cpl. payne relates ted war's horror

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* * * * * * . First-Hand Account Given . CpL Payne Relates Red War's Horror "I've seen a lot of things . . . I've been through a lot of'things ... I don't want to go through them again.' NO TRUCE SEEN IN OIL QUARREL Iranian Premier \Vanfs To Keep Oil Flowing To West — Crisis Is N earing Explosion Stage. TEHRAN, Inn, Ju Premier Mohammed Mossadegh sent an urgent pervonil meMafe to President Truman today. Informed Informed sources said U expressed a desire to keep Iran's oil flowing- to the west. These sources said Ihe message, sent after a late night cabinet session, session, showed no hint of compromising compromising the bitter dispute between Iran and Britain over nationalization nationalization of the Anglo-Iranian oil company's company's holdings. Fesrs are being expressed expressed that the crisis is near the explosion stage. It was plain that government circles circles were concerned over the threat of mass resignations by the AIOC's 2.800 British employes. Should the British managers and technicians pull out, the billion-dollar oil Industry Industry here would, in all probability. probability. have to close. down. Western Europe's defense Is largely fueled by Iranian western oil. The statement yesterdsr !IT !!. S. Secretary of Stale Dean Acheson Acheson appealing for a stop-gap arrangement arrangement which would let the British employes stay in Iran la keep thc.oil moving waj believed to have had an effect on Iranian officials. v U. U. S. Ambassador Henry F. Grarly was handed the message for Tru- msfn by Foreign Minister Baghcr Kazcmi in a brief meeting. The middle-of-the-road newspaper Atesh said the message expressed Iran's desire to keep the oil flow- ng but blamed the British for mass resignations which might slop it. India's Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru messaged Mossadegh urging a policy of moderation In the Interests Interests of world peace. The Anglo-Iranian Oil Company reportedly expects word from London London to send its remaining Dritlsh employes home and shut down. Women Women and children have all gone and the British cruiser Mauritius was Cpl. Raymond Victor Payne, a 19- year-old lad with a broad* grin and friendly eyes, a lad who hail seen Ihe hell of war »nd (he viciousness of battle, with all the seriousness he could muster made the above statements. And can you blame him? He's, Just returned from Korea where lie experienced night-and-day torture with Ihe fabulous Second Division Take a couple of days in November for instance. On November ;* the Chinese pounded touthward In wives. The 11. S. Second Division ttubbornly ffl! back, first toward Won and then farther south toward Konu. A perimeter was held at Kunu until until everything could be'brought •cross the Chongehon lo the east bank. Meanwhile, the divisional command command post had been set up about eight miles southeast of Kunu. On the morning of November 29. re- pork arrived lhat an enemy roadblock roadblock had .been established on the ICiinu-Suchon road, about three miles from the command post. Several Several vehicles trying to reach Slin- chon, 19 miles south of Kunu, had been shot up. A company of infantry and two platoons of tanks were sent tn hreak through. They came back at dusk, reporting that the enemy was firm- entrenched. One lank wo.s lost. ANOTHER ATTACK The night of November 29-30. the Chinese threw everything they had at the division. The command post came under lire about midnight, when 10 to 15 mortar rounds dropped dropped among the tenLs, Meanwhile, frantic messages were pouring In from front-line command posti. They tolrt of ammunition shortages and battalions wiped out. All posts B.skeii,'"Is the roadblock open? Can we get out toward Sun- chon?" The answer was a terse "No." Payne and his division were trap- Jed for six days behind the pas-s before they finally broke through. One news article quoted an offi- "All morning we kept asking (he Ninth If they had cracked the roadblock roadblock and 'they kept saying they tiadn't quite eliminated It. About noon we decided to run Ihe roadblock. roadblock. "With a reconnaissance group leading the way, we^started out. The slow, lumbering eight-inch howitzers were put to the rear of the line. "It took most of Ihe vehicle! four to five hours to run the blockade. The Chinese were pour- in» !n Sire from the fidles alon* the road and at every vantage point where there was • turn. Trucks slopped to pick up the wounded. Sinlnj them two tiers deep. The general's vans were used to carry wounded soldier*. "The roadblock had to be run. It was kill or be killed. I was firing firing all the time. The assistant G-2 (intelligent officer) was right beside me when he was hit. A bullet drilled iiim right through the heart, and lie fell on top of me." Payne, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry I,. Payne of Alexis, arrived home Friday night, June IS. He sailed for Korea July 21, 1950, and landed there August 5. He was In battle most-of the time while there. The corporal will report back lo Ft. Jackson, S. C., July 15 to finish his 16 months enlistment period. IK: "I'm proud to be out of that place <orea), and hope I'll never go back' ;ain," he said. !*. i

Clipped from The Gastonia Gazette28 Jun 1951, ThuPage 15

The Gastonia Gazette (Gastonia, North Carolina)28 Jun 1951, ThuPage 15
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