Ghosts for the Gullible.  The Joseph Wayne Dunagan skinny.

| December 13, 2018

Beginning in 1962, secret U.S. military units, referred to as “Ghost Walkers,” operated clandestinely in North Korea. Their missions were so secret, in fact, the U.S. government refuses…

While tensions flare in the Korean Peninsula, American Free Press has learned of a clandestine joint military and intelligence unit that has been conducting brazen cross-border raids into North Korean territory since at least the early 1960s. The outfit, known as the “Ghost Walkers,” performed top-secret missions on North Korean soil, including infiltrating a nuclear power plant in 1963 and kidnapping a North Korean general straight from his camp, who was later interrogated and executed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Information on this unit is so classified that the men who served in it have been unable to prove so, as it is not listed on their service records, and they have been denied veteran benefits for over 50 years, including but not limited to treatment for toxic chemical exposure, i.e., herbicides like the defoliant Agent Orange. The main reason the Pentagon refuses to recognize the service and sacrifice of these vets is the fact that, in carrying out their top-secret missions, treaty and other laws were violated, which would create a diplomatic firestorm if revealed.

The joint CIA-Army-Navy-Marines-Air Force unit operated out of South Korea from ASCOM City, near Inchon, and may still be functioning, although its top-secret nature precludes those without a need to know from confirming its existence. ASCOM, or Army Support Command, is a U.S. Army Materiel Support Center that “had its beginnings in the mid-1930s when the Japanese built a large supply depot and arsenal at Bupyong-Dong, Inchon City, to support their troops in Manchuria.” After the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II, Army Support Command Korea was established and acquired the acronym ASCOM.

I think most of you know where this is going.  Top Secret missions, Agent Orange and the shadowy super secret JCIAANMAFU (joint CIA-Army-Navy-Marines-Air Force unit) always deny veteran benefits to those who served.  I know dozens of MARMOOSEAL’s that completed BUD’s at Camp Klusterphuk and deployed to kill OBL and not one of them is being paid for their disabilities.

When a gullible Spousal Unit swallows one of these lunatics lures hook line and sinker it’s really sad to watch.   I usually try to give them additional leeway but wonder if maybe an intervention of some kind might help.  The “Skinny” on her husband can be found in the archives of our Governments storage facilities.

The wife of Oregon native Joseph Wayne Dunagan, one of the Ghost Walkers, who served in Korea from May 1962 to March 1964, reached out to this reporter with information she feels proves the unit’s existence. She explained how she began her quest over 15 years ago to force the U.S. government to honor its commitment to not just her husband but to all those who served in the unit. Dunagan was trained as a military policeman at Fort Gordon, Ga.

“I know that my husband’s eligible for benefits, and I know that what they asked him to do in Korea was exceptionally dangerous,” Mrs. Dunagan said. “It would scare the pants right off of you if you knew some of the stuff that they had those guys do.”

You can read the rest of this nonsense at the link below or suffer through the choppy video.  I would not recommend you try both.  Shame on the people that encourage these folks to make an ass of themselves.



Source: U.S. Ghost Walkers in North Korea – American Free Press

Category: "Teh Stoopid", Dumbass Bullshit, Korea, War Stories, YGBSM!!

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  1. Harry says:

    “I know that my husband’s eligible for benefits…”

    Translation: Pay ME!

    That’s all I needed to see.

  2. SgtBob says:

    Of course these 6-foot-tall Americans blended right in with indigenous North Korean peoples. The kidnap missions referred to had to take more than a week.

    • Combat Historian says:

      The Ghost Walkers all received dance lessons from Martha Graham as part of their TS/SCI commando training, so when they infiltrated into Norkieland they pretended to be a troupe of Russian kick dancers and balalaika players…

  3. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    “There’s a sucker born every minute.” – P.T. Barnum

    • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

      HL Mencken said something similar but a bit more wordy so of course I like that version….

