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Who done it?
Please bear in mind that this is from a fifty-year-old memory and some of the
memory is sketchy. On one of the days (probably Sept. 17,18 or 19) following
the Inchon Landing my platoon was assigned to guard the right flank of the
battalion as it marched up what I believe was the Inchon-Seoul Road.
In search of a potential enemy lying in bushwhack, my platoon made its
way through the fields a couple hundred yards from the main body marching up
the road. I was the furthest man from the road and as my platoon moved
through the fields I came upon a dike. To make sure there was no enemy lying
in wait on the other side of the dike I climbed to the top of the dike. When
I got to the top of the dike I let out an audible moan when I gazed into the
field on the other side of dike.
The field had numerous, long rows of freshly dug shallow trenches.
Lying dead on the ground between the rows of trenches were what my memory
tells me were hundreds of executed civilians (maybe there were more and maybe
there was less). Today I mostly remember that the victims were mainly women
and children in their white summer dress. Even though I said I remember
mostly woman and children that's not to say they weren't mostly men. All I
really remember is that there before my eyes was the evidence of a mass
execution and for whatever reason the victims had yet to be buried.
I called to the platoon leader to come to the top of the dike. I then
called down to a couple of my buddies and told them what was on the other
side of the dike. Before I knew it the Lt. and the rest of the platoon were
on top of the dike to witness the results of a mass execution. I do not
remember how the platoon got the word back, but I do remember that the
platoon was ordered to stay at the site until people from HQ got there.
I remember after waiting quite a long while a group of helicopters
came flying in. How many I have no recollection, but I do remember they were
carrying Marines with cameras and a lot of brass. After the helicopters
landed and the brass and the cameramen got busy doing their job, my platoon
didn't stay on cite, but went on its way in pursuit of the rest of the
This was not a simple case of "war-rage" in which some troops have
been personally hurt or offended by a deed done against them and in a blind
rage executed people on the spot. The uniform rows of open graves with neat
rows of the executed would attest to an act of premeditation. This was truly
a war crime, a serious crime against humanity.
For all the men running around with cameras, in all the books I have
read on Korea, you would think that I would have seen a picture and a story
of this incident. Unlike No Gun Ri and other battle related killings, this
was simply cold blooded murder. Who did it, North Koreans, South Koreans? I
didn't know then and I certainly don't know now. However, I'm sure that if
Americans did it - the whole world would know and somebody would be looking
Have a nice day -Don