The Day the Eagle Cried



      Roger Armand Dumas was an 18-years-old infantryman when he disappeared during the early months of the Korean War.  His brother, Bob, volunteered for two tours of duty in Korea to find his brother (two other brothers were also in Korea.)

The Army classified Roger KIA (killed-in-action).  Shortly after the war, Roger's mother was on her death bed and begged Bob to find Roger.  She was certain he was alive.

This request became Bob's singular obsession and he relentlessly engaged the government to get answers.  Bob was getting very close to unraveling a profound military cover-up and intelligence agencies went to extreme lengths to thwart his investigation.

Bob discovered his brother was in fact a POW imprisoned at the infamous Camp #5 and when the war ended, Roger, along with 387 other POWs were abandoned in order to end the war.  

Bob sued the U.S. government in federal court after amassing a powerful case, including several witnesses who knew Roger in POW camp.  One of these was a 17-year-old medic who treated a bad wound, which Roger sustained during his capture, with the use of maggots scooped from the latrine.  Some key witnesses, after being warned by the FBI not to testify, mysteriously died before the trial began.

During this court trial Bob was tipped off by a Pentagon source that he was going to be "hit" by a government intelligence agent.  Roger confronted the agent, invited him to his home and over a couple glasses of brandy won the agent over as a supporter of his cause.

Bob won the unprecedented and dramatic court case and the Army was ordered by the federal judge to reclassify Roger a POW.

This is a story of one simple man's behemoth endeavor to uncover a most tragic U.S. policy that abandoned POWs in Korea; a policy that the government made public just one and a half years ago (and was the lead network news story that day.)

Not long ago a Romanian engineer, Serban Oprica, touring North Korea encountered middle-aged Caucasian men working in a field on a collective farm.  He was told by his North Korean guide that these men were POWs from the Korean War and that their country doesn't want them back.

This remarkable 45-year struggle may have a happy ending as Pentagon officials and the North Korean ambassador have given Bob hope that his search will soon be resolved.  Finally, the government is ready to reveal this horrific secret of the Eisenhower administration which gave up these soldiers to put an end to a war.

This screenplay tells the story as it happened and the events, remarkable as they seem, are fully documented.

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