In 1950 Calhoun Soldier Escapes Reds in Korea


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 medical treatment.

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.