A Long Road Home

The last time he saw his kid brother, Hyung Doh, Private Lee Chul Soo was a foot soldier on home leave during the Korean War. The family took a snapshot of Lee standing proudly under a persimmon tree with his gun. But a week before the war ended, on July 27, 1953, Lee was captured and taken to North Korea, where he spent most of the next 50 years working in a coal mine. In November, Lee managed to escape from North Korea into China, and last month his younger brother flew to the city of Yanji for a reunion. The...

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