19500723 0000 ap 23 July 1950


Army officials in Washington asked General MacArthur to recheck his figures on 23 July. Perhaps the actual casualties were fewer than the number forecast. Maj. Gen. William A. Beiderlinden, the FEC G-1, informed Washington that the actual number of men and officers lost in Korea closely approximated his earlier educated guess. The only discrepancy was an excessive missing-in-action rate, which reflected the ability of the North Koreans to envelop the under-strength American units almost at will. Beiderlinden promised to readajust FEC requirements downward whenever this action became possible. [05-26]

(1) Rad. W 87678, DA to CINCFE, 23 Jul. 50.
(2) G-1 GHQ Log, Item 62, 23 Jul. 50.
(3) Memo, G-1 GHQ for CofS, 24 Jul. 50, sub: Casualty Analysis.
(4) G-1 GHQ Log, Item 37, 24 Jul. 50.