2000Investigative Reporting

General's Account

Up With The Bridge Went Hundreds of Refugees
Associated Press Staff Writers
October 13, 1999

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In a now-declassified narrative sent to
an Army historian Aug. 24, 1953, Maj.
Gen. Hobart R. Gay described how, as
1st Cavalry Division commander in 1950,
he ordered the destruction of a bridge
over South Korea's Naktong River at the
cost of many refugee lives. In the
manuscript Gay refers to himself as
"the Division Commander.''

From the U.S. National Archives, College Park, Md.