Friday, July 27, 2018

North Korea Turned Over An Initial 55 Cases Holding Remains Of Soldiers Killed In The Korean War VIDEO

An honor guard greeted the arrival of 55 American servicemen that were flown out of North Korea on Friday, thanks to President Trump’s efforts to bring the American war dead home 65 years after the end of the Korean War:
Republican Security Council
"Johnson's List" Was A Secret Ledger Kept By A POW Of The American Soldiers Who Died In Captivity But It Was Ignored For 33 Years.
Army Private Wayne “Johnnie” Johnson of Lima, OH was 18 when he was captured on July 11, 1950 on the frontlines and remained a POW for the next 38 months.
In October 1950, a cruel North Korean Army major referred to as "The Tiger" took command of more than 700 American servicemen.
That year Johnson started keeping a record of the 496 men who died in captivity so that the families back home would know what happened to their loved ones.
The fact that he could have been punished or even shot for keeping such a list did not stop him.
Buddies would tell him about someone dying and others would stand guard while Johnson recorded the deaths. The list was hidden in a tube of toothpaste.
While most died in prison camps, there was also the ‘Tiger Death March' where they killed a man a mile for almost 100 miles.
Only 262 of the men returned to the United States in August 1953 after the Armistice.
Johnson told the debriefing officer about the list, and like all POWs, he also signed an agreement to not discuss how horrible they’d been treated.
Nothing was done about Johnson's List until 1995 when Army Sgt. Victoria Bingham learned about it.
She met Johnson while attending a Korean War Ex-POW reunion in Sacramento, CA.
She then located intelligence archives which contained Johnson's original debriefing report as well as other POW reports corroborating his information.
Among these records was a debriefer's memorandum recommending that Private Johnson be recognized for his bravery.
Private Johnson's painstakingly written record turned out to be a major contribution to the effort to determine and confirm the fate of almost 500 POWs.
Sgt. Bingham's report was forward to the Secretary of the Army and in 1996 Johnson was awarded the Silver Star, the nation's third highest military combat decoration for valor.
He died at 79 in 2011 and his tombstone notes that he "Created the Johnson List".