War: Liberation

"It's just like old times," said Douglas MacArthur to the assembled big wheels at Kimpo airfield. The Supreme Commander's silvery new Constellation SCAP had just flown him in from Tokyo for another historic ceremony of liberation.

In a five-starred Chevrolet sedan, trailed by four other staff cars, 40 jeep-loads of newsmen and lesser brass, MacArthur rolled over the dusty road to Seoul. Along the capital's Mapo Boulevard, where the rubble of siege and street fighting had been hastily swept up, the general took the salute of South Korean troopers, the polite applause of white-garbed civilians.

The cavalcade pulled up at the Capitol, a...

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