- US forces in the South appear to have been less prepared for the administration of South Korea.
- Few Americans spoke Korean and the US Army under General Hodge had to rely on Japanese officials, which caused much resentment.
- Later, native Koreans who had served under the Japanese tended to achieve prominence, although they often suffered residential resetment from the rural population as ex-collaborators with the hated occupiers.
- Rhee emerged in the South as the most effective political leader with a reputation for resistance to Japanese rule. He had strong links to the Chiang Kai-Shek (Jiang Jieshi) regime in China was not well liked by the State Department.
- Hodge found Rhee difficult, but it was…