International: The Ugly Story

The U.S. soldiers who crossed the line to freedom at Panmunjom last week were a smiling, happy, joking lot, plainly pleased to be on the way home. But back at the big processing shed in Munsan, and in the hot interview tents at Inchon, some of the stories they told took an ugly turn.

The tales had a familiar ring. Like those of P.W.s released from German and Japanese camps in World War II, they reflected the accumulated bitterness and hatred of pent-up men fighting to survive in an enemy prison. In front of movie cameras and a battery of correspondents,...

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