NATIONAL DEFENSE: For Small Fires

Was the U.S. ready for Korea?

Obviously, the U.S. had been caught by surprise. Harry Truman had been weekending in Missouri. Lieut. Colonel W. H. Sterling Wright, acting head of the U.S. Korean Military Advisory Group, had been in Tokyo. General MacArthur's chief air officer, Lieut. General George E. Stratemeyer, was somewhere on the West Coast, on his way back from service on an officers' selection board in Washington. The chief of naval operations for the South Korean navy was in Pearl Harbor, picking up some PCs turned over by the U.S. Vice-Admiral...

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