The best source of war crimes information, however, was the 120,000 North Korean prisoners of war held on Koje-do
Island and the southwestern mainland.
As a young Army infantryman, I was stationed at Koje-do
Island, South Korea, in the weeks leading up to the armistice finally signed between the United Nations and North Korea on July 27, 1953.
Look a moment at the February and March 1952 riots in the Koje-Do
Island POW [prisoner of war] camp during the Korean War.
The book provides insights on the Koje-Do
prison riots, reported by both a guard and an organizer within the camps.
An oil tanker exploded and sank Sunday night off South Korea's Koje-do
Island, southwest of Pusan, leaving three crew members dead and six missing, and spilling about 200 tons of fuel oil, maritime police said Monday.
To counter this, Kim II-Sung sent political officers to organize hard-core resistance in the POW compounds on Koje-do
, an island off Pusan.
These men were members of POW service units assigned to temporary POW enclosures dispersed across Korea and the permanent camps on Koje-Do
6) The Canadian/British contingent serving on Koje-do
following the POW riots.
In April 1952, the Battalion was pulled out of the line to assist in quelling the Koje-do
prison camp disorders.
As one medical orderly reported, "Anybody who couldn't make it in the line was sent to Koje-do
To compound my felony, I would add that the Korean song which I enjoyed the most was a subversive air supposedly entitled "The Big-Nosed American" which was presented by a massed "choir" of North Korean prisoners to greet us on our arrival at Koje-do
. There were, however, a number of memorable songs presented to us by groups of South Korean children in our rest areas.
North Korean POWs were given "time-expired" K-Rations (minus the cigarettes) to supplement their rice and vegetable rations.