Tortured into Fake Confession

The Dishonoring of Korean War Prisoner Col. Frank H. Schwable, USMC

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About the Book

In 1952, during the Korean War, Colonel Frank H. Schwable became the second-highest-ranking officer held as a prisoner of war by the Communists. His captivity was marked by months of physical and psychological torture that resulted in a signed confession asserting that the United States had used germ warfare on Korean civilians. This serious allegation reverberated throughout the American media with devastating consequences to Col. Schwable’s reputation. Once he was released, an official Marine Corps inquiry was made into his false confession and uncovered the effect psychological torture had on a distinguished and decorated officer’s actions.

About the Author(s)

Raymond B. Lech, a past national director of the Navy League of the United States, has written widely on military history. He is retired from the banking industry and lives in New York City.

Bibliographic Details

Raymond B. Lech
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 204
Bibliographic Info: 20 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6548-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8785-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix

Preface      1

1. The Inquiry      5

2. The Wing      24

3. The Preparation      39

4. The Capture      49

5. The Camp      59

6. The Menticide (Part I)      76

7. The Menticide (Part II)      96

8. The Transfer      109

9. The Ship      132

10. The Arrival      150

Epilogue      164

Appendix: Deposition by the Captured United States Colonel Frank H. Schwable      171

Notes      181

Bibliography      187

Index      191

Book Reviews

“a must-read for everyone interested in how the mind copes under Communist brainwashing…this book is rated four stars”—Military Bookshelf.