Battle for Korea: A History of the Korean Conflict

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7
Ridgway Takes
Charge

The deepest days of December 1950 were a turning point in the Korean War. A new ground commander was needed to replace Eighth Army's Walton Walker, who, like his mentor George Patton, was killed in a vehicle accident. Walker had presented a Silver Star to his son, Lt. Sam Walker, and was on his way to give an ROK Presidential Unit Citation to a British brigade. The general was killed when his jeep collided with a weapons carrier. (President Syngman Rhee ordered the South Korean truck driver put to death, but his sentence was commuted to three years in prison.) The 61-year-old Walker, who defended the Pusan perimeter by moving his combat units like the queen on a chessboard, was posthumously promoted to a four-star general.

Above: Lt. Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, Eighth Army commander, inspects front line positions with Maj. James H. Lee of Dallas, Texas.

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Table of contents

  • Battle for Korea - A History of the Korean Conflict *
  • Contents *
  • Maps *
  • Sidebars *
  • 1 - Surprise Invasion and U.S. Intervention *
  • 2 - Pusan Perimeter *
  • 3 - Inchon *
  • 4 - Across the 38th Parallel *
  • 5 - An Entirely New War *
  • 6 - Frozen Chosin *
  • 7 - Ridgway Takes Charge *
  • 8 - Macarthur Is Sacked *
  • 9 - Talking Peace, Waging War *
  • 10 - The Final Battles *
  • Epilogue - Korea Today *
  • 50th Anniversary of the Korean War - Commemorative Events 314
  • Bibliography *
  • Index *
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