|Branson, MO (November 7, 2010) -- David Bancroft, USA Patriotism! founder, thanks Korean War veteran Sherman Jones (left) for his military service, which included being one of the few survivors of the the Sunchon Tunnel Massacre . . . which is chronicled with other survivors' stories in Pat Avery (center) and Joyce Faulkner's book, Sunchon Tunnel Massacre Survivors (They Came Home Series).|
A total of 178 American soldiers died in the massacre on October 20, 1950, which started in the summer with a march from Taejon, South Korea, to Seoul, then on to Pyongyang, North Korea . . . where after boarding a train . . . it was stopped in a tunnel. The North Korean guards then unloaded the prisoners in small groups to a ditch where they were shot. Afterwards the North Korean soldiers walked around bayoneting the bodies to make sure everyone was dead, but did not get to everyone. A few survivors were underneath other bodies, avoiding the bayonet.
Note: David Bancroft, Sherman Jones, and Pat Avery were attending a ceremony honoring Korean War and other veterans hosted by country singer legend Barbara Fairchild and her husband, country signer Roy Morris.
Photo by USA Patriotism!