Thanks to Clay Blair. "The Forgotten War" (Book Review, Feb. 28), the exemplary service of two remarkable combat leaders has now been recorded for the first time. The late Maj. (and Lt. Col.) Richard W. Williams, S-2 (intelligence) officer Hq 24th Infantry Regiment, is finally given the credit for contributing mightily to, among other actions, the successful assault crossing of the Hantan River northeast of Seoul, April 11, 1951. The late Maj. Franklin W. McVay, white, CO, 3rd Battalion, 24th Infantry, is finally recognized for most effectively leading his black soldiers before his death in action.
Blair's publisher, Times Books, has elected to identify his book as an important corroborative factor in the remarkable effort being waged to cause the Department of the Army to correct its official Korean War history vis-a-vis the true quality of the 24th Infantry's last tour of duty. Thus Times Books, most responsibly, makes amends for enabling another author in an earlier work to misrepresent this regiment's service.
DAVID K. CARLISLE