I Cannot Forget: Imprisoned in Korea, Accused at Home

I Cannot Forget: Imprisoned in Korea, Accused at Home

I Cannot Forget: Imprisoned in Korea, Accused at Home

I Cannot Forget: Imprisoned in Korea, Accused at Home

Excerpt

This book is Johnny Moore's Korean War memoir, as told to Judith F. Gentry, professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. It focuses on his nearly three years as a prisoner of war in Camp 5, where the Chinese carried out their main “brainwashing” effort. It is also a study of the US Army during the 1950s.

Johnny Moore does not claim to have been perfect while a POW. He broke army rules knowingly, but his combat master sergeant authorized his two main transgressions. He believes that most of his other departures from military expectations saved the lives of POWs at a time when men were dying every day from starvation rations, subzero temperatures, and lack of medical care. In retrospect, he sees his few remaining errors as well intended but definitely mistakes.

The memoir also covers the four and one-half months of combat that preceded his capture and the four postwar years when he tried to make a career in the military but was suspected of collaboration with the enemy and having become a communist.

Johnny Moore was lucky enough to survive the heavy fighting he experienced in Korea. Having turned eighteen in his fourth week of combat, he viewed the war from the perspective of a young, energetic, self-confident private first class in the heavy weapons platoon of a combat infantry company. He describes enemy attacks on the mountaintop position that his unit successfully defended on the Pusan Perimeter and also describes events two months later, on the night of 26–27 November 1950, when his company was among the farthest forward US units of the western column of the UN advance toward the Yalu River. Chinese infantry forces attacked in large numbers and captured or killed most of the men of B Company. Johnny Moore was among those captured.

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