“I have been guilty of a long list of indelible crimes against DPRK government and Korean people as advisor of the Kuwol Unit of the UN Korea 6th Partisan Regiment part of the Intelligence Bureau of the Far East Command,” the apology said.
North Korea Accuses Detained U.S. Veteran of War Crimes
By JANE PERLEZ
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- Most of these partisans were not soldiers - they were local government officials, school teachers, policemen, skilled laborers, etc.
- Most were from North Korea but did not support communism, so they escaped North Korea either before or after the invasion. When communist rule sweeps through an area that was considered dissident, it is not very kind to the populace. A saddening story told to me by a veteran: At a young age he hid beneath his Grandmother's dress as the North Korean Communists lined up his Father (a policeman), his Mother, and all his siblings, and executed them with gunshots to the back. He lay under the body of his grandmother and later escaped to an island, and at a young age was doing whatever he could to help the partisan effort... carrying water, cooking, etc. Several of the partisan supporters were female as well.
- Many partisans did not make it back from their high-risk missions behind enemy lines - they had one of the highest casualty rates of any unit during the war. Some patrols were simply never heard of again after insertion.
- There are only about 2,500 known survivors remaining today, with another estimated 500 survivors that have chosen to remain anonymous. And because they fought as "partisans" under UN/US control, and not as South Korean soldiers, they were not recognized by their own government as fully-fledged veterans. They only received about 1/3 of the benefits as other Korean veterans did. The US Congress recognized them this decade thanks to the hard work of some caring US veterans, and the South Korean government finally recognized them in 2008 with full veteran benefits, of which a percentage can be passed onto their children.