Although They (American And Korean Soldiers) Fought A Common Enemy And Fought Side By Side, How Did The 2 Armies Think Of Each Other And How Did This Impact The Course Of The War?

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A. Plan of the InvestigationWith the combined forces of the United Nations, mostly the United States, and the Republic of Korea, the war turned out a stalemate instead of the total control to communism in the Korean peninsula. However, it was never known whether the United States army and Republic of Korea army ever got along with each other. Most people just assume that because they were fighting on the same side, they would get along with no tensions. The aim of this historical investigation will be to verify if this assumption is true. I will supplement my investigation with numerous books about the Korean War, including a couple who were written by actual personal that participated in the war. One book was written by the ROK (Republic of Korea) commander from a translated edition and the other is from a marine served in the front lines of an American company. By reading these alphabetized sections, one should fully understand the feelings between the 2 armies and how it affected the overall result of the war we know as The Forgotten War.B. Summary of evidence1. General Paik Sun Yup's point of view General Paik Sun Yup was the general of the ROK 1st division during the Korean War. This division along with others were pushed back and forced to retreat ever since the North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel, the supposed border-line of the two Koreas. When Harry Truman got the approval from Congress to send immediate aid to the South Koreans, General Paik Sun Yup was overwhelmed with thankfulness; however he never truly met any of the personal yet. When he first encountered American soldiers, he had "mixed feelings" but was convinced that they were loyal to the cause of the South Koreans. Then out of nowhere, someone mentioned the name Douglas Macarthur. Not only did Paik Sun Yup hear about General Douglas Macarthur, the hero of WWII, but also the entire ROK army knew that very name. As Paik Sun Yup met with other American generals, he first noticed the overall skill of the American army. Although impressed at first, his view of the American force changed for a brief period when an American bomber accidentally dropped a bomb killing around 6 ROK soldiers from his own division. After that, he saw how without the United States backing him up, the North Koreans would have conquered the Korean peninsula in a heartbeat. He even recognized ih his book that the American Soldiers showed loyalty in their mission no matter who is in command. When the ROK 1st division along with 2 American divisions headed off for Pyongyang, the ROK 1st division was awarded with a platoon of tanks. Paik Sun Yup organize tactics in where the tanks will be the main frontal assault weapon and the American soldiers did not even question the general at all. Throughout the rest of the war, Paik Sun Yup saw how even though it was ROK's war, the war was fought with the Americans as a team.2. Joseph R Owen's Point of View Joseph R....

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