Selma man possibly saw what caused North Korea to develop an anti-American stance

Published 5:54 pm Monday, January 4, 2010

Dear editor,

In December 1950 my outfit rolled into Pyongyang, N. Korea. (They pronounce it Ping yong). Because of the smallness of our group we bivouacked in the compound where Premier Kim Il Sung’s home was.

Rather soon, hordes of Chinese infiltrated the North and we were forced to evacuate. In so doing we began to rip Kim’s home apart. He had two huge metal containers mounted on steel supports. Water was stored in the containers. We anchored lines to the two containers and pulled them down.

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He had an air-raid shelter beneath the house. I walked down it to the bottom. It was very primitive. We poured gas down it and set it on fire.

As the general was in the main portion of the home we never saw just what happened there. (Enlisted people don’t fiddle with generals.)

At the conclusion of the war, I feel that Kim’s son saw the situation with his father’s home and developed a strong anti-American attitude. An attitude that still exists for the current Premier of the North.

Frank Hardy