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According to the Pentagon, 46,000 men had deserted from the United States Armed Forces since the outbreak of the Korean War. Of those, only 35,000 returned to duty by their own will or that of the Military Police. In addition, approximately 20,000 men were reported AWOL for one reason or another each month, mostly because they were about to be sent overseas. The men out at any one given time would add up to almost two divisions. Nevertheless, the desertion rate during the Korean War was less than half of what it was during World War II.

Reference: LIFE magazine, pp. 33, Volume 34, No. 3, January 19, 1953, "Life on the Newsfronts of the World"


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