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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 12, 1999, Darmstadt, HesseSunday december 12, 1999 stars and stripes sunday pages Evan Elle Scripps Howard news service about 40 percent of the 7,140 . Service members captured in the korean War died in Captivity. And More than 8,000 americans Are still listed As missing in action in what some Call America s forgotten the Washington d.c., korean War memorial with its life size soldiers tries to recreate a piece of history from that conflict. The Lincoln memorial stands in the background. Bitter memories for pos Korea was not America s forgotten War by Michael Hedges Scripps Howard news services he korean War is often described As America s forgotten War but the intense emotion with which Many former prisoners of War remember the misery terror and despair they suffered in that conflict almost a half Century ago belies that description. Wilbert shorty Estabrook of Murietta calif., has t forgotten the weight of the bodies that he and other pos were forced to carry during a North korean death March in which scores of american prisoners Gene Bleuer of Rock Island 111., has a vivid recollection of chinese guards lining up groups of pos and staging mock executions with unloaded guns then about once a week loading the guns and killing several have those whose family members vanished during the War 8,200 americans still listed As missing in action in Korea forgotten. John Zimmerlee of Hapeville ga., Hopes the government will eventually release information providing clues to the Fate of his father John Henry Zimmerlee whose b-26 was lost Over North Korea in March 1952. And Vincent Krepps of Tow son md., searches the internet for details about the death in Captivity of his twin brother Richard. But apart from their Circle of friends family and wartime companions Many korean Era pos and Mia relatives feel they were forgotten or More accurately ignored after the unpopular inconclusive War ended korean pos As a whole Are More bitter than the Vietnam group said Alan Marsh cultural resources specialist at the government s National prisoner of War museum in Anderson a Granite Wall next to the korean War memorial figures has the words Freedom is not free the Bottom left engraving states that 7,140 . Soldiers were captured not including those missing in action. Villega. A big part of that i that they came Back and found that people just wanted to forge the Marsh who has participated in a project to record hundreds of Oral histories of Ameri can pos going Back to world War i said it is not that they have to be known As heroes. They just want people to know what they went what they went through was horrific. The official death rate of the 7,140 americans captured in the korean War is roughly 40 per cent. More than 2,700 pos Are known to have died in Captivity. That mortality rate is higher than for any group this Century except perhaps americans held by the japanese during world War ii. Torture and attempted brain washing was common among pos in North Korea. Even deadlier was neglect of their dietary and medical needs. And when they were released the pos were not embraced by a grateful who had survived More than 37 months in Captivity enduring a brutal death March witnessing executions and seeing Well Over half those captured with him die re see Korea on Page 6 it korean pos As a whole Are More bitter than the Vietnam group a big part of that is that they came Back and found that people just wanted to forget the Alan Marsh National prisoner of War museum cultural resources specialist

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