      No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.

    • Twist says:

      Interesting fact, Barnum never actually said that. It was David Hannum when he was referring to one of Barnum’s hoaxes.

  4. Roh-Dog says:

    I knew a guy who secretly operated clandestinely secretly once.
    It took him two weeks to wash off the stink.
    Earned himself a MRE with Valour.

  5. The Stranger says:

    I’d be more inclined to give VA disability benefits to those brave souls who drank their way out of an Olongapo bar at 0400. Someone here recounted that harrowing tale of sacrifice here on TAH a few years back. The horror…*shudders*
    The horror.

  6. AnotherPat says:

    I remember this guy.

    Several of us had a discussion on him and his claims on TAH about a year ago.

  7. MrBill says:

    The author of the article took “we can neither confirm nor deny” to mean “we confirm”. That’s not what it means.

  8. AnotherPat says:

    Some info on him with a picture:

    “Special Ops Korea 62-64 Ghost Walkers Joseph served in a very elite Special Ops unit in Korea known as Ghost Walkers. He served 22 1/2 in Korea and was sent home because the North Koreans had a 1500.00 US dollar bounty on each member of his unit including him. Since the CIA ran all off shore Special Ops at that time it is presumed that the CIA has his and other Special Ops Vets records but they refuse to release them to the vets or to the VA so that these vets can get the benefits they were promised when they enlisted in the military.”

    • OWB says:

      That makes little to no sense at all. And the pic of the little boy with the coke bottle glasses? Sure, like THAT would blend in among the NorK population.

      Crazy, man.

      • Some Guy says:

        Just out of curiosity, if one was involved in one of those seekrit squirrel missions and assuming that the unit was sooo clandestine that it couldn’t be listed in the DD-214, wouldn’t they just list some kind of cover unit in it instead? Something along the lines of “A Co, 123rd Floorbuffer Bn, Camp Gangnam, S Korea”? And regardless of the nature of the mission, anyone injured should still have had access to medical care and be able to get everything documented in their medical jacket, no matter what unit they’re in. I’m sure they would have come up with some believable cover story for the Docs, if explaining the injuries threatened the secrecy of the mission. To paraphrase Chief Shipley, there are secret missions, but no secret SEALs.
        I dunno, probably just overthinking poser logic.

    • Green Thumb says:

      This is why I hate these legacy and oral tradition bullshit projects.

      No quality control.

      • rgr769 says:

        They don’t have any bullshit control, either. How many times have we seen that our POSers have put their fairytales of daring-do on one of these purported history sites.

  9. bim says:

    Looks like he took his story to the grave. Died 3-3-2018. I wonder what his headstone looks like?

  10. JacktheJarhead says:

    Ah, if it is a secret unit, why are you talking about it? First rule of Ghost Walkers, There are no Ghost Walkers!

    Someone has been watching too many movies or reading Mack Bolin Novels. Because that is what this sounds like.

  11. BlueCord Dad says:

    I damn near fell off my chair reading this one. They didn’t know where the plant was? They used a cruiser to get there? I can write a better tale than that. He must’ve been one high speed MP. Jack Reacher’s mother’s brother’s sister’s cousin’s boyfriend maybe? Sheesh.

  12. OldCorpsTanker72 says:

    This same fellow and his wife were featured in an American Legion magazine article a while back. Which did not do much for my opinion of the American Legion. That, and the fact that the American Legion insists that I am a “Vietnam veteran,” which I am not.

    • AnotherPat says:


      I thought your name looked familiar.

      You addressed this in a July 2018 TAH post.

      Here is the American Legion magazine article with the clip about Dunagan’s wife:

      “Barbara Wright’s late husband believed he was exposed to Agent Orange in Korea in 1962 and 1963. However, VA only recognizes claims from servicemembers who can establish they were at the DMZ between April 1968 and August 1971. Joe Dunagan was part of a clandestine Army special ops unit whose records remain classified, so he was never able to prove he’d served overseas, Wright says.”

