Dan Welch is no stranger to hardship and death. For generations his family had worked
and died deep in the coal mines of West Virginia. Life in the mountains instills
self-reliance and independence, but nothing prepared him for the inhumanity he faced
in the prison camps of North Korea or the betrayal that would occur back home.
Leo Jawaski is a fast talking young man from Brooklyn. His courage and honor is unquestionable
as witnessed by a senior Chinese officer who gets him needed medical attention, branding
him as a collaborator in the minds of some of his fellow POWs.
Howard Lowe is a family man and farmer in central Kentucky. After serving with distinction
in WW II he is called back to service in Korea. Severely wounded he is captured and
sent to a POW camp.
Martha Lowe teaches first through the eighth grades at Tabor, a one-room schoolhouse
in central Kentucky. On a summer afternoon in 1952 she kisses her husband goodbye
as he is recalled to war. Her strength is tested when she receives a telegram informing
her that Howard is missing in action.