Merrill Newman of Palo Alto, Calif has been held captive by the North Koreans since October.
He was arrested while on a tour through the secretive nation. Newman served in the Korean War training anti-communist troops. He is 85.
The North Koreans let him go citing “sincere repentance.”
What a weird story…
SAN FRANCISCO — Ending more than a month of captivity in North Korea, an 85-year-old American veteran returned to the United States on Saturday, soon after the North let him go, citing his “sincere repentance” for his actions during the Korean War.
The sudden release ended a dramatic odyssey in which the veteran, Merrill Newman of Palo Alto, Calif., found himself whisked off a plane by North Korean security on the last day of a guided tour to the reclusive police state in October.
After his release, Mr. Newman first flew to Beijing, then to San Francisco, where he was greeted Saturday morning by his wife and son.