KOREAN TALES by Lt. Col. Melvin B. Vorhees

KOREAN TALES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A collection of pieces by a former newspaperman, attached to EUSAK (The Eighth U.S. Army in Korea) for a period of eighteen months which forms an observant to critical commentary on the many factors and forces which underlie this strange war. And from the background of political confusion, to the front lines where the struggle to stay alive is the one sure thing, this makes up a record in which the stoicism of a stricken people in a sterile land, the gallantry of the fighting men, and the inadequacy of the material all play their part. There are the lonely thoughts of the soldier- in action and afraid; the parleys in Kaesong as conferences and casualties pile up from day to day; an isolated, heroic act of battle in which three tanks held a strategic bridge; the Generals- MacArthur, Ridgway, Van Fiest and Walker; the U.N. units and the problems of mixed diets and dialects; the press- and its dim view which did not brighten morale; Korea's first President; and of course- the enemy..... Personal rank notwithstanding, Vorhees polishes no brass, fires some direct hits at the circuitous conduct of the war in the bewilderment of power politics; but at the same time his experiences and comments form a direct tribute and an often moving memorial to the soldiers and civilians in the ""Korean pit"".

Pub Date: Nov. 11th, 1952
Publisher: Simon & Schuster