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Re: "Let's drive out the Yankee murderers" - say the Korean teenage girls
The name Jack B. Farris brings back some memories. I
commanded an infantry company in the 2nd Infantry
Division when he was the CG. I can attest to the care
the division took in its relations with the locals in
those days. My company accidentally machine-gunned a
farmer at Hyongari Range north of Yonchon and things
were handled very smoothly and there were none of
these type of protests or articles.
The Army was also a little more tolerant of mistakes
in those days. In today's Army, I would have probably
been fired and have been doing the duffle bag drag the
very next day.
LTG Farris, if you get this email, a hearty "Second to
None" to you, sir. In my minds ear, I can still hear
the speech you gave when you took command and warned,
"Kim Il Sung, you stay on your side!"
2d Bn, 503d Infantry 1986-87
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Beth Cullom
> To: KOREAN-WAR-L@raven.cc.ku.edu
> Cc: Jack Farris
> Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2002 10:54 AM
> Subject: Re: "Let's drive out the Yankee
> murderers" - say the Korean teenage girls
> I have shared ysk's post with Lt.G. Jack B. Farris
> (ret.), who has given me permission to share his
> response with the group.
> Beth Cullom
> Jack Farris <JackFarris@andrewcollege.edu>
> Beth: Where did you get this thing? What a
> bungled nightmare. I commanded the 2d ID for two
> years and lived at Red Cloud. For every Korean
> killed or seriously injured by my troops, I called
> on the family with the local mayor within hours to
> apologize and offer financial compensation, as was
> the custom. Thus, I never had a problem like this.
> I wonder if this is a balanced report.
> Sure you can use my comments. Either CG 2d ID
> has lost his marbles or this is a very biased
> report. I suspect it's biased. This is not the way
> we handle situations like this in the Army. Jack
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