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The Army’s notorious ‘Soldier of Misfortune’ tried to defect to Cuba and North Vietnam
Something was seriously wrong with Bobby Joe Keesee well before the soldier tried to defect to Cuba and North Vietnam….
The Gouzenko Affair was the most shocking Soviet defection to the West
Gouzenko and his cipher skills were recalled to Moscow in 1944 and there was nothing his boss could do about it.
Here’s what happened to 6 American soldiers who defected to North Korea
Isolated and sealed off from the rest of the world, North Korea doesn’t exactly shine as a beacon of hope and light. But for a half dozen American soldiers serving after the Korean War ended, it apparently seemed that way. The war came …
These daring defectors turned the Viet Cong against itself
In 1966, the Marines in Vietnam found themselves with an unusual opportunity – to turn the tables on the enemy. This came by way of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese defectors who were willing to be retrained to work and fight with America…
Meet the Irish American battalion that en masse defected to Mexico
A bit of far off Irish-American-Mexican history brings to light a lesser-known chapter of Irish military service – the time that 265 Irish service members defected. Some called them heroes; others called them traitors. The Irish immigrants w…