The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 11, 1950 · Page 2
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TWO BtiTTRETTLLB (AHK.V COURIER HRW1 TUESDAY, JULY 11, 19M Execution of U. S. Soldiers Is Reds' Answer to Pleas for 'Civilized' War •7 WtUlu* K. Moor* < HEAR THE FRONT IN KOREA, July II. W}—I Mw t*'° ()ea[i Amer- k»n «oldler» yesterday who had been »hot through the head. Their hand« w»n tied behind them. This Wfca Communist North Kore»'« answer to the plen ol the International Bed Cro«s Jor humane treatment of prisoners In Korea's civil war. O«ner»l MacArthur has ordered United Nations troops lighting In Korea to observe the civilized rules of warfare. M»]. Gen. Chung U Know, chief ol staff of the South Korean orces, has issued orders to his troops to obMrre MacArthur's instructions. The two soldiers lay Just off » mnln road which carried the vital frantic traffic supplying front line fighters. They had been there since yesterday morning, I was told later by Infantry officers at rear command posts. These officers said three Americans had been tied and shot in the head but I saw only the two bodies. Olhers Reported Killed (Yesterday, Lt. D. C. Gates, Joln- ervlll, Tex., reported seven American soldiers, their hands tied behind, ht\d been shot to death by North Koreans. There was no Indication whether (he three reported . today were some of those, or additional atrocities.) I found no one who witnessed these tlayings. Based on what was known of the fighting at this point early Monday, the belief was held generally that the soldiers. rldinK in * jeep In the morning mist, suddenly found themselves only 20 yards or so from a North Korean tank. With. the tank guns raised upon them, they Jumped out and surrendered. Their bodies showed what happened nfterward. One of the green clad corpses lay face downward, the other on Us side. Cloth bands about three Inches wide, like the bandages each American soldier carries in his first aid kit, were tied so tightly around the wrists of each that the hands showed purplish brown, the arms above the thongs much lighter. Fog Aldi lUdfi The gravel road at this point cuts through a small ridge. Below each approach to this small hill lie green rice paddles which stair- step steeply down to a small river. Two Russian-built tanks were •aid to have pushed through the morning fog to the top of this ridge, retreating alter a hot sun burned away the fog. I reached this hill late In the afternoon aboard a tank retriever •—an'armored tank-like vehicle that pulls disabled tanks back to safety. Almoit Immediately the deadly crescendo of a fighting plane's dive, which sounded as if It were coming toward us, caused all aboard to hit toe ground. The plane had another target—a stalled or damaged •nemy Unk. It was a few hundred yard* from the foot of the hill on the side toward the front line. The road makes a left turn at the foot of this hill. An American tank was just off the road at this bend. We had halted at the top of the rise beside another American tank. WhUe recovering from the confu- aton of the tal» air attack, I probably said something senseless to the tank crew. The tank retriever buck«d forward without me. Go Arter Tank lr Wt'r» going down to get that mtmy.tank," one of tn« crew shouted back. It was then T saw the two bodies on the opposite side of the road. Probably It was the dead soldiers' jeep that we had found croM- wi»« on the hill coming up. The retriever smashed Into It once, then shoved it off the road. Tankmen want a clear road. Almost at the top of the hill was another Jeep, 1U front caved In and * rood part of It blown away. A Unk tiring at close range c.ou'iA do that kind of damage. I assumed the jeep belonged to soldiers whose gun position was off to the right, near th* ruins of a Korean house, Ik thatched roof now black and smoking on the ground. I hoped the crew hart seen the long gun of the enemj tank when It ABOUT THE SIZE OF MIMrVESOTA-The whole Korean peninsula is just a bit larger than the slate of Minnesota, as the composite Newsmap above illustrates. Korea takes in 85,206 square miles, compared to Minnesota's 84,682. However, Korea's population— estimated at 28,200,000— If almost 10 limes that of Minnesota. munition «T«T this till!. . . or carried rations to the front. . . cau- lou» Infantrymen going forward, , . ,nd medical aid men had similar words. They expressed disbelief. . . hock. . . then grim, hot anger. Three stretcher jeeps, with both Negro anil white soldiers In their crews, paused a few minutes to get •cports on the road ahead. They >robahly picked up the dead soldiers on their return. My tank retriever, a few minutes after It ground down the hill, came cluttering back at a high speed. It did not slow down. "That means some one in It got rturt," one of the tankmen declared. Later I found he was right, a sniper's bullet got a soldier In the shoulder. Wounded M»n Has to Walk After a lime a lean, harried look- ng soldier limped hurriedly up the lill. He was from the fr?nt.. ; Where's some transportation?" the wounded man gasped. "There isn't any," a tank man told him. "Wcli. I've already had my shot." the lenn mnn said, meaning the pain Wiling rtnig given him at the front line aid station. He was breathing henviiy from the hot climb anil thfi wound and the opiate. The infantryman decided to walk him back and a tank man said to me. "Maybe you hRd better go alonj? with them—we don't know how hot it Is coing to net around here.' Neither dirt I; (here had been scattered popping and machinegun rattles on both sides. Starting down the hill I noticed for the first time the body of a North Korean soldier, sprawled on his back Just off the road to the right. At the foot of the hill thr road was built up about six feet above the rice paddles It crossed. Horizontal Entrance CHICAGO (AP)—William Acland was standing In the lobby of a near north side hotel when he. suv a pun-bearing robber enter the pl.ice. Acland headed for the cocktail loxince on the run. He fell, started to roll nnd kept on rolling Into the barroom—an entry Ui:tt made quite an Impression on the customers. I i *J > PIMPLES Disappear Fast poked through the loir and hart ITcd through the small leafy lrce.s behind the house to safety. The tank men had plenty to say nbout the North Koreans who killed the two men \n the road. It was in terms soldiers use when ordinary words fail. 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