James Joseph Dresnok
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James Joseph Dresnok

Soldier + Military Person + Actor
Male
Born 1941
Age 73

James Joseph Dresnok is an American defector to North Korea, one of six American soldiers to defect after the Korean War. He was featured on the CBS magazine program 60 Minutes on January 28, 2007, as the last United States defector alive in North Korea and was the subject of a documentary film entitled Crossing the Line. He calls himself Joe Dresnok and is referred to as both James Dresnok and Joe Dresnok in news reports, sometimes as both in the same report.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1941 Birth Born in 1941.

TWENTIES

1962 21 Years Old Unwilling to face punishment, on August 15, 1962, while his fellow soldiers were eating lunch, he ran across a minefield in broad daylight into North Korean territory, where he was quickly apprehended by North Korean soldiers. … Read More
1966 25 Years Old In 1966, the four men tried to leave North Korea by seeking asylum at the Soviet embassy in Pyongyang, but were immediately turned over to North Korean authorities by the embassy. … Read More

THIRTIES

1978 37 Years Old Beginning in 1978, he was cast in several North Korean films, including the 20-part series Unsung Heroes (as an American villain), and became a celebrity in the country as a result. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

Dresnok worked as an actor and an English teacher in Pyongyang. He was featured on the CBS magazine program 60 Minutes on January 28, 2007, as the last United States defector alive in North Korea, and was the subject of a documentary film entitled Crossing the Line. … Read More
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