National Affairs: Flipflop at Panmunjom

Claude J. Batchelor gobbled up the Communist line almost from the day in 1951 when he was taken prisoner in Korea. He quickly became known as a rabid "progressive," worked constantly to convert his fellow P.O.W.s, and, to anyone who would listen, proclaimed himself a "peace fighter." When other prisoners were repatriated after the ceasefire, 22-year-old Corporal Batchelor. 1st Cavalry Division, was a leader of the 23 Americans who chose to stay behind.

One night last week, the renegades gathered around a tiny stove in their barracks, sang Communist songs in competition with the...