      “Dunagan died in early March, soon after he was diagnosed with liver and lung cancer. Wright is pushing ahead with her survivor’s claim, including sending repeated records requests to DoD and the CIA. Struggling to get by on $600 a month, she is mystified that the government isn’t forthcoming more than 50 years after Dunagan came home. “If you served in Korea during the Vietnam War and need documentation for a VA claim and it isn’t in your 201 file, you are basically screwed,” Wright says. “When will somebody expose the..”

    • Green Thumb says:

      The Legion is falling and falling rapidly.

      I think they do not even care about quality control anymore/

  13. OWB says:

    Sorry. Tried to listen to the tape, but just could not stomach it right now. Maybe later. Maybe not.

    So, if we all just tell her that she is most honorable spouse and therefore every claim she makes must be true, she will be happy? Then maybe we could all get on with the Christmas and assorted other holiday merriment??

    Oh. Nobody seriously thinks that is all there is to it. OK.

    Let me know how that goes for ya. I just happen to be a surviving spouse and so am interested in hearing more about how making up stuff about the spousal unit’s military service could benefit ME. Does it matter if the lies originate from me or the spousal unit? Do I need documentation about such, and can the lies be from the spousal unit about MY military service? Would that get me even MORE $$???

  14. AnotherPat says:

    I know his wife was trying to help him get VA Disability for his back injury.

    He must not had it in his medical records, because he was seeking witnesses for the injury that he said happened in May 1964 at Fort Lewis:

    “Trying to locate: anyone who was at Ft. Lewis Wa in may 1964 and remembers my accident
    Branch of Service: Army
    Unit was: 32nd division infantry
    Where served: ft. lewis, wa.
    When served: 1964-
    Message is: looking for anyone who remembers the 5 or 6 guys that were trans-loading ammunition at night for shipment over seas. i hurt my back during that operation and need help in establishing compensation. any help you can give is appreciated. thanks
    Please contact: joseph wayne dunagan
    Mailing address: po box 1705
    City, State, Zip: pendleton, oregon 97801
    Or send email to joseph wayne dunagan”

  15. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    I have researched this at length late at night and into the early morn hours in my basement … wearing my Power Rangers pajamas and fluffy slippers.

    It is all true!

    Google it!

  16. Combat Historian says:

    Matt Damon can play him in the movie version “The Dunce Identity”. They can film it on location on Fort Lewis…

  17. Green Thumb says:

    A new breed of Posers will come forth….

    More like Turd Walkers.

  18. GDContractor says:

    If he had only secured a letter from a Captain of a USN Aircraft Carrier stating that there is no one he would rather go into combat with…


    • SFC D says:

      Capt. Matthew Yelland, USS NIMITZ (1980) could neither confirm nor deny that Joseph Wayne Dunagan was ever aboard his ship, at any time in history.

  19. AnotherPat says:

    His Wife posted this on a Korean War Veteran’s site:

    “This is an urgent plea to Anyone who served in Korea between early May 1962 and March 1964 and saw a squad of men with no insignia’s on their fatigue pants. This squad was ran by a Native American gentleman nicknames Injin. The squad worked at night and slept during the day and were camped outside camps and compounds in the 1st Cav area of Korea. My husband was a member of that unit and now is suffering from cancer thanks to his time in Korea. We need to get proof that he was in Korea to get his claims for benefits approved. We know that there has to be someone out there who either saw the guys out on night patrol or saw skinny coming and going from ASCOM Depot bringing prisoners. His records are so sanitized that you could eat off them and that hurts. Please spread the word that this vet needs big time help ASAP. We need his claims approved so we have money to go to doctors with and without proof that he was in Korea we are out of luck.”

    • Combat Historian says:

      “This is an urgent plea to Anyone who served in Korea between early May 1962 and March 1964 and saw a squad of men with no insignia’s on their fatigue pants….”

