The DMZ War

1953 to Today

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Important incidents in the DMZ or affecting it. 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 more information on defectors and POWs in North Korea, see our book American Trophies (above) and visit our sister site

DMZ Vets Can't Miss this Documentary on Defector James Dresnok

Fascinating and Infuriating for Korean Service and other US Veterans

“An unforgettable documentary (New York Daily News), Crossing the Line is the absolutely fascinating (Hollywood Reporter) story of James Joseph Dresnok, a US Army private who in 1962 stunned the world by walking across the violently contested DMZ that cuts Korea in two and defecting to the communist North. Taking full advantage of access granted by the government of North Korea, the axis of evil s mysterious and feared rogue state, director Daniel Gordon (The Game of Their Lives, A State of Mind) combines historical footage with contemporary interviews to both uncover the Kim-Jong Il regime and end 44 years of secrecy and rumor by allowing Dresnok to tell his own story. Despite spending more than half his life living, working, and raising a family in North Korea, Comrade Joe, as Western media dubbed Dresnok when he walked into infamy at the height of the Cold War, remains a man of eternally divided loyalties. From his appalling childhood in a rural 1950 s Virginia foster home, to interviews with his fellow GI s, to amazing footage (New York Post) of Dresnok playing the villain in Kim-Jong Il s personally produced propaganda films…”

The US Army Defector Who Returned from North Korea

A Compelling Read for DMZ Vets Who Wondered About the Other Side

The story of defector Charles Robert "Super" Jenkins will fascinate DMZ vets who wondered what it was like on the other side of the 'Z. There's no doubt Sgt. Jenkins betrayed his men, his Army and his country when he went over. However, he is contrite in this book and describes the punishment he got for his actions -- the time in North Korea being far worse than the court martial and sentence from the US Army.
“In January of 1965, twenty-four-year-old U.S. Army sergeant Charles Robert Jenkins abandoned his post in South Korea, walked across the DMZ, and surrendered to communist North Korean soldiers standing sentry along the world's most heavily militarized border. He believed his action would get him back to the States and a short jail sentence. Instead he found himself in another sort of prison, where for forty years he suffered under one of the most brutal and repressive regimes the world has known.” 

PFC James Joseph Dresnok: Defected August 1962

Reported Alive in North Korea as of 2014

Dresnok (r) & Charles Jenkins in North Korea Decades After Their Defections

PFC Larry Abshier: Defected May 1962

Reportedly Died in North Korea

SP4 Jerry Parrish: Defected December 1963

Reportedly Died in North Korea

Sgt. Charles Robert Jenkins: Defected January 1965

Returned to Japan & Remained There After US Army Court Martial

Alive as of 2014

Jenkins in North Korean Propaganda Movie

PFC Roy Chung: Defected or Abducted June 1979

Reportedly Died in North Korea

(See Declassified Document Below)

PFC Joseph White: Defected August 1982

Reportedly Died in North Korea

Check Out Two of the Best Novels About Service in the "Z"

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Great for Families/Friends Who Want to Know What It Was Like


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 The DMZ War book and Web site are the inside story on the mission to prevent North Korean invasion and infiltration of the Korean Demilitarized Zone from 1953 until today-- and the men and women of the US military who accomplished it. The DMZ War includes insider stories; declassified reports, film and pictures; and all sorts of other stuff of interest to those who "ran the Z,' served anywhere in/around the RoK, or have an interest in North Korea, the Cold War, espionage, special operations and intelligence.

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