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In search of info on Richard R. Tenneson

Hello all,

Does anyone in our H-HOAC hive mind have information on Private Richard R. Tenneson (born 1932 or 1933), who became a minor celebrity during the Korean War as the youngest of 23 (some sources say 22) American POWs who refused repatriation to the United States in the fall of 1953? Tenneson was originally from Mankato, Minnesota and enlisted at the age of 17 in 1950. There are a number of newspaper articles about him, and he's briefly mentioned in Matthew Dunne's recent book A Cold War State of Mind (UMass Press, 2013).