Artillery roar heard by Korean eyewitness

By GEORGE SUH  |  June 26 1950
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UIJONGBU, Korea, June 26, 1950 (UP) - The streets of Uijongbu were jammed with military and hastily mobilized civilian trucks loaded with ammunition for the front when my party of nine correspondents arrived at 6:30 p.m.

To the north we could hear the rumble of the Northern Korean artillery firing at the rate of about 10 shells each minute.

We were told that the artillery firing came from Tongduchon, 12 miles to the north and Pochon, the same distance northeast, where major action was reported developing.

Army officers said the correspondents could not be allowed to proceed beyond Uijongbu because the "front was not stabilized yet."

Stocky, 32-year-old Brig Gen. Yoo Chai-Hueng, commanding general of the Army's 7th Division which has headquarters here, said he estimated the enemy's forces at twice his own. The Northern Koreans, he said, had "Soviet medium tanks."

"We've destroyed eight of them," he said with satisfaction.

The general appeared to be sure he could halt and finally repulse the Northern forces, but he emphasized that "I don't think this is a local incident but a pressing international problem."

The population of Uijongbu has remained in the city and shops are staying open at the request of the Army. Roads outside the city, however, were jammed with refugees from areas nearer the front.

No private vehicles of any kind were permitted to circulate by the Army, which needs all available space on Korea's narrow roads for its own vehicles.

Along the roads, women were carrying babies on their backs in the traditional Korean manner while their husbands carried small bundles containing all they could salvage from their possessions.

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