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21Aug1952FloodkillsSoldiersinKoreanRiver - 44 state ever anc per the al con and Flash...
44 state ever anc per the al con and Flash Flood Drowns GFs KOREA--(U.R)--A flash flood that z-oared down a shallow Korean river engulfed a platoon of soldiers soldiers with a nine-foot wall of water and carried 30 of them to their deaths Monday, it was disclosed today. · · . " . ' An army officer said the tragedy was "an act of God.". except for eight men in a three- quarter-ton truck following them. As the truck began to cross, the men inside looked up and down the stream. Nothing appeared to the torrent. be out of the ordinary. ' BUT JUST as the platoon was halfway across, the water began ing the ;sweep of typhoon "Karen' an alarming rise. It - caught the across Korea .earlier this survived. They were washed to safety on the shore or swept to higher sandbars. · The, survivors said the platoon, a part of the 45th .division and former Oklahoma national guard outfit, had started to slosh across the stream at a shallow ford. At the time the water was only rapidly-rising water. knee-lugh. Th« men wer« on foot iy ashpre stood helplessly on the and- watched their fellow ·ioldlers struggle in vain against ONliY 11 MEN of the platoon soldiers without warning arid knocked them off their feet. The motor of the truck stalled. The force-of the water overturned it arid swept Its passengers downstream. downstream. · ing the platoon .drowned while The men who were washed Hfe- The flash flood resulted from officer; said .-flash' floods are especially especially treacherous - in the rainy season. Water: courses, down' the steep hills nd converge in gushing floods into ..the rivers. . Four bodlMr were -recovered. A ^WEUTENANT 'who was ; lead- The army- is 'dragging the for the 1 other 26 listed as missing. trying to lead his men out of the Names-·were withheld notification of next of kin. p^ewitneiie Story, File 12) heavy rains in the mountains

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  1. Tucson Daily Citizen,
  2. 21 Aug 1952, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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