TOKYO -- Thousands of American troops began the occupation of Korea today. Pacific veterans of the Seventh division splashed ashore from landing craft at Inchon (Jin-sen) on the west coast of Korea preparatory to occupying the capital city of Keijo, 25 miles inland and all southern Korea.
Lt. Col. Albert V. Hartl of Bismark, N. D., led the 17th infantry regiment across the Yellow sea beaches from landing craft of Vice Admiral Daniel E. Barbey's seventh amphibious force.
Russian forces are occupying northern Korea.
Japanese civil police fired Into a crowd of Korean demonstrators in front of the Inchon city hall shortly after the American landings, United Press Correspondent. Hugh Crumpler reported from that city. The Japanese who are policing the area until the occupation is completed, said the Koreans were "communist demonstrators."
South of Japan, nine docile Japanese officers signed documents on Okinawa yesterday unconditionally surrende ring 105,000 Japanese army and navy men in 60 Ryukyu Islands to Gen. Joseph W. Stillwell, commander or the American 10th army.
In the long by-passed Marshall islands, a fourth Japanese-held atoll capitulated. The half-starved Japanese garrison of 1,067 troops on Maloelap atoll surrendered. The American flag will be raised formally on the atoll Monday.