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G.I. "parolees?" status
When the Chinese made their first move in North Korea that winter of
'50, they apparently captured a small number of U.S. soldiers, disarmed them,
then just released them to return southward to their units with the
admonition not to come back.
Question: What is the legal and practical status of a G.I. captured
then released while hostilities are still ongoing? Were these released
American POWs considered "parolees" by the U.S. Army? Were they rearmed and
put back into the line? Were they sent to Japan for noncombatant duty?
Col. Mike Haas, USAF, ret., author
In the Devil's Shadow: UN Special Operations during the Korean War
Apollo's Warriors: U.S. Air Force Special Operations during the Cold War
Member: Air Commando, Special Forces, UDT-SEAL, and Special Operations