Marvin Lynn White

23 Jan 1932 - 12 Aug 2003


Marvin Lynn White

23 Jan 1932 - 12 Aug 2003
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My Experiences in the Korean Conflict (Including Religious Activities) Marvin Lynn White Orem, Utah 10 January 2002 It’s January 10, 2000, and I’ve chosen to talk about my military experiences because this was the time of year when I floated across the pond from San Francisco, to Yokohama. I sho
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Marvin Lynn White

Married: 15 Feb 1957

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770 Murdock Canal Trail
Orem, Utah, Utah
United States


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My Experiencesn the Korean Conflict (Including Religious Activities)- Marvin Lynn White

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My Experiences in the Korean Conflict (Including Religious Activities) Marvin Lynn White Orem, Utah 10 January 2002 It’s January 10, 2000, and I’ve chosen to talk about my military experiences because this was the time of year when I floated across the pond from San Francisco, to Yokohama. I should start with my earlier military experiences. I went to San Luis Obispo, for eight weeks of basic training, followed by eight weeks of technical training, which was message center operations. This experience in California was the first time I had been away from home. I lived in a little five-man hut with other guys. My name was White, the other guys were Wiess, William, Williamson, and Wilson. They were all colored boys, so to say the least, it was a new experience for me. We lived in that little five- man hut and got along real well. I finished my technical training. We had leave to go home, but we couldn’t find any transportation, because all the buses were sold out. So we had to scramble and find some way to get home the first week in December, 1952. Some friends had a buddy who was flying ore from the mines to the mills in Southern Utah. He had a small plane. They called him and prevailed to come down and get us. The day we went to the airport, he came and took one look at me and Freeland and said, “You’ll have to ship your bags.” It was quite a small airplane and wouldn’t take all the weight that we would put in it. We took off in that little airplane and were up in the air about an hour when the pilot started circling an old deserted airport on the California-Nevada border. He said, “My one gas tank is not working, and I’ve got to set my plane down.” We set down on that deserted airport. We found a rusty bucket and a piece of garden hose and we siphoned the gas out of the one tank to the other. We used my handkerchief to put over the inlet, to strain the gas, so there wouldn’t be a bunch of impurities in the gas. Then we had enough gas to get us from that place to just about sunset, when we were over Las Vegas. He said, “That tank’s not working again. We’ve got to set down.” He took a pass at the Las Vegas airport and kind of set his airplane down a little early, a little rough. He said he would get the tank fixed, so we decided to spend the night in Las Vegas. The next morning, supposedly our airplane had been fixed. Up we went again. We were in the air over the north rim of Bryce Canyon, and I noticed that the pilot was traveling low, and we were getting down low. He said, “That tank’s not working again. We’ve got to land.” We started to land on the north runway of the North Rim. He said, “My landing gear is not locking in position. So we’ve got to set down with one landing gear.” Luckily it was snowy and slick, and we landed on a slick runway, and just slid down to the end of the runway. The nose of the airplane tipped up and the pilot banged his head. We crawled out of the crashed airplane, and I picked up the tip of the propeller and jammed it in my bag and said, “I’ll thumb the rest of the way.” Which I did. 2 I got out to the road around Circleville. This was a Sunday morning. Now I was in uniform and thumbing a ride. A car come down the road, a new Buick, a gal, and she just drove by me. She went down the road maybe a block, tur ned around, and came back. When I opened the door to get in the car, I saw that she had a little baby, sitting there on the front seat, between the passenger and the driver side. That really scared me, because I couldn’t imagine why she would take a gamble on me being the right kind of a guy. I jumped in, and down the road we went. It wasn’t too far down the road when she said, “You don’t remember me, do you?” I looked at her, but I couldn’t remember meeting her, or anything. “Well,” she continued, “we took some education classes together at the University of Utah.” “It wasn’t me,” I told her. “My brother did attend those classes.” I guess I looked enough like Ted, and we’d been separated long enough that she thought she recognized me. That’s why she stopped. She took me all the way to the Thistle Junction. She wanted to go toward Price, Utah, and I wanted to go the other way. I picked up a ride there at Thistle Junction. The guy that picked me up there