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Release No: 513-99
November 02, 1999


The Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has asked seven distinguished Americans with relevant expertise outside the Department of Defense to provide their professional advice on the conduct of the Nokuen-Ri review and on the Army's report.

Retired Army General Robert W. Riscassi, former Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/Commander, United States Forces, Korea.

Pete McCloskey, former Congressman from California 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 University.

Dr. Ernest May, an authority on the history of international relations, and Professor of History and former Director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University.

Retired Marine Lieutenant General 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.

Donald P. Gregg, former U.S. Ambassador to Korea and currently Chairman of the Board of the Korea Society in New York City.

Retired Army Colonel Young O. Kim, a highly decorated officer and former commander of the 1st Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th U.S. division in the Korean War. He currently chairs the 100th/442nd/MIS World War II Memorial Foundation, which recently built a monument in the Los Angeles Civic Center, near Little Tokyo.

Don Oberdorfer, a journalist for 38 years and currently at the Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) as a resident scholar of the Foreign Policy Institute with the title of Distinguished Journalist in Residence.

These individuals will have an opportunity to consult with, and receive updates from, the Army and Senior DoD officials as the review progresses and provide their thoughts and advice on the process. This will enable the Department of Defense and the Department of the Army to receive a variety of perspectives and insights on this particularly sensitive and important matter.

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