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TODAY IN HISTORY
Maj. Clifford Allen, 35, of Los Angeles, told a nine-member general court board pressures were used on him and other POWs to obtain their co-operation in communist propaganda efforts. His testimony came late Monday afternoon as the trial of Maj. Ambrose H. Nugent entered its fifth week. Nugent is accused of collaborating with the enemy while he was held as a POW in Korea.
Allen, a graduate in political science from Northwestern university, was imprisoned at camp 12, near Pyongyang, North Korea, at the time of the emasculation threat. Maj. Nugent is charged with circulating propaganda documents while in the same camp. The Negro major said a North Korea officer, named Kim, ordered him to write the message to Negro troops and tell them to surrender. Allen said he refused repeatedly.
“Kim ordered two guards to strip me to the waist and further. If I did not consent he said he would emasculate me,” Allen testified. “I asked for more time to think over his proposition … and, it was only because the camp broke up that I got out of it, I’m convinced.” Allen said Kim accused him of being “a deserter to the dark-skinned people” and threatened other POWs with no food and even death to force them to sign propaganda attacks on the United States and the UN.
He said Kim also threatened withdrawal of medicine for treatment of the sick and wounded prisoners. Nugent won a major point earlier Monday when a handwriting expert testified the accused’s signature on two surrender leaflets were forged.
Charles A. Ellis, authority on forgery, with the U. S. secret service for 23 years, said the two signatures were made with engravings of a poor copy of Nugent’s own signature. Now a private handwriting consultant in San Antonio, Ellis said the “tripping error” of the man who forced Nugent’s name was his “overwriting … trying to retouch his forgery.”
“None of us were very stable,” he told the court, “but he was less stable than the rest of us … he was in worse physical condition than any of us … and I would say that he was less sane.” Erwin also said Nugent never asked other members of the central peace committee to sign the propaganda papers. One of the nine charges remaining against the Merril, Wis., officer is that he circulated the propaganda petition to collect signatures while at Pyongyang.
The court voted to recess Tuesday in observance of Washington’s birthday. The trial, nearing an all-time record for length of army courts-martial, will resume Wednesday with at least eight more days of testimony expected from the defense (Kansas-American, Topeka, Kan., Feb. 25, 1955).