BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades! by Mustang
At the end of World War II, Harry S. Truman was looking for ways to switch the United States from its war-time economy to one better suited to a society that wanted —and needed peace. Unhappily, the President’s cost-cutting measures involved a one-third reduction of the military services: Army, Navy, and Marines. Washington, D. C. was a busy place between 1945-1950:
- World War II veterans were expeditiously discharged
- The Department of War was transformed into the Department of Defense.
- The Navy Department was rolled into DoD.
- The Army-Air Force became the United States Air Force.
Missions and structure for all services was under review. Within the naval establishment, one-third of the Navy’s ships were moth-balled. In the Army and Marines, infantry battalions were forced to give up one rifle company, which meant that battalions had no combat reserve; no way to rotate company off the front lines; no way to form the battle area in depth.
In 1949, Secretary of State Dean Acheson produced a study of Sino-American relations. Officially, this document was titled United States Relations with China with Special Reference to the Period 1944-1949. Its short title was simply, the China White Paper. In over 1,000 pages, Acheson explained that America’s intervention in China was doomed to failure. Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong was overjoyed to hear this news.
Then, on 12thJanuary 1950, Secretary Acheson gave an address before the National Press Club. In his discussion of the all-important US Defense Perimeter, he neglected to include the Korean Peninsula and Formosa as places the United States was prepared to defend. North Korean leader Kim Il-sung immediately conferred with the Soviet Union. Would the USSR back him in reunifying the Korean peninsula?[…]
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