Small Wars Journal

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

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.