29Aug1951Soldiersdrowninriverarticle

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29Aug1951Soldiersdrowninriverarticle - Six American Soldiers Drown As Rising River...
Six American Soldiers Drown As Rising River Traps Truck Truman Orders Hero Buried in Arlington Plot WASHINGTON, Aug. 29. President Truman today ordered the burial in Arlington National Cemetery of a Winnebago Indian killed in action in Korea, whose interment was halted at Sioux City, la., because of his Indian blood. Mr. Truman acted after reading a news story that burial of the body of. Sgt. First Class John R. Rice, 37, was halted just as it was about to be lowered into the grave. The story which aroused the President quoted an army officer as saying the Winnebaga, Indian's burial was stopped by authorities of the the Sioux City Memorial Park Cemetery because "only members of the Sioux City race"' could be buried in the cemetery. Rice was killed in action, Sept. 6, MUNSAN, Korea, Aug. 29.—(,?)— Six American" soldiers drowned when the rapidly rising Imjin river trapped and overturned their truck. Seven companions on the truck escaped. Others Rescued Seventy-two other allied soldiers stranded by the erratic river were rescued by helicopters. Fourteen of them were saved after six hours on a broken pontoon bridge, fending off ' debris .that threatened to sweep their pontoon from its precarious perch in the dark. The men swept off the truck drowned in full view of their buddies on both banks of the Imjin. The army withheld their names. The tragedy occurred in the eerie gleam of floodlights trying to pierce the rain. Lights Used , Lights were turned on after the truck stalled about 30 feet from shore. Aboard were 13 men of the 24th Division returning to the United Nations side of the'river from patrol duty on the west bank.

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  1. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner,
  2. 29 Aug 1951, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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