James Joseph Dresnok

1941 - 2016

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James Joseph Dresnok (Korean: 제임스 조새프 드레스녹, November 24, 1941 – November 2016) was an American defector to North Korea, one of six U.S. soldiers to defect after the Korean War. After defecting, Dresnok worked as an actor in propaganda films, some directed by Kim Jong-il, and as an English teacher in Pyongyang. He was featured on the CBS magazine program 60 Minutes on January 28, 2007, as the last U.S. defector alive in North Korea. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Joseph Dresnok has received more than 1,205,080 page views. Her biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). James Joseph Dresnok is the 1,384th most popular military personnel (down from 1,168th in 2019), the 7,455th most popular biography from United States and the 114th most popular American Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, James Joseph Dresnok ranks 1,384 out of 1,466. Before her are Oliver Leese, William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim, Arnold Jackson, Garnet Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, and Christy Mathewson. After her are Henry Halleck, Peter Pace, Isaac Brock, Edward Evans, 1st Baron Mountevans, A. P. Hill, and Mohammad Ali Jafari.

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Among people born in 1941, James Joseph Dresnok ranks 395Before her are Rafael Albrecht, Epeli Nailatikau, Péter Balázs, Peter Sarstedt, Colin Higgins, and Paddy Ashdown. After her are Anton Pronk, Wasim Sajjad, Dennis Sullivan, Kálmán Ihász, Gabriel De Michèle, and Aaron Neville. Among people deceased in 2016, James Joseph Dresnok ranks 362Before her are Doreen Massey, Liz Smith, Ronit Elkabetz, Kiichirō Furukawa, Solomon Marcus, and Gideon Toury. After her are David Margulies, Anton Pronk, Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, Solomon W. Golomb, Mrinalini Sarabhai, and Angus Scrimm.

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Among people born in United States, James Joseph Dresnok ranks 7,455 out of 15,968. Before her are Samuel Dexter (1761), Spencer Haywood (1949), Sofia Carson (1993), Michelle Trachtenberg (1985), Kristine Sutherland (1955), and Gloria Hendry (1949). After her are Diane Warren (1956), Chris Connor (1927), Kamala (1950), Pete Buttigieg (1982), Kevin Moore (1967), and Robert Horry (1970).


Among military personnels born in United States, James Joseph Dresnok ranks 114Before her are John Sedgwick (1813), Nathan Hale (1755), Stanley A. McChrystal (1954), James Stockdale (1923), Frank Buckles (1901), and Christy Mathewson (1880). After her are Henry Halleck (1815), Peter Pace (1945), A. P. Hill (1825), Chesty Puller (1898), Lyman Lemnitzer (1899), and John F. Reynolds (1820).