took me right to the subdivision down in the old Clay Hole, two blocks from my folks’ home. I walked from there, knocked on the door. They were just sitting down to the table. They had been to the bus depot, thinking I was going to be on the bus. I wasn’t there, so they were going to have dinner. I surprised them, no less. I spent my ten days leave home, getting ready to go to Korea. I had to be back to the depot in San Francisco to be processed to be shipped to the Far East Command. After a couple of days, we got on a ship and went out of San Francisco, under the Bay Bridge. The boat was spun around, and we had a fire drill. I wasn’t much of a sailor, and that proceeded to make me sick. I went down to my bunk and stayed in it for three days. The other men brought me crackers from the mess hall, to keep me eating. It was a real experience. There were bunks about ten or fifteen high. We climbed ladders to get into your bunk. It was a big, old ship. The part of the cabin where I was was a big restroom. We were on the fantail of the ship, and that ship was rocking up and down, up and down. When the bow would go up, and then down, the big screw would come up out of the water, rev up, then go back down, and give us another jolt forward. That was an experience I guess I’ll never forget. We were able to have church services on that ship, and I can remember singing hymns on the fantail as a group of LDS (Latter-day Saint) fellows on our way to Korea. We got to Yokohama. There we were loaded on a train and taken into Tokyo. As we got off the train, half of the train went into the cold, and we had to strip to the waist and have some shots. There was hemorrhagic fever in Korea, so we were all shot up, so we would be protected. I noticed that as we were in that train depot, a lot of the Japanese people had on surgical masks. I guess they were wearing them for hygienic purpose, to keep from picking up bugs from other people. It was unnerving all those people wearing surgical masks at a train depot. I spent New Year’s Eve in that replacement depot. My orders held me over, because only so many message center people could be sent over with each shipment. There were too many of 3 us, so I was left there in Tokyo, and was there on my twenty- first birthday, pretty much alone. My buddies had all gone. I decided to go downtown Tokyo. I didn’t get very deep into Tokyo, because it was a very big city, with lots of confusion. I knew that I was a fish out of water; it wasn’t my kind of thing. So I turned around and went back to the base. After a few days at the replacement depot, I got orders to go to Korea. I was put on another ship that took me from Tokyo to the southern tip of Korea, Panmunjon. There we caught another train and proceeded to go north. I can remember the little kids running around the train, in groups of ten of fifteen. The GI’s would peel oranges and throw the peelings out the window. Those little kids would scramble for those peelings. They’d take them over to a muddy puddle, wash them off, and the eat them. Some of the GI’s threw their C-rations to the kids—crackers, candies, and a whole bunch of things. Anyway, we started going north. The first stop was an ICOR area, but they didn’t need any message-center people there. So we went from there up to division, which needed some personnel; they asked if anybody could type. I had been through the typing school in the message center and take the test. There were three of us. When a decision had to be made, it was for a regular army man, who was in for three of four years, whereas I was in just for the duration of the war. The division figured it could get more out of the regular army man. So we got back on train and started going north again. I remember, the train was like sitting on a park bench—curved, wooden seats, and they were not the least bit comfortable. There was a baggage rack above us, and I crawled up in to that rack and went to sleep, when I got comfortable. That was all fine and good, until I decided in the middle of the night to roll over. I rolled over, and I don’t know how many guys I broke up—all of them, I guess—sitting on the bench. The next stop was regimental headquarters. It was the same story: They didn’t need any communication or message-center people. So we headed up to the next stop, battalion headquarters, and the next stop was the main line of resistance of the Korean War. Battalion headquarters happened to need a switchboard operator, which I had learned in technical training. So I got stopped there, and I worked that switchboard several nights during the war. At that time, you had to have permission to go out, other than just a recon patrol for maybe ten or fifteen men. We were trying to hold things to a status quo. One night I was sitting on the switchboard, I was on the right-hand side a bunch Belgian troops. I could hear could hear the rapid fire of machine guns. Curiosity finally got the best of me. I went up to the Bel Jeep and asked, “What’s happening over there?! Is a Chinaman coming in?” “No, we just got a patrol out and they got a