      I never worn any insignia on my fatigue pants during my entire Army career; I guess I was a top secret CIA commando and didn’t even know it…

      • Twist says:

        Didn’t the Marines used to wear their name tape over one of the back pockets of their BDU pants?

        • Combat Historian says:

          I know that Navy folks did that back in 2006-07 when I was in Iraq, so the Marines probably did that as well…

    • AnotherPat says:

      You can find this comment as well as other comments she wrote on this site. Her husband also was seeking assistance about Korea:

      This is so sad that he did this to her.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      “… men with no insignia’s on their fatigue pants.”

      The only time I have ever seen insignia on someone’s pants was at the Miss Rodeo America competitions, and ONLY after barrel racing was over.

      But I can’t discuss that because it’s probably still classified or something.

    • timactual says:

      “and saw a squad of men with no insignia’s on their fatigue pants.”

      I thought it was 1800 men. Pretty big squad.

      ” Native American gentleman nicknames Injin.”

      Obvious BS. We all know that Native American gentlemen were nicknamed “Chief”.

  20. Green Thumb says:

    I wonder if wearing those tactically-appropriate ponchos scared the hell out of the enemy?

  21. AnotherPat says:


    Pictures of ASCOM City/Depot from 1960-1972:

  22. Sandman says:

    Did ya’ll just uncover Chris ‘Military Secret Police’ Ford’s dad or something?

  23. Charles says:

    I’m sure the CIA Secret Squirrel recruiters would first seek an enlistee with an AFQT (Armed Forces Qualification Score) of 34 for a Top Secret task force. For those unfamiliar with that era AFQT scores, they were percentiles. Dunagan’s score of 34 means he outscored 33 out of a hundred other enlistees who took the test, while being outscored by 65 out of a hundred. His AFQT Category was III (roman numeral three). Had it been just a few points lower, Mr. Dunagan would have dropped to Category IV and would have needed a waiver to enlist. His qualification in arms entries are hard to read on the scanned image above, but it appears he was a Marksman (lowest possible passing score) on the M1 Carbine, and was Unqualified on the M1 Rifle.

    • rgr769 says:

      I get so sick of these pathetic losers who all think they can use a pack of lies on the VA to get a nice gov’t paycheck every month. If we treated them like the fraudsters they are, they could have their three hots and a cot where they belong, prison.

  24. Martinjmpr says:

    The “Ghost Walkers” were much more successful than the “Ghost Riders”, a squad of Nicolas Cage lookalikes who attempted to infiltrate North Korea on the back of flaming Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

    But on the flip side, the “Ghost Walkers” never inspired a movie, so there’s that.

  25. The Other Whitey says:

    I ran a medical aid call once on a drunk asshole who picked the wrong fight and got his ass handed to him. He claimed that he got all kinds of medals fighting in Korea. Then gave his age and DOB in…..1954. Got all pissed off at me when I said, “Yeah, no.”

    Sounds a lot like this guy.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Oh, well, but TOW, he did all of that while he was an egg in his mommy’s oveary, probably the left one. That’s how these guys learn all their ninja tricks and stuff.

  26. 5th/77th FA says:

    Sad. She, too, will go to her grave believing his rocking lie. There are any number of cases similar where the person has lied so much for so long to so many, that, in their minds and the minds of family, it is all true.

    Had/have one I’ve been tracking to drop the FOIA request on. When he found out I was lurking, he started the scrub thing. Wife and kids still believe he was a doorgunningreconsnippingairbornerangerforcerecon blackopsberet. Nam of the Viet hero.

    He did have some time in the GANG

    • Twist says:

      I feel bad for the spouses that don’t know any better that fall for the lie. They end up looking like fools. They pay for the lie because their husband cared more for their egos than they did for their wife.

    • timactual says:

      I get the impression she was more than willing to be deceived.

