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[KOREAN-WAR-L:11358] Re: MASH ethics
>>At 09:43 PM 2/12/2004, you wrote:
Taking a hill just to prove we could is just "an investment in management
ego" and is, in my mind, criminal.<<
If that were the case, I'd agree but Pork Chop Hill and the other hills in
that complex were of tactical importance at the time since they gave U.N.
troops command of the river valley to the north. It was important to hold
this terrain for the next planned advance -- which never happened because
the cease-fire talks began.
Conversely, this same hill complex was important to the Chinese and North
Koreans because it would give them command of the river valley to the
south, plus they needed to keep us from controlling there planned advances,
which included an attack down the Uijonbu-Seoul corriidor. Thus this
entire piece of terrain became some of the most fought over in the world in
the next two years.