little bit of contact.” I knew he was lying through his teeth, because with all the noise and pyrotechnic flares and everything, you knew that some kind of scrimmage was going on. 4 While on the switchboard, I was able to have with me a little portable radio, batteryoperated. So while I was sitting at my switchboard, hearing all the rhubarb going on over to the right, and listening to my radio, the Armed Forces Radio was broadcasting. It would just fade in and fade out. I heard all the music it broadcast, and that was where I got to enjoy the music of all the popular stars. It was stateside, as far as I was concerned, and it was good music. I think the broadcasts came from Japan. Finally the battalion needed a clerk a clerk in the message center, so I got off the switchboard. They had just received what they called an M–201 converter, an encoding and decoding machine. The message-center operator didn’t know a thing about it, but I was right fresh out of school. So he brought me into the message center to keep him out of hot water. So I got me a job in the message center. The message center chief at that time was an old sergeant who really liked to play poker. The message center was in a bunker, and he could invite some of the guys over on paydays, and they would play poker all night long. I remember that at that time, in my bunk, I had a candle and could read my scriptures by candlelight. As they played poker down below, I was up reading scriptures—a real interesting contrast. As I progressed in the message center, I got to the rank of a corporal. The message center’s purpose was to maintain communications between the main lines of resistance up front, about a mile and a quarter away. But in a combat situation, that distance isn’t a lot of safety. We sent message back and forth to regimental headquarters. I had a company letter from each one of the nine companies assigned to me in my tent in the message center. I could get communications from regimental headquarters, then get in a jeep and drive as far forward as we could drive. Then runners would actually run from that spot up to the commanding officer, with instructions from each company. It was interesting, because I got to meet everybody. We had all the communications to all the different departments. I would walk around and deliver the correspondence to where I was supposed to go, and get it signed and sealed. So I got to meet all the officers and other leaders of the area. The S-23 was the Intelligence, S-1 was personnel, S-4 was supply—so I was all around these people. After one of those poker games, the next morning I was sitting down on my bunk, shaving with an electric razor. The guys in the radio shack had made me a battery pack, so I could run my electric razor off of my radio. There was a knock on my door one day. I got up and kicked the door open, and there was the company commander, a Puerto Rican fellow. When he saw me shaving with an electric razor, his mouth dropped open. It wasn’t too long before he also had his own electric razor and a battery pack from the guys in the communications and radio shack. One of my responsibilities, as I said, was to run back to regiment. On the way, there was a shower point about half way there. I could stop and get a shower, and I got all kinds of volunteers to back with me to the shower point. 5 One time, when I went back to regimental headquarters, as I was waiting, there was a whole stack of what looked like wood. It was a whole stack of GI’s, frozen solid as a rock, stacked up like a cord of wood, waiting to be transported. That didn’t leave me with very many good feelings about your safety. I was trying to convince my mother that I was in a safe position—that I was back from the front, and how important it was to be back. As I closed one of my letters, I wrote, “I get along pretty good. I have a little trouble sleeping at night, because the big guns were shooting off in back of me, and shells are going over. It’s so noisy that you can hardly sleep.” Dad picked up on that. He said, “If the guns are in back of him, then’s he’s pretty close to the front. The artillery guns are shooting over him into the Chinese army.” I guess I wasn’t back far enough, or as safe, as they’d like me to be. I was in this one position for 120 days. We had been there long enough that we’d been able to develop some showers of our own. We used a big 50-gallon drum, with a smokey-joe heater to heat the water, which came down on us through a bunch of holes stuck in the drum. That we used as our shower head. We were there long enough that the army figured we were too comfortable, so we got orders to pack up and go. As I was going down the road, leaving the area, the Chinese started shelling that position real heavy. I could see the mess tent and the bunker I was in, and all those areas were taking terrific hits—direct hits. Looking back over your shoulder, and seeing all that shelling, we were kind of glad to get out of there. One night, I got a communication from regimental headquarters, saying that a second lieutenant, instead of