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"I could feel the heat of the muzzle, and I said, 'Well this is it.'" (Video Interview, Part II, 5:24)

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   Jose Mares
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Jose Mares, Ft. Lewis, Washington, 1950
War: Korean War, 1950-1953; Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army
Unit: 38th Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division
Service Location: Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Lewis, Washington; Korea; China
Rank: Corporal
POW: Yes
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Infantryman Jose Mares was eating his Thanksgiving dinner on November 24, 1950 while on duty in Korea, when North Korean troops attacked his unit, killing soldiers seated on either side of him. Five days later, he was captured, beginning almost three years of brutal treatment. Mares wouldn't break, even after he was nearly executed for simply refusing to offer any more information than his name, rank, serial number, and date of birth.

Interview (Video)
»Interview Highlights  (8 clips)
»Complete Interview  (79 min.)

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 Memoirs
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 Personal Correspondence
»Telegram from Jose to his parents, informing them he is on his way home. Undated.
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 Video (Interview Excerpts) (8 items)
Interrogation through torture. (01:27) Capture on Thanksgiving Day. (05:26) A promotion; his best friend captured, tortured. (05:08)
Attraction to the infantry. (00:45) Shipping out; a sense of duty. (02:17) Reunion with his best friend. (04:06)
Punished for trying to escape; brainwashing. (05:02) Saved by the Chinese from being shot. (05:41) 
  
 Official Documents (5 items)
Western Union telegram from the Adjutant General, informing his parents that Mares is MIA, December 25, 1950.. Western Union telegram from the Adjutant General, informing his parents that Mares is believed to be a POW, December 19, 1951. Western Union telegram from the Adjutant General, informing his parents that Mares is believed to have been featured in an enemy propaganda film, May 18, 1951.
Western Union telegram from the Adjutant General, informing his parents that Mares has returned to military control, August 27, 1953. Western Union telegram from the Adjutant General, informing his parents that Mares will soon be arriving in United States, September 5, 1953. 
  
 
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