ARMED FORCES: The Returncoats

On Jan. 23, 1954, 21,814 Chinese and North Koreans decided not to return to Communism and 21 American soldiers turned their backs on the U.S. In a grey drizzle one afternoon this week three . of the U.S. turncoats walked a path by the Lowu railroad bridge into Hong Kong and the free world.

First out was Otho G. Bell, 24, of Hillsboro, Miss., a round-faced little man in a poorly cut fawn-grey cotton suit; next came William A. Cowart, 22, of Dalton, Ga., a hulking figure with dirty white pants shoved into...

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