August 8, 1950
Keiser's chief assistants were the usual mixed bag of a peacetime Army division. His ADC, Joseph Sladen Bradley, fifty, was a West Point classmate (1919) of Bill Kean's. During World War II Bradley had served in the Southwest Pacific with the 32nd Division as chief of staff and commander of an infantry regiment, winning a DSC, two Silver Star medals, and other awards. He made no secret of his desire to command a division. The artillery commander was Loyal M. Haynes (Knox College, 1917), fifty-five, who had fought with the AEF in France, but who manned Stateside desks throughout World War II. In the opinion of the senior officers in the division Haynes "was not physically and mentally up to the job. Nor was the very senior chief of staff, West Pointer (1916) Joseph M. Tully, who "went bananas" shortly after arriving in Korea and was replaced.[7-57]
As it turned out, a hitch that developed in the artillery ammo buildup compelled Ridgway to postpone Ripper. The corps artillery commanders* were not satisfied with the stockpile.
March 5, 1951
In a meeting in Taegu on March 5 with Ridgway, Eighth Army artillery commander John J. Burns, G-4 Stebbins, and others, the corps commanders insisted on a stockpile sufficient to fire sixty-five rounds per day per howitzer.
Characterizing that demand as "excessive," Ridgway agreed with Stebbins's more "reasonable" ration of thirty rounds per day for 155s and forty rounds per day for 105s. More ammo was arriving at Inch'ŏn; when it reached the front, Ridgway would consider less severe rationing. Meanwhile, he requested cooperation and harmony.[23-70]
***corps artillery commanders***
*James F. Brittingham in I Corps, but two new men in the other corps.
In IX Corps West Pointer (1925) William N. Gillmore, forty-seven, arrived from the States to replace Tom de Shazo, who relieved Loyal Haynes as commander of the 2d Division artillery.
In X Corps West Pointer (1930) James K. Wilson, Jr., forty-two, relieved William Ennis.
Although neither Haynes nor Ennis had been officially reprimanded, both had been the responsible artillery commanders in Roundup on February 12 and 13, when the thirty-four pieces of artillery had been lost,[23-69]