War: Ambush at Hoengsong

Forty half-burned trucks and jeeps and the blown-out barrels of six 155-millimeter field pieces were scattered along the road. In the vehicles and under them lay the burned and decomposed bodies of U.S. and South Korean soldiers. Other bodies, stripped of their uniforms, sprawled by the roadside.

This was the sight met last week by advancing U.S. Marines two miles northwest of Hoengsong. It was part of the most horribly concentrated display of American dead since the Korean war began. Near the road the marines found two wounded, half-frozen U.S. soldiers—a 19-year-old infantry corporal, and a 35-year-old pfc. in the artillery. They...

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