Mr. Thorin started working on his memoirs many years ago, and it has been my privilege and honor to work with him on them over the past few years.
Mr. Thorin has been a very dear and valued family friend for several years, and we shall miss him.
Twenty-two years of service in the U.S. Navy through World War II and the Korean War, in both enlisted and commissioned ranks, enables DUANE THORIN to speak from experience on the meaning and importance of civil authority over the military for an American in uniform.
Far East assignments immediately after World War II made Mr. Thorin an eye-witness to the Communist advance and takeover on mainland China and aroused a studious interest as well in the strategic and tactical concepts of Communist leaders.
Serving as a helicopter rescue pilot during the Korean war, he was shot down and captured by Communist forces (after making more than 100 rescues from enemy-held territory). Mr. Thorin's defiance of enemy interrogators and escape from prison camp (followed by recapture) resulted in periods of solitary confinement and forced labor.
His A Ride to Panmunjom (Chicago: Henry Regnery Co., 1956) recounts in fictional format actual events he had witnessed or been involved in during his 19 months as a P.O.W. in Korea. A special paperback edition of the book was published in 1957 for distribution to U.S. servicemen, as a supplement to training materials relating to the U.S. Armed Forces Code of Conduct.
Retired from active duty in December, 1961, Lt. Thorin was called upon in 1962 to testify before the Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, during its investigation of the Defense Department's Cold War Education and Speech Review Policies.
Now a free-lance writer, researcher and lecturer, Mr. Thorin has published numerous works relating to Communist techniques of psychological and political warfare, and contemporary studies of U.S. military and foreign policies. His study, The Pugwash Movement and U.S. Arms Policy (New York: Monte Cristo Press, 1965), provides a comprehensive background on the formulation and potential consequences of U.S. "disarmament" policies inaugurated officially in 1961. His Symptoms and Causes (Springfield, Va.: Crestwood Books, 1965) provides an overview of our national foreign policy since 1961, demonstrating and documenting the underlying causes of the persistent and recurring crises which confront us throughout the world.