And the measures and matters of The Truth of the "time" we are in ...how "man" ..."thought to change time and times ... god would not put me through more then i could stand. Dearly beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, how that one day is with the Lord, as a thousand year, and a thousand year as one day. The Lord is not slack to fulfil his promise, as some men count slackness: but is patient to us ward, and would have no man lost, but would receive all men to repentance. lewis watson
it would take to much space to tell the whold story but here is part of it. in aug. 1951 i had just taken comman of a unit that already been in a lot of fighting. that day we attact a hill knowed as bloody ridge just a short time after we atack i was wounded in my hip but i still could get around the medic had tented to me then we heard a cry for help so i went out and found him and the medic and i took him into a small cave. with in sight of about two hours i had went out and brought back 9 others that was wounded and could not walk alone. when i though we had them all i heard a faint cry about 100 yards from us so i set out once more, when i found him he was in bad shape. i got him on my shoulders and was taken him back when a small group of north koreans got both of us. there was no chance to fight so they started in moving us north. after marching the rest of the day and on into the night i knew my friend was about gone. just before the break of day he died. we gave him as much as we could we had no bibles and i use some of the bible verse that i had learn as a child. we were taken to what they call lower camp 13, a person that was already there i knew at once for the two of us was with 8th army cid. i knew what could happon if they found out who i realy was. the next day my so call friend told them who i was that when my trouble started. i was call into their office the man in charge told me he said LT. we know who you are and what your job was now you have some information and we have to have it. of course i said no the he told me to look out the window as they were prepairing a place for me. it was a hold in the grown, i was put in there and burried up to my neck. i stade there three days and three nights. (it reminded me of my lord that was in the grave that long) then they took me out and march me alone going north. i was on the march for about 4 days. i will tell you more in my next post for its hard even after all these years to talk about what happon to me
as i march more into north korea not knowing what was to happon to me i was on the march for about 3 weeks, we came upon a small village and i was put into a tent in a cell. they put up a sign on my cell although i could not read it. each night i prayed to god not to let me suffer at there hands. people would walk in and look at me and through food at me. one of them i could understand and he told me what the sign said come feed the american monkey come and see the american spy. it was downgrading but you have to look at the bright side. i was getting all the food i could eat and no one was hurting me. that lasted about a week as for as i could tell then i was taken to a small room and sat down into what look like a barber chair. my feet and hands were tied to the chair. then they ask me once more for the information again i said no. was i trying to be brave, no i was not but one lose word could cost the lives of many. he told me they were going to pull my theeth untill i talk. my head was pull back and tied down with my mouth open and they went to work. i lasted untill they started on the 3rd one then i passed out. when i came to i had no theeth on the top. well they let me rest for about a week then i was brough back to the same chair, then they started again and all i could think of was i told them to go to hell then they started. god let me pass out when they pull the 2nd one. when i came too i had none left. as i was praying and thanking god one of them ask me why i was praying for god could not help me. i told them god would not put me through more then i could stand. it took almost a month for me to be able to eat but god never left me i could feel him there. some one ask me how i came out of that alive i told them it was for the love of god and country. my airborn training help me a lot. more the next post
part 3 after the ordeal of them pulling my theeth i was sent back to the same camp that i left from hoping there would no more suffering from them but little did i know that they were not going to stop. in was the spring of 1952, myself and three others pland to escape for we all had enought the pland was all set for that night but as luck would have it they came and got me once again. this time they took me out by truck, we rode for two days and at night we stop. we came to a village some where in north korea and i was put in a cell for two days i woundered what wound happon the thired day i found out. i was taken to what look like a doctors office there i was met by two men from the ussr and was told that they would take me to the ussr if i would give the north koreans what they wanted. once again i said no and said a prayer. then a man came in with what look like a pair of bolt cutters one man remove my boot and said i would now lose my toes unless i talk. as he cut the first toe off thank god i pass out i came to the next day with a doctor there and gave me something for pain. i look down and he told me that they cut four of my toes but i was in no danger of dieing. after a week in bed i tried to walk, i could but not very good. even today i have a hard time walking. once again i was taken back to the same camp. with help of my friends i made it ok. by spring of 1953 i was doing good and once four of us made plands to escape that night we did. traveling by night was not the best but we did the 4th day no knowing where we was. we had some help from some of the north koreans when they found out i was a christian. our side we could hear the big guns, we headed out towards the sound thats when i got wounded by our on shells. my leg was hit hard. i prayed and thank god my life was spared. the last post will be next god bless
as i told you in my last post we made our escape and i was wounded in my leg on the forth day. unable to go on the others wanted to stay with me. you see in the airborn we have a motto that says you never leave a buddy behind. but i talk two of them in goung on and tell the world what happon to us all. it was not long before i was found by the north koreans and once again i was taken back to camp. with no med. supplys i knew i would not make it the 2nd day they put me in what they call the death tent. there was 5 in there when they put me in. that night one of them pass on. i woke up when they took him out and there was not a part of my body that did not hurt. i look toward heaven and ask god not to let me suffer anymore but let me go in my sleep. then i pass out again when i came to it was way up into the next day. they brought us some food but i was to week to eat i went to sleep only to wake up again.
it was dark and where i lay the bed things was wet from sweat. once again i prayed for god to let me die. the pain was getting more then i could stand. at the far end of the tent there came a light and slowly walk toward my bed. it look like a man but he had the brightness of the sun. i look but the guard was sound asleep on his feet.the man (or what ever it was) walk to my bed and stop he said peace my brother peace, then he took ahold of my leg suddly there was no more pain he took my hand and rase me up on my feet. he said thy scar on thy leg will remind you that i was here and sent by the lamb. i still have that scar today and thats why i shall serve god untill my time comes to go. i have only told you just a small part of my p o w days there is much more that happon. jesus said i will never leave you and i know thats true, he never left me. pray to god and do the will of the father and he will answer your prayers.
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