US did nothing to stop mass-executions in South Korea


Don't you just love attention grapping headlines, which don't quite include all the details. It is always interesting to see the interpretations made by people who don't try to understand the mentality of the individuals involved and the events as they were occuring. It always seems to take place all by itself, with nothing else going on and nobody is tired, scared hungry or has been shot at recently. News article here.

Some of what they forget to mention was that KMAG was an advisory group with no command powers, which consisted at the beginning of the Korean War of about 241 officers and men total.

Although MacArthur had command of South Korean forces from early in the war, he took no action on this report, other than to refer it to John Muccio, U.S. ambassador in South Korea.
Not trying to defend his actions, but MacArthur was given operational control over South Korean forces, not command.

It was the British who took action, news reports at the time said. On Dec. 7, in occupied North Korea, British officers saved 21 civilians lined up to be shot, by threatening to shoot the South Korean officer responsible. Later that month, British troops seized "Execution Hill," outside Seoul, to block further mass killings.
Appears that the British had a little more guts to make a stand than the US commanders. By the time the British ground forces arrived the main attack southwards had been contained and there wasn't any excuse for the continued executions, unless they had been convicted by a courts martial. This was done during the anti guerrila operation during 1951-52 so it was possible.

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