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    DR. DONALD GOLDSTEIN ( AT DAWN WE SLEPT ) CRITICIZES MEDIA DISTORTION OF HISTORY ON fromUSAlive.com INTERNET TV SHOW PITTSBURGH, PA – June 28, 2000 -
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      DR. DONALD GOLDSTEIN ("AT DAWN WE SLEPT") CRITICIZES MEDIA
      DISTORTION OF HISTORY ON fromUSAlive.com INTERNET TV SHOW

      PITTSBURGH, PA – June 28, 2000 - Military author Dr. Donald
      Goldstein examines the media's distortion of history on the
      Military Memoirs Internet TV show. All episodes of this program are
      available for free at any time by clicking on
      http://www.fromUSAlive.com/military.

      Dr. Goldstein, who co-authored the books "Pearl Harbor," "Miracle at
      Midway," "Target Tokyo," "At Dawn we Slept" and "December 7,
      1941,"explains how a recent media report on an alleged massacre
      during the Korean War will be remembered as it was reported by the
      media, not as it actually happened.

      According to a recent Associated Press article, the first soldiers to
      speak publicly about the incident reported that U.S. troops
      intentionally slaughtered 200 South Korean refugees near No Gun Ri,
      Korea, allegedly under direct orders from U.S. Army commanders. If
      the reports were true, No Gun Ri would be the second-largest reported
      killing of civilians by U.S. forces in the 20th century. A U.S. News
      investigation countered these claims, stating that many of the
      soldiers were quoted out of context in the AP story.

      "We're finding out that No Gun Ri is a lie," Dr.
      Goldstein claims. "Yes, some people were killed. But since the
      press picked this up, nobody's going to talk about the brave
      soldiers in Korea. They're going to talk about No Gun Ri, and how
      bad the American GIs were to do this. What you're getting here
      is a distortion of history. No Gun Ri, to me, is insignificant."

      He also addresses the effect of movies like "Saving Private
      Ryan" on Americans' perception of history, and cites as an
      example an upcoming movie based on Pearl Harbor that he claims to be
      an exaggeration of actual events.

      Each week on Military Memoirs, Veterans recount memories of their
      combat experience, and offer a military perspective on history,
      politics, and society's perception of Veterans. Former Staff
      Sgt. Joe Dugan, USMC, is host.
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