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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • 1954

    The POW Scandal in Korea

    According to A.B Carey, one of the lessons learned from fighting the Kremlin and its “communism” ideology is evidently seen amongst the Korean and Chinese prisoners of war. Both groups of POW not only disapprove of the communism but would also actively fight against it if they had the opportunity. Carey uses ten ideas which denounce the Kremlin as the one responsible for the lies and bellicosities during the Cold War. He also proceeds to demonstrate ways the free world can defeat this communist caucus.

  • 1954

    Freedom to Non-Repatriated Prisoners of War

    This note warns that the communists will try to convince the world that these “freed” prisoners are not really freed and during this processing and resettlement period the world will be watching the Republic of Korea and the Republic of China's actions.

  • 1954

    Letter, Syngman Rhee to General James A. Van Fleet

    Syngman Rhee sends a short message to General James A. Van Fleet hoping for a quick recovery from his operation.

  • 1954

    Memorandum, Ralph Handleman to John W. Staggers

    Ralph Handleman explains his dispute with Chang Soon Yoo, the manager of the Bank of Korea.

  • 1954

    Handwritten Note to Preston Goodfellow

    Excerpt from a letter supporting President Syngman Rhee.

  • 1954

    The Private Enterprise Plan: Synopsis of Contents

    Summary of the Private Enterprise Plan for distributing US foreign aid and its objectives for Korea.

  • January, 1954

    Letter, General Maxwell D. Taylor to President Syngman Rhee

    General Maxwell D. Taylor reports a successful meeting on the return of non-repatriated prisoners of war.

  • January, 1954

    Letter, General J. E. Hull to Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission

    General Hull responds to the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission request for assistance with repatriation of prisoners of war.

  • 1954

    Memorandum, Korean Consulate General to President Eisenhower

    The Korean Consulate General passes along information from a Chinese source that Syngman Rhee is interested in forming a Korean Reconstruction Finance Corporation.

  • 1954

    AKRO Commodities Corporation, 'Proposed Outline of Relationship with Republic of Korea on Scrap Disposal'

    Proposal sent through John W. Staggers to invest in four smelting plants in Korea for processing scrap.

  • 1954

    The Restoration of the National Unity of Korea and the Holding of National Elections

    The report makes recommendations for elections in post-war Korea and the withdrawal of foreign troops from the Peninsula.

  • 1954

    The Political, Economic and Social-Cultural Situation of the Democratic Popular Republic Of Korea, 1954

    A report on the DPRK's economic and socio-cultural situation, including political parties and mass organizations in North Korea.

  • January 02, 1954

    Letter, K. S. Thimayya, the Chairman of NNRC, to the Commander in Chief, United Nations Command

    K.S.Thimayya, the Chairman of Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission, requests United Nations Command assistance to implement the repatriation agreement.

  • January 04, 1954

    Letter, General Maxwell D.Taylor to Syngman Rhee

    General Maxwell D. Taylor informs Rhee he will arrange for Korean MPs to observe verification of prisoner of war rosters.

  • January 04, 1954

    Letter, General J. E. Hull to General Thimayya of Custodial Force of India

    General J. E. Hull summarizes the United Nations Command views on the conclusion of the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission and release of prisoners of war to their destinations of choice.

  • January 05, 1954

    Letter, Yu Chang Jun to Colonel James C. Cross

    Syngman Rhee's office requests clearance for employees of the Kim Furniture Company to come to Korea and build furniture for the Bando Hotel.

  • January 06, 1954

    Letter, General Maxwell D. Taylor to Francesca Donner Rhee

    General Maxwell D. Taylor thanks Mrs. Rhee for a gift.

  • January 09, 1954

    Letter, Prime Minister Baek Du-jin to Mr. C. Tyler Wood, the Economic Coordinator

    Paik Too Chin [Baek Du-jin], the Prime Minister of ROK, writes that the ROK government needs the Chosun Hotel, and is disappointed that Mr. C. Tyler Wood has decided to continue to occupy it.

  • January 09, 1954

    Letter, Prime Minister Baek Du-jin to General Maxwell D.Taylor

    Paik Too Chin [Baek Du-jin] complains that C. Tyler Wood, the United Nations Economic Coordinator for Korea, plans to continue to occupy the Chosun hotel despite promises it would be returned to the Korean Ministry of Transportation.

  • January 10, 1954

    Letter, Genearl Maxwell D. Taylor to Prime Minister Baek Du-jin

    General Maxwell D. Taylor attaches a copy of his letter sent November 11 informing the Prime Minister about the need to retain use of the Chosun Hotel.