Tuesday, July 30, 1968 The Courier News Blytheville, Arkansas
(Ark.) Courier News -- Tuesday, July 39,19M - Pace FlvÂ» the Second Line of Defense For Korea in By BOB POOS WITH U. S. YTH DIVISION, Korea (AP) -- Soldiers of the U. S. 7th Division are carrying member 1950 when tho Commu-. tions force a solid anchor north i invader already worn down of Seoul that might present an I from battering through South insurmountable obstacle to an I Korea's) first defense. nists overran the "Special City" as they call it and came close to conquering all South out with picks, shovels, air-1 Korea, hammers and bulldozers a new The new concept was appar- concept of defense against a ently inspired by the January repeat of the 1950 Communist I crisis when a team of North invasion of South Korea. | Korean agents tried to kill Until fairly recently, most | President Chung Hee Park, faith in defense against another I Two days later North Korean invasion was placed on a series of fortificationa strung along the 151-mile-wide Korean demilitarized zone, massive U. S. aerial retaliation a n d the gunboats captured the U. S. intelligence ship Pueblo. * * * This idea calls for a second massive line of fortificatons hoped-for ability of the Korean across the Seoul corridor about army and the U. S. 2nd and 7th 120 miles north of the capital. It divisions to contain the Communists along the Imjin River near the DMZ. No one has ever officially admitted it, but if North Koreans cracked the defensive line and came streaming down the 20- mile-wide corridor that is classic invasion route to South, the allies would probably have to fall back and dig in on the south bank of the Han River. As one military observer understated it: "This is not particularly appealing to the Koreans as Seoul is on the north bank." ' A good portion of the capital's four million citizens re- is called the Papa Line. Work started on it in earnest in June and a considerable amount of the bunkers have been finished. Eventually, the whole system will be linked by a series of trenches, both for defense and for communications. Just how near completion it is remains classified information but officers say they are pleased wth progress The line, no matter how strong it will be -- and it will be a massive series of in-depth forts -- is not the sole hope for the defense of South Korea. But the Papa Line, if nothing else, will give the United Na- GORGEOUS GUSSIE MORAN caused a furor among ten. nis spectators when she appeared in short shorts, left,,in 1951. Today, she isn't shocking anyone, but still wean fancy tennis togs, right.