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December 23

One of the gunnery officers said afterward, "We drew up a list of every natural and geographic handicap - and Inchon had them all!" The communications officer concurred, remarking, "Make up a list of amphibious donts and you have an exact description of the Inchon operation". MacArthur, undaunted, ignored such criticisms, noting the Japanese had performed amphibious landings at Inchon back in 1904 ~ Orrin Woodward on Life & Leadership

23rd, December, 1950 - tragic death of Johnny Walkerin 1950, on this tragic day in alternate history a jeep carrying the head of United Nations Command, General Walton H. ("Johnny") Walker, collided with a weapons carrier from an RoKA division that had swung out of its lane on a road near Uijeongbu, close to Seoul, the South Korean capital.

In addition to having an uncanny similarity with the death of his late superior General Patton, this military connected fatal accident was a tragedy on many levels. His body was escorted back to the US by his son Sam Sims Walker, a battalion commander with the 19th Infantry Regiment, who was also serving in Korea.

Sixty-one years of age, he had recently been promoted to General and given leadership of the United Nations Command in the aftermath of the disastrous amphibious landing at Inchon. This thrust had been widely expected, and on the advice of overall commander of Chinese forces, Zhou Enlai, RKA re-inforcements had arrived in strength under cover of darkness. This calculation, and problematic tides, had repelled the first wave of marines scuppering MacArthur's plans to cut North Korean supply lines and thus relieve the pressure on the Pusan Peninsula.

The JCS had actually flown to Tokyo to try to dissuade MacArthur from the brilliant, but highly risky, course of action. Even Truman had only offered equivocal support and so MacArthur had to be removed from his post. For a short period of just two months Matthew Ridgeway stepped up to command the Eighth Army while American public opinion grew weary with this "pointless" war. By the time that Walker died two days before Christmas, events seemed to be moving in the direction of a negotiated ceasefire. This would lead to the creation of a Singapore-style tiny city state of Seoul in a corner of the peninsula, defended precariously, like Taiwan from Communist aggressive. But this outcome, foreshadowed by a series of setbacks leading up to Walker's death set the scene for the inevitability of second war that would threaten the existence of both regimes.

Author's Note: in reality the concealed re-inforcement missed by Macarthur would occur a month later after he approached the Yalu River and drew Chinese forces into the conflict. OTL Enlai suggested that the North Koreans should attempt to eliminate the enemy forces only if they had reserves of at least 100,000 men; otherwise, he advised the North Koreans to withdraw their forces north.