April 24, 2024
Analysis

The other American soldiers who defected to North Korea and came to regret it

Past defectors fled punishment similar to recent border-crosser Travis King, and their fates may reflect on his

Travis King made headlines across the world on Tuesday as he sprinted across the border into North Korea during a tour of Panmunjom.

But King, a private second class in the U.S. military, is far from the first American soldier to voluntarily cross over into North Korea. There have already been five or potentially six U.S. military defections, the most famous of those being James Joseph Dresnok and Charles Robert Jenkins

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