THE PENTAGON DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW
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We've all heard of the infamous traitor (and onetime hero) GEN Benedict Arnold, who plotted with the British to hand over control of West Point during the Revolutionary War.
But there is another traitor that few know about. Perhaps they don't even mention his name at the USMA in history class. We will.
He was Army CPL John David Provoo, a no-good traitor on Corregidor, who went over to the enemy and was responsible for the execution of an American officer.
PREFERRED "ORIENTAL WAYS"
The slender soldier with oriental ways had already experienced life under the Japanese. A native of San Francisco, he spent all of 1940 in the Land of the Rising Sun in a monastery studying Buddhism.
By the following year, Provoo had returned to the U.S., enlisted in the Army, and was sent to the Philippines where he served as a G-2 clerk on "The Rock" outside Manila harbor.
When Bataan fell and Corregidor was next, the little traitor hatched his plan.
SOFT-HEADED JUDGE TOSSES OUT CONVICTION
Ah, but we said he was later convicted of treason and escaped the death penalty, didn't we? The court found he was "mentally unstable." Well, when the case was appealed, a soft-headed federal judge ruled too much time had passed and Provoo was set free.
Not long after that, Provoo took a shine to an underage boy from Baltimore and was caught in bed with the lad in a mid-western motel room. They'd crossed many a state line. That got the effeminate one three years behind bars.
His final years were spent in Hawaii. What few friends he had on Hilo Island said the ex-GI was "a nasty drunk" when in his cups. He lived in a shack up in the hills and died at 84 in 2001.
The traitor who once had made page one of the New York TIMES didn't even rate a two-line obit on the back pages of "the newspaper of record." And that's the rest of the story.
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