Pruning a tree almost led to an inter-Korean war

Pruning a tree almost led to an inter-Korean war
In August 1976, North Korean soldiers attacked a group of Americans and South Koreans who were pruning a poplar tree in the fortified demilitarized zone separating South and North Korea. Two US officers were killed with axes and batons. The Americans decided to respond with overwhelming force: the Americans decided to mobilize hundreds of their soldiers, backed by helicopters, B-52 bombers and a naval fleet led by an aircraft carrier, all to cut the poplar tree. Process told the BBC about their role in the process of gardening in the most dangerous Altarej.kant neutral zone called the “Joint Security Area” located at the border between North and South Korea, known in the DMZ area. These areas were established under the terms of the Armistice Agreement that ended the Korean War in 1953. The Joint Security Zone (JSA), also known as Panmunjom, or the Armistice Village is the host of negotiations between the two sides. In 1976, the region was a place where military personnel from both sides, North and South Koreans and Americans, could communicate with each other. Bill Ferguson was only 18 years old. In August 1976, he was attached to a US Army unit stationed in the JSA under the command of Captain Arthur Boniface, who was popular with the US Army stationed in South Korea. “Captain Boniface really wanted us to fulfill the terms of the truce agreement,” Ferguson said. “He urged us to intimidate the North Koreans by allowing free movement and movement within the JSA.” At that time, the US military was only allowed to serve in that area. Ferguson says “our relations with them (the North Koreans) were never friendly,” although he admitted that the North Korean border guards sometimes replaced propaganda materials with Marlboro cigarettes. That was tight It then determined the number of military personnel in the area on both sides and the types of weapons they were allowed to carry. The military of one party was trying to provoke the military of the other side, which on many occasions led to violence between the parties. While Ferguson spent there, a US military arm was broken by North Korean soldiers after he accidentally drove his military vehicle to the back of their main building, the Panmunjak Pavilion. Zelka, nicknamed the “mad dog,” urges his men to carry big sticks with them while on patrol duties, to knock on the walls of buildings where the North Korean guards slept and to use them as weapons of necessity. 
He was serving in them, “He was ordering us On one or two occasions we were able to capture North Korean soldiers who were in places where they should not have been, so we beat them a little, but not severely. ”Poplar tree branches obscured the field of view between a checkpoint and an observatory. North Korea objected in the first attempt, saying any such action would require the consent of both sides. Captain Boniface, the “mad dog,” decided to supervise the third attempt personally on August 18, 1976. A group of North Koreans emerged and demanded that the Americans and their South Korean allies stop pruning the tree branches. When Captain Boniface ignored them, the North Koreans attacked the Americans and their allies using axes and batons they extracted from them and killed Captain Boniface and the US Lieutenant Mark Barrett. The news of the attack quickly reached Washington, where then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger demanded that North Korean military camps be attacked to ensure “the high probability of retaliation from those who killed Americans.” Kissinger told a news conference: “They killed two Americans, and if we don’t respond, they will do so again.” We have to respond in a way. “But in the end, the administration did not pay any attention to Kissinger ‘s opinion. While US military and political leaders deliberated on the optimal way to respond, their views settled on one thing: the tree should be cut down. The so-called “Operation Paul Bunyan” military operation – named after the famous American logger – was set to take place on August 21, and how the North Koreans were responding to this offer of power was another matter. The 19-year-old was a member of the Second Company of the 9th Infantry 
Brigade, based at Camp Liberty Bell on the edge of the demilitarized zone.
Johnson commanded his unit with a military vehicle to a conference on the eve of the tree-cutting operation and saw a lieutenant asking what would happen to his unit afterward. Another teenager, Johnson, was assigned to mine Camp Liberty Bell with explosives to destroy it completely if the North Koreans tried to attack and control it. After he finished, he went to join his comrades in the demilitarized zone, passing through the US and South Korean military checkpoints. “I saw it a bit funny. At the gates of the demilitarized zone I had to pass through a checkpoint. “We were prepared not to come back unharmed.” Bill Ferguson and Mike Bilbo spent that night preparing for their mission: to break into the demilitarized zone and take over the “no return” bridge to prevent North Korean troops from entering the area and intervening In the operation of the tree diameter. Bilbo says’ a number of racks were injured When we withdrew from our camp, there were several Cobra helicopters hovering in preparation, “he said.” I looked at the road and saw only military vehicles insight. “Ted Shaner was a 27-year-old captain and officer of the 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment. He was traveling in a helicopter hovering in the air while soldiers were taking military vehicles to the tree.” And impressive. ” No one was sure that a war would break out or not. “Of course, we hoped there would be no war, but I felt we were well prepared. I was proud of the soldiers who were in my command,” said Schaner. Gul Brown, then an expensive 19-year-old soldier and a member of the Alpha company, says the situation was fairly secret. We have been there since 1950, and I felt that everything would collapse because of a tree. Sarit Mike Bilbo and Bill Ferguson arrived at the designated place at the time of the fog. The driver of the military truck in which he was traveling led his truck and was stopped by a search blocking the bridge of no return.
A truck carrying military engineers with automatic saws like never before had stopped near us,” Bilbo said. “Charles Twardziki, from the 2nd Engineering Regiment spent the night practicing these saws. The 25-year-old Corporal had advised the use of heavier and larger equipment to cut the tree, but they feared it would be difficult to withdraw these mechanisms if the North Koreans intervened, forcing them to cut down the branches of the tree without using any tool. As the Americans cut down the branches of the tree, North Korean soldiers arrived on trucks and buses. “We saw the North Koreans installing machine guns,” Bilbo said. And you look to the right and left to find refuge from the artillery shelling when it starts. In fact, the entire artillery on our side and their side was focused on us. ” But the North Koreans did not intervene. When the Americans finished pruning the tree, their South Korean allies quickly withdrew from the joint security zone. The operation ended with the capture. “Everybody was excited. One day, I went and cut a few pieces of tree branches. Everyone had parts of that cursed tree,” Mike Bilbo said. “The US military felt they humiliated the North Koreans, which they knew.” He will anger them. Charles Twardicki said: “I felt we lost the confrontation. We were pruning the tree and they killed two of our officers, so we decided to cut the tree completely. I think that was a losing trade.” New warfare, but we were also looking for revenge. “The rules of confrontation in the JSS changed shortly after the Paul Bunyan operation. North Korean troops were separated from” UN forces “(ie US and South Korean troops) with a small concrete barrier through which US President Trump last July, which put Ferguson said: “That was a great let-down. North Korea was not impressed by this arrangement, seeing it as a neutral zone. But for me and others who were guarding the borderline through the JSS, it was a surrender. But the rare regret expressed by then-North Korean leader Kim Il-sung about the killing of the two US officers on the felling of the tree led many to understand that North Korea was terrified by the offer of American power. US troops remained in Camp Liberty Bell and the Joint Security Zone In case of alert following the operation, in anticipation of any North Korean response. This situation lasted for several weeks before things returned to normal. None of our men have gone to the nearby city for more than a month,” he said. Nature “

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