The best to be said of Korea was that the worst had not happened. The U.S. forces threatened with annihilation a fortnight ago had not been destroyed, and were not likely to be destroyed. Lieut. General Walton H. Walker's rapid withdrawal of the Eighth Army saved most of it; the fighting retreat of the X Corps in the northeast saved most of that command, too (see below).

Despite uncountable acts of individual and group heroism, the morale of the surviving U.S. troops had been severely shaken by the knowledge that all their shiny...

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