For nearly 40 years, the North Carolina native lived as a prisoner in Pyongyang until he was liberated thanks to Hitomi Soga, a woman North Korea abducted from Japan who became his wife.
Charles Robert Jenkins, from the tiny town of Rich Square in North Carolina, was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state in 2004. Here are a few things to know about the U.S. soldiers who had an extraordinary life.
Helped by his wife Hitomi Soga (R), former US soldier Charles Robert Jenkins (front L) arrives at Tokyo global airport at Haneda, 18 July, 2004, with their North Korea-born daughters Mika (back L) and Brinda (2nd R). On Monday, he collapsed outside his house on Sado island, northern Japan, local media reported. His wife said in a statement that she was "very surprised" by his death and "cannot think of anything", according to AFP news agency.
He faced some hard time in North Korea as a prisoner, as he had to live the way the government directed him.
Jenkins disappeared in January 1965 while patrolling the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea - while drunk off of 10 beers - to avoid combat duty in Vietnam.
Charles Jenkins, US army deserter to North Korea. He was only 24 years old.
Jenkins had planned to go Russian Federation, but the country did not grant him or any other Americans asylum.
GETTYFears Kim could be gearing up for another military provocation have been heightened in recent days
In his memoir, The Reluctant Communist: My desertion, court-martial and 40-year imprisonment in North Korea he revealed that every night before they went to bed, he would say "oyasumi" (Japanese for goodnight) to his wife and she would respond in English.
"I can not think now and would like to comment when I regain my calm". "If there's a God in the heaven, he carried me through it", Jenkins told USA broadcaster CBS in an interview in 2005. But they also became minor celebrities when they acted in North Korean propaganda films, starring as Western villains. But he said he had no plans to move back to the US.
Jenkins had been living on Sado Island, off Japan's west coast, with his wife Hitomi Soga, a Japanese citizen who was abducted by North Korea in 1978, since they were freed in 2002. Soga was abducted from Japan to train North Korean spies her language. Within two weeks they were forced to marry, according to Mr Jenkins, but they eventually fell in love, bonded by their mutual hatred of their captors. "North Korea wants me dead", he told the L.A. Times.
Jenkins was 40 when Soga, then 21, was brought to him to live together.
He wrote: "We did this so we would never forget who we really were and where we came from". Their 34-year-old daughter Mika lives at home and teaches at a nearby kindergarten, while 32-year-old Brinda lives on the closest mainland city, Niigata.
"In North Korea, I lived a dog's life".
In November 2004, a US court-martial found Jenkins guilty of desertion and sentenced him to 30 days in prison. He then returned to Japan to be with his wife, eventually finding work at a tourist attraction in Sado.
Even while living in freedom, Mr Jenkins still remained afraid of his former captors, and was constantly anxious that he or his family would eventually be assassinated. He was accused of absconding and fleeing to North Korea.
All social media apps are working so hard to make their apps more attractive and user-friendly and also to compete each other. Messenger's new real-time 3D feature works as a filter that users can apply while shooting something or taking a selfie shot.
The US military admitted that the object is part of a CH-53E helicopter that belongs to the Futenma base. Japan's central government and Okinawa authorities have been at odds for years over the Futenma base.
He's probably going to take some chances, and an effort to achieve that security goal may be that he'll ruffle some feathers. There were calls for a reciprocal visit to be abandoned after Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos on November 30.
Former NFL Network executive Eric Weinberger and former NFL Network analyst Donovan McNabb are among those named in the suit. Another sexual harassment scandal has been unleashed and this time it affects personnel at the NFL Network .
America's chain migration policy allows people who have migrated to the U.S.to sponsor other family members to come here as well. He had been in the country for seven years and had come to the country, Trump said, through extended-family chain migration.
Harry Potter continues to be a global phenomenon. "Theoretically, this game could be going on for many years", DeWolfe explains. This upcoming game will be joining the ranks of Universal Orlando's " Wizarding World " and an ever growing film universe .
The underground pipeline belongs to the Vienna-based OMV group, which has confirmed that there was a gas explosion at the site. The Italian wholesale day-ahead price surged 215 percent to 75 euros per megawatt-hour, its highest recorded level.
Munchee , a food review App based on Blockchain, agreed to refund all investors without accepting nor denying the allegation. Despite the CFTC's approval of the deal, Giancarlo has repeatedly said it does not equal an endorsement of the product.
A new device passing certification from TENAA with the model number TA-1054 could possibly be the 2018 edition of the Nokia 6 . After Nokia was acquired by HMD Global for $350 million as Microsoft parted with the phone assets of the struggling company.
Christian Hackenberg is expected to be active for the first time since Week 1 and just the second time in his two-year career. Petty started four games past year , completing 58.5 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and five interceptions.
The Sensex jumped 301 points or 0.91% to 33,250.30 while the wider Nifty zoomed to 98 points or 0.97% to 10,265.65. Moves were minor across the region, with blue chip Chinese shares off 0.2 per cent and Australia up 0.1 per cent.
Its CEO Jeff Binder claims that the company can send HD video at a bandwidth of less than 4 megabits per second. T-Mobile is launching a TV service next year, becoming the latest company to marry wireless and video.
There is also Wind Chill Advisory in effect for Avery County, where the wind chill could fall as low as -5 degrees. Snowfall is expected in Beckley likely beginning in the afternoon with the possibility of snow squalls.
She assured the CBS reporter that it had nothing to do with racist intent and said she's been bullied because she wasn't racist. And before y'all start talking to me about metaphorical, emotional, financial or historical blood & brokenness, Don't.
The happy couple met in 2015 when they were paired up on " Dancing With the Stars " and Wednesday a year later. The Shark Tank star, on the other hand, is already a father to three children from a previous marriage.
His appearance on Capitol Hill is part of the House Judiciary Committee's normal oversight of the Justice Department. Strzok was removed from Mueller's team in late July when his bosses found out about the texts.
Lallana is expected to be back sooner than centre back Joel Matip , who is recovering from a thigh problem. "That's it. He trains completely normally. "It's not clear, we play tomorrow but not clear", Klopp said in his press conference.
Yet his 3.90 career ERA will be the highest of any pitcher in the Hall of Fame, and he never won a Cy Young Award. If he had stayed out, Trammell nearly certainly would have gone down as the best shortstop not in the Hall.
In her decision, she noted that she was "not convinced by the vague claims" that the January 1 deadline needed to be delayed. He proposed that transgender people would be able to enlist in the military by July 2017.
The most expensive gas price averages in Georgia were in Savannah at $2.37 per gallon, Brunswick at $2.36 and Atlanta at $2.34. Engineers at AAA set out to see whether using Premium gas instead of Regular really makes a difference in these cars.
Our mission is to bring a balanced perspective to the African narrative and provide the platform for discourse and interaction. Amnesty says the European Union has not just been aware of these abuses, but it has been complicit in them.