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In 1950, Lt. Gen. Ridgway was the Vice Chief of the Staff of the U.S.
Army.  Lt. Gen. Walton Walker was the commander of the 8th Army fighting
in Korea.  During the month of December, the 8th Army became completely
disorganized due to the unexpected Chinese offensive and Korea's cold
weather.  To make things worse, Gen. Walker died on December 22 when
his jeep crashed into a truck [he was a reckless driver].  At that time,
Ridgway was having a X-mas party with his relatives in Washington.
Within an hour of Walker's death, Ridgway was ordered to interrupt his
party and fly to Korea.  His first responsibility was to supervise the
tragic 1.4 retreat.  His second responsibility was to reconstruct the
8th Army.  He surprised every military expert by accomplishing this job
within one month, again by being harsh to West-point graduates.  He then
became promoted to a four-star general.  Who do you think could give
kihap to him.  If so, for what?

The semi-automatic M-1 rifle was invented by a French Canadian Engineer
named John C. Garand.  It took him 20 years to develop the machine until
the U.S. Army adopted it as the infantry rifle in 1935.  Ridgway was in
love with this engineering jewel.  He often carried this full-sized rifle
(weighing 10.5 pounds) while making inspection tours.  Reporters used to
enjoy taking photos of this unusual scene for a general.  On the other
hand, Ridgway did not believe Koreans have enough discipline and
mechanical sense to handle the M-1 rifle, and he did not supply U.S.-made
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