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Five Korean peasants help carry a wounded U.S. Marine.

" . . . South Korean peasants, who had been acting as ammunition carriers, were inducted as litter-bearers for the wounded. Their stolid Asian features revealed nothing of what they thought about the battle raging just behind them--but the way in which a rough peasant encircled a rough Marine with his arms, trying to ease the pain of another man's shattered knee, was the act of mercy and tenderness itself, and belied the look of indifference on the face above. [Korea, September 1950.]" This Is War!, p. 26.