Saving Wally Walker

Left: Wally Walker. Seated: Jose Mares.

For Jose Mares, it wasn’t much of a choice: prison or war.  But in Korea he excelled and had close friends, especially Wally Walker.  Both of their lives take a terrible turn when Jose makes a promise he isn’t able to keep.

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Producer: Stephanie Foo