This page includes hard-to-find information on US defectors to North Korea (plus Roy Chung, a Korean serving in the US Army in Germany who was either a defector or abductee). For basics on their cases, try this page in Wikipedia.
The declassified documents and other information below cover PFC Larry Abshier; PFC Roy Chung; PFC James Joseph "Joe" Dresnok; SP4 Jerry Parrish; Sgt. Charles Jenkins and PFC Joseph White. The records include defection notes, internal Army reports, North Korean propaganda broadcasts, intelligence reports and letters from family members (aside from betraying their country, these men also inflicted great pain on their families, and in some cases, fiancees, as the poignant notes below show.) DMZ War has many more files on these men and will update this page in the future.
We collected information on these defectors from Freedom of Information Act requests to the Pentagon all the way to our visit to North Korea, where we obtained numerous videos from a movie series called "Unsung Heroes" (or "Nameless Heroes") which features the defectors playing American villains.
This is part of our long investigation of US POWs kept in North Korea (and China and the Soviet Union) after the Korea War. We need to distinguish reported US POWs from the Korean (and Vietnam) War alive in North Korea from these defectors, as well as the 21 US "Turncoats" from the Korean War who converted to communism as POWs and went to China after the Korean War (almost all later returned to the US). [See an example at the bottom of this page of a declassified US report concerning American POWs and defectors in North Korea.]
As part of our research on North Korean espionage and terrorism, we also follow the use of the defectors to teach English to North Korean special operators, as well as the possibility the defectors were used to father children with Koreans and abducted women from other countries as part of a plan to create a new generation of Western-looking spies.
We are also interested in whether any American troops in South Korea (or elsewhere) ended up in North Korea, perhaps after being kidnapped. Some details about the Roy Chung case (below) seem to be consistent with an abduction, although the Army named him a deserter. We uncovered this document about North Korean plans to abduct GIs in Korea.
For more information on defectors and POWs in North Korea, see our book American Trophies (above) and visit our sister site www.kpows.com
If you have information on US troops who disappeared under suspicious circumtances, the POW issue, or North Korean special operations against Americans and American assets such as special weapons, please contact us: investigator (at) kpows.com