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Re: A Cautionary Tale! Gen. Almond's exit
In Response To: Re: A Cautionary Tale! ()
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 01:33:38 EDT
Hi Bennie: "In 1950, no one knew if Korea represented the opening shots in a new World War and perhaps the aim of the Chinese Communists was to tie down U.S. Forces in Asia while the Soviets struck in Europe." ( War in Korea 1951-53 D.M.Giangreco)
Mac Arthur was fired in mid January and his former deputy Chief of Staff, Lt. General Mathew B. Ridgway was appointed Commander of the Eighth Army and then was appointed on Tuesday, Dec. 26,1950, as Commander of U.N. Ground Forces. Lt. Gen. James A. Van Fleet was appointed Commander of the Eighth Army.
I don't know for sure what happened to Almond, but I suspect he was quietly sent to Japan with Mac Arthur or to the states under a cloud, to say the least, after his leadership of the 1st. Marine Division.
He and his staff have the blood of thousands on their hands, but unlike the 92nd divison fiasco in Italy, he was not rewarded this time. Some of our P.O.W.'s have never been found who were sent to North Korea, China, Manchuria and Russia. MIA'S of the korean War !
Gen. Edward "Ned" Almond, was selected by General George C. Marshall, "A fellow Virginian" and like Marshall ( "The Marshall Plan" ) a graduate of Virginia Military Institute VMI, to command the 92nd, Division.
"Almond himself stated the reasons General Marshall chose him: "I being from Virginia, had an understanding of Southern customs and Negro capabilities". "For the black troops the choice was disastrous."
"Almond's staff sent one of the lead infantry regiments of the 92nd to the front without AMMUNITION !
The mix up arose from Almond's policy of not allowing black troops to have live ammunition unless absolutely necessary - he simply didn't trust them." "THe Hairstons" by Henry Wiencek ( As told by Lt. Joseph Henry Hairston, who was there)
The moral here is; you don't have to go back to the Civil War, or the "Buffalo Soldiers", to see the unlevel playing field in which human beings are needlessly killed and wounded.
Best Regards to you Bennie,