Small Wars Journal

The Americans Who Chose To Live in North Korea, Defected to North Korea Documentary

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 6:23pm

James Joseph Dresnok is one of six American soldiers who defected to North Korea. In the early 60s, Dresnok was a Private First Class with a U.S. Army unit along the Korean Demilitarized Zone. He eventually went AWOL after forging signatures on military paperwork. Rather than face punishment from the Army, Dresnok crossed a minefield into North Korea.