The U.S. finally learned some of the cost of its retreat in Korea. It was high, and in each individual case a matter of immense grief to those near & dear, but in cold military statistics, it was not nearly so high as the nation had feared after the first reports.

General MacArthur's headquarters reported that 11,964 U.S. troops were killed, wounded or missing in 19 days of fighting immediately before or after the Chinese Communists launched their crushing attack on Nov. 27. The total did not include 22,000 more men listed as non-battle casualties, most of them the victims of...

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