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In a message dated 1/31/2002 4:16:51 PM Pacific Standard Time, email@example.com writes:
While the State Department was not
overjoyed at having to use Rhee, they put him in power.
MacArthur had nothing to do with that decision.
True, State Dept. eventually changed its position and
supported him later. MacA provided his own plane to
take Rhee to Seoul.
You are mistaking "Korean Provisional Government," which
was located in China, with "The Korean Government in Exile"
which had offices in Honolulu, Hawaii. This was the organization
the U.S. State Department recognized as representing Korea.
There was no such KG in Exile in Hawaii. Rhee established
an office called Korea Commission in the US but it was never
recognized by the State Dept. However, Rhee approached OSS
and found a friend in Col. Goodpaster who helped him in the
postwar period such as going back to Seoul.
Are you familiar with Goodpaster?