THE NOGUN-RI MASSACRE: OUR READERS
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I was a 7th Infantry Division foot soldier in early 1951. When our troops stopped the Chinese Spring Offensive cold in 1951 and began to drive them North, the few N.S. roads were jammed with refugees fleeing South. None, in my memory, were running toward the North. They were sometimes 4 and 5 abreast with A-frames bearing all they owned.
Our military ordinance had to be deployed thru the unbroken line of fleeing refugees. Overhead shots or warning shouts would not stop these poor folks. Urgency seemed to demand deployment through their lines were we to survive. It was rough on the Koreans and it was rough for us. It was hell.
Well, war is hell. Somebody smarter than me figured that out a long time ago. If this atrocity occurred I ask your understanding and forgiveness. The troops had to do what they had to do. We did the best we could at the time, as I recall.
From: Johnny Bang
To the Editors of
My name is Johnny Bang.
I’m a 1.5 generation Korean-American.
I am a graduate of
TO THE AMERICAN VETERANS OF THE KOREAN AND OUR FELLOW AMERICANS:
As you may have recently heard or read, it has been
There have been
other controversies, such as the American use of chemical weapons against other
Due to the nature
of the charges, however, we ask that the
If indeed there
was a massacre at Nogun-ri, we want to make it
absolutely clear that we and most of our fellow Korean-Americans will not
condemn an entire nation for the atrocious behavior of a few depraved individuals. We remember that over 5.7 million Americans
served during the Korean War—a vast majority having done so in a manner to make
And we cannot
and will not forget that 54,246 Americans sacrificed their lives so that a
country they never heard of and its people could continue to live and later
thrive in freedom. We, in fact, would
not be here in
We do not mean to state that the Nogun-ri Massacre, if true, is inconsequential. Nevertheless, the deaths of hundreds, however unnecessary and tragic, must not be allowed to take attention away from the millions of lives that were saved by American intervention nor from the countless South Koreans who died fighting side-by-side with their American compatriots against communist aggression. Upon the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, let us not reflect upon the evil of a few men, but rather upon the evil of war itself.
(Signed) Johnny Bang; Ben Choi, Esq.; J.H. Choi, 16 Committee; Pastor Chung, Grace United Methodist Church; Dr. Chuck Kim; John Kim, President, Korean-American Assoc. of South NJ; P.J. Kim, V.P., Student Government, Princeton; S.Y. Kim, Esq.; Young D. Kim, DVM, former Pres., KAA-SNJ; Korean American Assoc. of NY (as a group); Myong Chol Lee, Pres., K-A Association, Inc. – ROK Chapter; Young Bin Lee, MD, former Pres., K-A Assoc. of NJ; Pastor Park, Harvest Ministries 2nd Generational K-A Church; Young Sook Sim, Pres., K-A Community Service Center – NJ.