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Pearl Harbor attack brings war to Korea

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By Robert Neff

For more information about life in Korea before and after Pearl Harbor, I strongly recommend reading Donald N. Clark's book, "Living Dangerously in Korea."Mary Linley Taylor, Seoul History Museum exhibit February 2018In Korea, December 7, 1941, was a beautiful but unremarkable Sunday morning.

In her diary, Mary Taylor wrote: "Up before sunrise. Down the hill to church. The sun came round Nam San (South Mountain), ruby-red, lighting up the frozen snowfall of last night."

It was a normal day. She and her husband Albert (an American businessman and part-time correspondent) had breakfast at the British consulate with Gerald Phipps, the British consul general, and his wife Aline. Leaving their husbands behind, the two women then went for their customary country walk near the West Gate district, accompanied by their dogs.

For the most part, we don't know what the women chatted about as they tramped over the hills and through the snow. There was little to gossip about. The rumors of war had decimated the Western population in Seoul ― especially the Americans. In the previous year, nearly three-quarters of the American community was gone.

The largest of the Western gold mining concessions ― the American-owned Oriental Consolidated Mining Company ― was sold in late 1939 and most of the Western miners and their families had returned to the United States or........

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