COMMAND: Sic 'Em, Ned

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One day last June, when the North Koreans were pouring down from the 38th parallel, Douglas MacArthur's hard-pressed Chief of Staff rammed through a phone call from Tokyo to Seoul.

Major General Edward Mallory Almond was impatient to hear the latest battlefront news from U.S. military adviser Colonel Sterling Wright. A near-hysterical Korean operator broke into the call. "Oh, save us, save us, General Almond," she wailed. Tart-tongued in moments of exasperation, the Chief of Staff answered: "What in the hell do you think we're trying to do? Whose planes do...

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