Courtesy of Library of Congress, Stewart, Potter, "U.S. Reports: Bell v. United States, 366 U.S. 393 (1961)," U.S. Supreme Court, 1960
Bell v. United States was a lawsuit reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. In the case, veterans of the Korean War were suing the U.S. government for denying them pay while they were in a Prisoner of War (POW) camp in North Korea as well as after their release when they traveled to Communist China to live for a period of time. The Supreme Court overturned the lower court's ruling, giving the veterans their pay earned during their active service despite being POWs and as they reportedly "consorted and fraternized with the enemy."
Transcribed Excerpts of Bell v. United States
- Why were these veterans denied their claim to their active duty pay during the time period they were held as POWs?
- Why did the U.S. Supreme Court reverse the verdict in the lower courts?
- How did this ruling honor those veterans who served in the Korean War?
Stewart, Potter, "U.S. Reports: Bell v. United States, 366 U.S. 393 (1961)," U.S. Supreme Court, pp. 405-408, 412-416, 1960. Courtesy of Library of Congress