This graphic Korean War era (1950-1953) reel of raw footage, filmed by a US serviceman, documents operations of UN Intervention force and the US Marines in Korea, near Pusan and Masan. It features the U.S. Marines VMAT-502 / Attack Squadron 513 at their airbase, handling of North Korean POWs, and the work of the local Korean people to bury the bodies of the dead at a temporary UN cemetery at Masan. It may also show the aftermath of an atrocity, as many dead civilians are seen in the footage.
0:08 Street full of rubble and destroyed buildings
0:30 Another part of the city, more damaged roofs. Women dressed in hakama (large Japanese work pants) or Korean women’s hanbok
0:54 A disheveled woman, dressed in burned rags stares at the cameraman. She seems to be in shock
1:32 Pan to 1st Sergeant in the Republic of Korea Army
1:37 A ROK Army Colonel, in field uniform, talking to a ROK Major General
1:58 Men on foot, probably disarmed North Korean soldiers.
2:10 Closeup shot of an Asian man, in dirty and tattered stripped business suit
2:28 Various men, some looking distraught.
3:01 ROK soldier with a nameplate and an armband in Korean.
3:11 A US Army Lt. Col. talking to woman. He seems to appear multiple times in the film.
3:44 An airplane standing at a remains of an airfield, most likely the Pusan West Air Base, a destroyed mass of a mangled hangar and a service walkway lies in the b/g
3:53 An F-4U-5N of the US Marines Fighter Attack Squadron VMF (N)-513 #17
3:55 A F4-U-5N #18
3:59 Destroyed hangar
4:04 A Bird dog L-19 Cessna preparing for a flight
4:40 Jeeps driving towards the tower
4:52 A F4-U-5N fighter taking off
5:38 A US military grave, panning to see the ominously free leveled ground to the left and to the right of it.
6:00 G.I.s, one of them African American, unloading bodies from trucks
6:43 A recently-deceased man, possibly a malnourished POW, pan to the freshly-dug grave.
7:04 Lowering the body into the grave
7:28 Funeral ceremony. The village people are wearing traditional mourning caps and white mourning garb.
8:19 Women in hanbok
8:44 Men, wearing mourning caps
8:53 Damaged buildings, taped glass windows.
9:17 A waterlogged official sign.
9:21 Operational HQ. Women typists.
9:42 Body picked up off the ground, wrapped in white linen. Crying women and children.
10:06 Dead bodies of men, women and children, possibly up to 100 bodies, possibly victims of an atrocity.
10:32 Some bodies appear to be completely emaciated
10:34 Human skull and more deceased persons.
10:54 More deceased persons.
11:03 Pan to reveal four more dead bodies scattered about. Looks like they were actually running or ordered to run then fell as they were killed.
11:04 About 20 or so more aligned dead bodies in advances stages of decomposition.11:12 Rows of new graves. Villagers digging graves and lowering more bodies into them.
11:20 Keep out sign
11:36 Rows of the local Korean Catholic and the Christian US military and UN military graves.
11:58 Previously seen US Army Lt. Col. and staff.
12:00 The entire hillside is covered with graves and more of the site is being flattened. A UN flag waves overhead.
12:31 The US Army Lt. Col. and another Colonel
13:05 U.N. Cemetery, Masan Korea. Rows of hundreds of graves with crosses.
13:51 Sign: Plot 1
14:00 Man, walking among the graves
14:27 A crushed almost skeletonized body, bearing insignia
14:37 Putting the skull back into place
14:52 Infantrymen standing and waiting with their rifles ready.
15:27 South Korean infantry marching by
16:51 The same group of villagers continue to process the dead of the mountain side
17:35 Bodies of the starved to death lying supine, followed by the bodies of the executed or otherwise killed – 7 neatly organized rows of 10+ people each followed by scattered and semi-grouped bodies of men, women and children – probably at least 100 dead.
18:01 Dead body
18:02 Faces of the dead
18:42 POW camp for the North Korean troops
19:18 Columns of prisoners, accompanied by guards.
19:41 Road from the POW camps
19:47 Villagers returning from the burial assignment.
20:23 US Army 1st Lt leaning on jeep
20:33 Boy gets up after urinating
20:42 Woman carrying a basket of food on her head,
20:56 Woman carrying a big bale of clean linen on her head
21:09-21:31 Panorama of the city of Busan/Pusan
21:32 A woman with a toddler in a sling on her back and carrying a big bundle of things on her head.
21:43-end Mountains by the bay of Busan, groups of women carrying things on their heads, bringing children with them, past the cameraman.
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