• Short Summary

    IN ONE OF THE FEW INCIDENTS REPORTED BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA SINCE THE ARMISTICE IN JULY 1953, ONE UNITED NATIONS COMMAND SOLDIER WAS KILLED AND ANOTHER INJURED LAST TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 20).

  • Description

    IN ONE OF THE FEW INCIDENTS REPORTED BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA SINCE THE ARMISTICE IN JULY 1953, ONE UNITED NATIONS COMMAND SOLDIER WAS KILLED AND ANOTHER INJURED LAST TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 20). BOTH WERE MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN FORCES SERVING IN SOUTH KOREA.

    A UNITED NATIONS COMMAND SPOKESMAN, SERVING WITH THE UNITED STATES EIGHT ARMY IN KOREA, DESCRIBED THE INCIDENT AS A "VICIOUS, UNPROVOKED GRENADE ATTACK" BY NORTH KOREAN PERSONNEL.

    THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN AN ATTACK UNDER THE COVER OF DARKNESS, MEN OF THE NORTH KOREAN PEOPLE'S ARMY ATTACKED A UNITED NATIONS COMMAND OBSERVATION POST, MANNED BY TWO SOLDIERS, OVERLOOKING KOREA'S DEMILITARISED ZONE, NEAR PANMUNJOM.

    IT WAS REPORTED TO BE THE FIRST KNOWN ATTACK BY MEMBERS OF THE NORTH KOREAN ARMY ON AN AMERICAN-MANNED OBSERVATION POST SINCE THE ARMISTICE WAS SIGNED IN JULY 1953.

    ACCORDING TO AN INVESTIGATION BY THE UNITED NATIONS COMMAND, FIVE F-1 RUSSIAN FRAGMENTATION-TYPE GRENADES WERE USED IN THE ATTACK. THREE EXPLODED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE OBSERVATION POST AND ONE UNEXPLODED GRENADE WAS ALSO FOUND OUTSIDE.

    THE INJURED MAN, PRIVATE EFRIAN OLIVIO, FROM PUERTO RICO, WHO HAD MULTIPLE WOUNDS ON BOTH FEET FROM GRENADE FRAGMENTS, WAS TAKEN TO THE NEARBY 44TH SURGICAL HOSPITAL.

    THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE EXTENDS FOR 155 MILES, SEPARATING NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA. THE SOUTHERN LIMITS OF THE ZONE ARE PATROLLED BY THE UNITED NATIONS COMMAND, MANNED MAINLY BY TROOPS OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA). ALTHOUGH THE ATTACK WAS MADE ON NOVEMBER 20, DETAILS WERE NOT ANNOUNCED BY THE UNITED NATIONS COMMAND UNTIL NOVEMBER 22.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5TZP2IWJ2K6W34PYALIRXYSRG
    Media URN:
    VLVA5TZP2IWJ2K6W34PYALIRXYSRG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/11/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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