War: On the Hill This Afternoon

TIME Correspondent Frank Gibney was in Pusan last week when the first troops of the U.S. 1st Marine Division, confident and well equipped, arrived from the U.S. and moved out to the front. Later, Gibney went up to join a regiment of the U.S. 4th Infantry Division, which had been fighting steadily for 31 days. What he saw, a platoon-eye view of the war, gave a very different picture from sweeping communiques of how the Americans were doing in Korea. Gibney cabled:

JAMES SHELTON, a 21-year-old private from Company D, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry...

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