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DoD Names Outside Advisers to Oversee No-Gun-Ri Review

By Linda D. Kozaryn
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 1999 – Defense Secretary William S. Cohen has named outside experts to provide advice and guidance on the Army-led investigation into events at Nukuen-Ri during the early days of the Korean War.

The Associated Press reported in September that U.S. soldiers allegedly killed hundreds of refugees beneath a railroad bridge at a Korean hamlet named Nukuen-Ri, commonly referred to as No Gun Ri. That news report was based on some 130 interviews with American veterans and 24 South Korean survivors.

Cohen directed Army Secretary Louis Caldera to lead a review to determine the full scope of the facts. A steering group, headed by Rudy DeLeon, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, was formed to ensure DoD and government resources are made available to the task force set up by Caldera.

Pentagon officials announced Nov. 2 that Cohen has asked seven outside experts to provide professional advice on the conduct of the Nokuen-Ri review and on the Army's report:

o Retired Army Gen. Robert W. RisCassi, former commander in chief of U.N. Command/Combined Forces Command and commander of U.S. Forces Korea.

o Pete McCloskey, former California congressman and a highly decorated Korean War veteran who served nine months in Korea with the Fifth Marine Regiment. He served as chairman of the Commission on National and Community Service in June 1991-1992 and has taught at Santa Clara (Calif.) University.

o Ernest May, a history professor and authority on the history of international relations, and former director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University.

o Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, a highly decorated officer and Korean War veteran. Currently he is a Senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and Associate at the Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

o Donald P. Gregg, former U.S. ambassador to Korea and currently chairman of the board of the Korea Society in New York City.

o Retired Army Col. Young O. Kim, a highly decorated Korean American officer and commander of the 1st Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, during the Korean War. He served as a junior officer with the Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II and currently chairs the Los Angeles-based 100th (Battalion)/442nd (RCT)/Military Intelligence Service Memorial Foundation honoring Japanese American military participation in the war.

o Don Oberdorfer, a journalist for 38 years, currently Foreign Policy Institute, distinguished journalist in residence, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

The advisers will consult with and receive updates from Army and senior DoD officials as the review progresses and provide their thoughts and advice on the process. This will give DoD and the Army a variety of perspectives and insights on this sensitive, important matter, DoD officials said.

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