The Remembrance of Things Past

Douglas Martin of the NY Times writes a eulogy, if not obituary for Chung Eun-yong, the gentleman whose protestations exposed the tragedy of No Gun Ri; the killing of more than 100 Korean civilians by American forces during the Korean War.  

Mr. Chung’s protests against the killings, years later, gained the attention of Choe Sang-Hun (one of our favorite reporters with the NY Times) and others, who went on to write about this event.

Words fall short.

  • Bob Bobbs

    A eulogy. Not an eulogy.

  • felddog13

    No Gun Ri is well worth a visit for the site and the memorial. Also, that stretch of Route 4 between Daejeon and Gimcheon is one of the most beautiful parts of Korea I’ve ever seen.

  • A Korean

    Thanks for the post, Elgin.

  • RElgin

    No; thank you for your work.

  • joblaumee

    Will they make as much of this?:

  • redwhitedude

    Sad. It really sucks to be victimized by this massacre when the people who have guns can’t tell friend and foe apart. It’s like a deliberate friendly fire incident.

  • SeoulGoodman

    They lose me the moment they tell me that they estimated the number of victims based on the difference between population of the village before and after the Korean War

  • RElgin

    People died. That’s enough.

  • SeoulGoodman

    Well, it’s more complex than that. For one, the original article which brought attention to this relied heavily on the testimonial of a fraudulent witness.

  • RElgin

    I am more so making a connection to Mr. Chung’s story of loss. I don’t know how many may have died either but this did haunt him for too long.

    I understand being haunted by loss.

    Mr. Choe’s writing is quite good as well.