used as propaganda props. China used American voices to denounce the war and capitalism.The United States claimed that thousands of communist prisoners were defecting. While partially true, this stand doubled the length of the conflict and culminated in the withholding of thousand ... More

Keywords: POW, prisoner of war, Korean War, forgotten war, brainwashing, voluntary repatriation, collaboration, code of conduct, Koje-do, limited war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780195183481
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183481.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles S. Young, author
Southern Arkansas University