Weather Foils Rescue Attempt

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Pat McGrath Avery
Pat McGrath Avery
18942 State Hwy 13 Ste F #107
Branson West, MO   65737

In 1950 in the early days of the Korean War, the American military knew that about 250 Americans had been loaded on a North Korean train to be transported to prison camps near the Yalu River.

Samuel Clark, a paratrooper with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, would be dropped, with the rest of his unit, in front of the train to rescue the prisoners.

The weather interfered and delayed the drop. When it finally occurred, it was too late. The North Koreans had pulled the train in a tunnel to hide from American aircraft. They systematically took the prisoners out in small groups, under the pretext of feeding them.

They executed them by firing squad.

Six of the survivors will launch their book, Sunchon Tunnel Massacre Survivors, on Tuesday, November 6, at 9:00 am at the Celebration City Theater behind Vendor Village.

Samuel Clark will finally share his story with them. He will tell about their mission and why it failed. He will share the sorrow he's lived with for 57 years.

This event is open to the public. You are invited to attend and meet the people who lived this incredible story fifty-seven years ago.

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