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Whilst those males have been introduced in via the M. P. ’s, their commanding officer stated, “You fellows have had effortless jobs in the back of the strains, yet you haven’t preferred it. to your punishment, i will placed you within the entrance traces. ” might be this captain was once correct. He placed of those males in a heavy mortar outfit and others with a machine-gun unit. They have been in fierce front-line struggling with for twenty-one days and twenty-one nights. possibly they deserved this, for the reason that different males were on lengthy accountability in conflict with no mess-hall responsibility in the back of the traces or bathe baths after paintings. Their list in conflict used to be by no means puzzled. yet those 4 males have been pulled out, introduced again and courtroom martialed for violation of the seventy fifth Article of struggle end result of the incident that had occurred 3 weeks earlier than, miles in the back of the traces. They have been sentenced to 20 years each one for misbehavior prior to the enemy. the single crime which they can conceivably be charged with concerned using a jeep, with out permission, which has now not but been charged opposed to them. OFFICER habit How might officials of our military behave in this type of method? The authentic documents proved that they did, however the cause of their habit used to be nonetheless missing. My final Sunday in Korea used to be spent at a truly ahead place of the twenty fourth Infantry Regiment, the place I talked to the main guy in each corporation of the regiment and of the 159th box Artillery battery. those males knew what was once in the back of those courts-martial operations. The Regiment’s ahead positions have been then moved north of Seoul. that they had simply taken an airstrip six hours sooner than we received there. those squaddies have been survivors of the motion happening ahead of and through the 3 months of courts-martial. there has been one guy whose father have been within the regiment for two decades, and he’s been in it for 9. I talked to approximately seventy of those veterans, asking them to inform me what have been occurring final summer season and fall. One after one other, all of them acknowledged an identical factor. The regiment’s morale have been at a disastrously low ebb. Their white officials have been routinely Southerners who had introduced their prejudices with them whilst assigned to responsibility with the twenty fourth Infantry. again and again those officials instructed the boys whom they have been going to reserve into conflict, “I despise nigger troops. I don’t are looking to command you or the other niggers. This department is not any strong, and also you are awful. You don’t understand how to struggle. ” i can't think a worse scenario in strive against, the place a guy doesn't care what occurs to these serving below him. there isn't any approach to make the warriors care much less what will take place to the result of the battling, or to their officials. CASUALTIES excessive The casualty premiums one of the enlisted males and officials was once disproportionately excessive. and the way may it now not aid yet be excessive, if you are following such leaders? This wasn’t informed approximately one officer, yet approximately a number of, by means of struggling with males who weren't courtroom martialed and definitely had no cause to inform something however the fact. This defined those courts-martial lawsuits to me.