Division Artillery reported
the only documented case of 1st Cavalry
Division soldiers clearing civilians
from a village. On July 23, southwest of
Yŏngdong, Division Artillery soldiers told villagers to leave their homes, which
were located close to the artillery positions. 30
Periodic Operations Report No. 13, 23 July 1950 . In the Records of U.S. Army Commands, 1st Cavalry Division 1940-1967, Box 56, RG 338, NARA.
If U.S. soldiers encountered a refugee group on the road at night, these soldiers may have tried to prevent the group from moving because they feared infiltrators. The soldiers may have also tried to prohibit movement at night because this movement violated the existing U.S. refugee control policy. Also, if soldiers directed refugees off the road, this action would have been consistent with refugee control policies designed to keep the roads clear for troop movement.