"...he mentioned if he should disappear to make inquires concerning his whereabouts with the proper military authorities...." Statement of former POW Joseph [last name unreadable] - 16 June 1954.


Cpl. Richard G. Desautels

Captured December 1, 1950
at Sonchu, North Korea
Last seen August 7th, 1953


"The above mentioned POW was taken into China... He returned to Camp No. 5, in March 1952, at that timehe mentioned if he should disappear to make inquires concerning his whereabouts with the proper military authorities...."Statement of former POW Joseph [last name unreadable] - 16 June 1954.


"In regards to Cpl Richard G. Desautels.... I met him at POW Camp number 5, at Pyoktong, North Korea, somewhere around the later part of 1952. I even gave him a hair cut and talked to him...." "We stayed together for about two months..." "one day I saw him riding on a truck going off the camp. I was not able to talk to him before he departed, because the Chinese Reds were present." Statement of former POW Heren Cabacar 16 July 1954.


" Cpl Desautels spent 11 mos with a CCF truck supply outfit, after his capture...." "He told me that the CCF would not let him come in contact with other POW's as he knew too much. The last time he was seen to the best of my knowledge was in Pyoktong, in Mar. 1952...."Statement of former POW Walter L. Mayo - 24 June 1954.


"...on 18 March 1952 he was removed from camp and placed in the town of Pyoktong proper , separate from all other prisoners. In my opinion I do not believe that he was a collaborator and was kept a prisoner by force." Statement of former POW Clifford Benoit - 7 June 1954


"Cpl Desautels.... remained at POW Camp #6 two or three weeks and was then taken away by the Chinese." Statement of former POW Ellis P. Clark - 8 June 1954


"This man was taken to Manchuria after capture and kept with Chinese troops there for 10 months. During this time no english was spoken. So he learned Chinese. He was brought to Pyoktong in about Nov. 1950. According to the Chinese his attitude was bad. He disappeared about the end of Dec. 1951. He may have been released by now or they may hold him because they crossed the border with him in 1950." Statement of former POW William L Lillis - 4 Sept. 1953.


"The last time I saw Cpl Desautels was in April 1953,... In the middle part of April 1953, he told us (me and other GI's, whose names I don't recall), that he was going to be taken to Autung, China. In my opinion, the Chinese Communist Guards knew that Cpl Desautels could understand little Chinese and this was the reason for pulling him from us, since he was translating the communist broadcast news for us." Statement of former POW, signature unreadable, - 17 June 1954


"This man was alive when he left POW Camp #5 in the spring of 1952. Removed by the Chinese." Statement of former POW Douglas Jones - 22 June 1954


"Cpl Desautels to the best of my knowledge is still alive.... While he was in company 5 (five) Desautels engaged in several arguments with Chinese interpreters saying they did not say what the Chinese commander would say during his speeches to us. Consequently he was soon in ill favor with the Chinese of that company.... To the best of my knowledge he was last seen about May '52." Statement of former POW Westley Little - 10 June 1954


"....He was either killed by the Chinese or is still being held." Statement of former POW Clarence Banks - 25 May 1954


"....When he was finally released to a POW camp, he provoked the ire of the Communists by revealing to the men in the compound what was said by his captors in the oriental language. Some time in the Spring or Summer of 1952, he was forcibly taken from the compound by the Chinese Communist...." Statement of former POW Nicholas Leamon - 8 June 1954


"When we were repatriated, I saw him. He was taken away cause he could speak Chinese, so they took him out of the camp. They said he was a rumor spreader and blamed everything that went on in camp on him. So they took him away and when I was released I saw him in Pyoktong village. He must of been held." Statement of former POW Richard Grenier - 12 June 1954


There are at least 19 statements made by former POWs, reporting Richard Desautels in captivity. By far, the most chilling statement expresses Richard Desautels own fears "...he mentioned if he should disappear to make inquires concerning his whereabouts with the proper military authorities...."


Richard Desautels knew he wasn't coming home.


He expected his government to come and get him.


Mr. President, ask the Chinese

Richard Desautels?



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