  27. mr.sharkman says:

    Not saying this is the case with this phony, BUT… 😉

    In the early 50s, the CIA did deploy paramilitary officers on advise & assist missions in N Korea and ChiCom occupied Tibet.

    Nearly all were former or sheep-dipped US Army or USMC combat arms.
    I had the supreme, undeserved honor of having drinks with 2 of them.

  28. Old Trooper says:

    “performed top-secret missions on North Korean soil, including infiltrating a nuclear power plant in 1963”

    That’s where I stopped reading. No need to lose more brain cells by continuing.

  29. Dustoff says:

    Common sense dictates that this would beyond difficult: inserting a team into a “denied” area.And as someone pointed out above a 6″2 pasty white boy such as myself, or a Black/Latino soldier would be beyond “sore thumb” category. Let’s go beyond that and say you get enough Korean-American soldiers who have complete knowledge of the language, customs, culture etc. The odds of this all coming together for such an op (especially in those days) would be astronomical.

    • rgr769 says:

      I was given a black SFC commo sgt for my SF exercise in southern Germany in 1973, he was the only person in my ODA who was school trained in the German language. Except for the commo functions (which he did superbly), he was useless to me. I couldn’t have him go into the small farm town where we were operating because every local who saw him would be asking, “Wo ist die Schwarze? (who is the black guy?).” Not something you want to happen when you and your team members are the subject of a law enforcement dragnet (part of the exercise, but the fuzz were also looking for two terrorists who were not Germans). Thus, commonsense made me keep him in the woods in our various base camps.

      • Combat Historian says:

        This was amply displayed and proven in various episodes of “Hogan’s Heroes”, when poor ‘ole Kinchloe was always kept back at Stalag 13 or hidden in the woods because he stood out like a sore thumb on actual missions…

  30. Martinjmpr says:

    For the polar opposite of this, I would recommend the following book: “In the Devil’s Shadow” which is about ACTUAL Special Operations during the Korean war.

    Spoiler alert: This is not a happy story. The nascent “special operations” that were run during the Korean war were almost 100% failures. In most cases, teams inserted covertly were captured or killed as soon as they landed due to OPSEC problems with their mostly Korean members.

    • Dustoff says:

      Looks like an interesting read. Along the same lines I did read one that I thought was a good story about an alleged “spec ops mission ” during the Korean War . I found it at the post library while stationed in Korea in the mid 80s (note to Ms. Dustoff: I did not spend all my time in Itaewon with ladies of low virtue, I did go to the library). Anyway it was for me a little hard to belive, but still a good tale.

      • Martinjmpr says:

        Oh, man, I skimmed through that one at Fort Bragg when I was there for ANCOC in 2002 and it’s 100% grade-A poser BS.

        Seriously, if you were playing “military faker bingo” you would cover your card halfway through the book.

        Recruited out of boot camp for a suicide mission? Check. Betrayed by his own side? Check. Records classified? Check. Lone survivor? Check.

        There’s not enough facepalm in the world for that book. To be fair, it came out a long time before the military poser epidemic started but it’s total, unadulterated crap.

        • Martinjmpr says:

          Here’s an excerpt from one of the Amazon reviews:

          “Once on the ground, the obviously-ghosted plot is taken straight from Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Barsoom novel “A Princess of Mars” (available on Project Gutenberg). None of the operational details is remotely accurate and story is downright preposterous. There is no way Stalin would have allowed Mao anywhere close to nuclear technology in 1952 or at any other time. If you don’t believe my analogy to Edgar Rice Burroughs, suffer through this book, read “A Princess of Mars” and note the following comparisons: Gardella = John Carter, The Dragon Lady = Dejah Thoris, Gunny = Kantos Kan, the Mongol lieutenant = Tars Tarkas. This is an awful book unless you enjoy melodramatic fiction. A better choice would be George Robert Elford’s Devil’s Guard.”