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News for this post-July 4th in 1951 was about the ongoing attempt at truce talks and life on Capitol Hill, .
On the Korean War front – Gen. Ridgeway and the U.S. ceasefire negotiating team were assured safe passage to begin talks in the coming days by the North Koreans. The North Koreans did request the ceasefire team use jeeps instead of helicopters to get to Kaesong where the talks were to be held. Meanwhile fighting continued along a 100 mile stretch of front. Casualty reports for the week were, if you could call them, upbeat, with some 11,000 troops killed and some 50,000 wounded with some 12,000 missing.
Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill – Congressional Medals of Honor were being given out for bravery in the midst of heavy fighting on the Korean front. Following the ceremonies President Truman remarked it was soldiers like those honored who would help win the Cold War and maintain the peace. Truman almost commented he’s rather have a Medal of Honor than be President – that raised a few eyebrows.
Also on Capitol Hill, President Truman held a news conference where he expressed hope that Congress would come up with a workable Price Control solution. He also agreed with condemnation of the Czech government’s jailing of Associated Press correspondent William Otis and said he would welcome a visit to the U.S. of Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain.
On the diplomatic front – two members of the U.S. legation in Budapest were ordered expelled on the grounds of being persona non grata over assertions of espionage activities by the Americans against the Hungarian government.
All that, and so much more for this July 5, 1951 as reported by Don Hollenbeck, substituting for Edward R. Murrow and The News.