SOUTH KOREA: The PX Affair

Where U.S. troops encamp overseas for any length of time, two things often occur: coveted, cut-rate PX goods appear in the local black market, and the American boys find their way into the hearts of the local girls. South Korea, with its 50,000 G.I.s, is no exception: some $90,000 in U.S. goods vanishes monthly into Korea's flourishing black market, and in Korea no fewer than 575 Korean girls are wives of U.S. servicemen.

The Eighth Army's General Carter B. (for Bowie) Magruder apparently concluded that there was a connection between these two facts, and so, a fortnight ago in Seoul,...

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