|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 10/26/1950.
Calhoun Soldier Escapes Reds
Pfc. Charles E. Jarvis, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Jarvis of Minnora,
was one of four very lucky young American GIs who escaped from a Red prison
train in Korea less than a day before their comrades were brutally murdered.
Jarvis, along with three others, got off the train when it stopped for
water and kept walking. They said they were the only ones of about
100 men with strength enough to get off the train for a drink. They were
crowded into a box car with eight of their number already dead.
They were given food and shelter by a North Korean farmer who also bought
rubber-soled shoes for them. After several days he was able to deliver
them safely to a South Korean colonel. They are now in Japan for
Young Jarvis had been a Red prisoner since July 27. He is a radio
operator with the 34th Regiment. He had already survived two death
marches during his captivity. Others on the train were found later
to have been massacred by the Reds near a railway tunnel. All showed
signs of near starvation.