James Joseph Dresnok

James Joseph Dresnok

Born 1941

James Joseph Dresnok is an American defector to North Korea, one of six American soldiers to defect after the Korean War. 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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1941 Birth Born in 1941.


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 the embassy immediately turned them over to North Korean authorities. … Read More


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


2007 66 Years Old Jenkins's book also mentions this, but claims that she was abducted in order to be the wife of one of the American deserters. The Romanian Foreign Office's website says that in 2007 Romania asked North Korea to explain Bumbea's abduction but it did not receive an answer. … Read More
2014 73 Years Old James joined the Korean military in 2014, and in 2016 reported he held a rank equivalent to that of Captain in the US Army. … Read More
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