memorizing his signal operating instructions before he went out, put them in his pocket. Those instructions contained things like, “If a patrol gets hit, they are to send up a purple flare. If they run across a Chinese patrol, they are to send up a black star, pyrotechnic piece of fireworks.” We had to go up and replace those signal operating instructions. We jumped in the jeep, and off we went with the runners. They would go up to their various companies. In the last area, the Chinese had decided to come to that position. A company was relieving the company that was there. So there was quite a bit of confusion—one company going, back, one coming up. The Chinese came over the hill, screamin’ and hollerin’ and making all the noised they used to use. I got out of there, real quick! The next day or two, I was delivering some information to a company commander. We were on the move, and there was a lot moving around. I took some correspondence instructions for the commanding officer, and as I went back to my jeep from the officer’s bunker, I looked, and it took a direct hit. I think this was in June, about the time just before the signing of the armistice. The negotiators were talkin’ and talkin’ and talkin’, and meetin’ and meetin’ and meetin’. We were aware, or at least we thought, and I guess the Chinese thought, that since the fighting was going to be over, instead of taking the heavy ammunition back, they decided to shoot it off. To say the least, we had quite a bit of fireworks. The only thing we get to eat at that time was sweet potatoes and ham. After eating that, I got dehydrated. So I was sent back to a place like a M.A.S.H. hospital. I was there with all the 6 wounded boys who were coming through, and I was laying off to the side on the cot. I felt terrible, but I could see the wounded coming in and going out, some of the helicopters taking out some of the boys they could help. I was there maybe two or three days. I got some good food, and I was sent me back up toward the front. I was put in an area where my company was supposed to be. But the company hadn’t arrived; they hadn’t yet come into that area. I stayed there in a great big squad tent, all alone. I did have a bunk and sleeping gear, but it rained, and it rained, and it rained. This was the monsoon season. All night long, the rain was coming down like crazy. My company came in the next morning. This was about the time the armistice was signed at Panmunjon. The sides thought they had it settled two or three times, but the actual agreement got on the table and was signed. So we were in that area in an occupational position, a truce situation. In this position, I was sergeant of the guard one night. By this time I had got another promotion. We’d had a lot of problems with Koreans girls sneaking into camp to be with the GI’s. I was walking across a temporary bridge, and as I walked across it, a nude body got up and ran. It went right past the commanding officer’s tent. I was hollering at the person, “Stop, or I’ll shoot!” It was one of my runners, who’d got drunk and was out looking for a Korean girl. There weren’t any there, but he was looking for one. He’d taken all his clothes off and was out running around. Another night I was on guard in another position. I had never seen a fireflies. The corporal who took me down to my position said, “Here, you take my gun. It’s got two 30-round clips taped together so that you could shoot thirty, take it out, put it in again, and shoot thirty more. When he left me, he took my M-1. As he went away, I could see all these little blips of light out there. I thought I was surrounded by Chinamen. What it was was fireflies. As they would light their bottoms up, they would make light, and I thought it was a bunch of eyes looking at me. I finally decided there were just too many of them. But that was when I was introduced to fireflies. It was from this position that I had earned enough time to go on R&R (rest and recuperation/recreation) to Japan. I flew from Korea to Japan in a DC-3, not a very big plane. The seats are down the side, just jump seats. We got into a rainstorm, and this DC-3 leaked like a sieve, but there was water washing back and forth in the middle of the plane. You could stick your foot out and get in it. I landed in Japan. All I wanted to do was get a haircut and a good shave. Then I got some ice cream! And other things like that, which we hadn’t had for a looong time. One of my purposes in going on R&R was to do some shopping. I went downtown in Kokura, where there were some china shops. I really had good luck. It was famous Japanese china, Noritaki. I picked up a brand set for my mom, and then I bought a set for Aunt Eleithe. Then I got to thinking, “If I were to get married, and not have a set for my wife, I’d be in trouble.” So I bought three set of china and made arrangements to ship them home. They were only $37.00 a set, a full service: Twelve plates, cups, all the serving pieces. 7 I went back to Korea and had a little occupational duty. Around the first of February 1954, I had accumulated enough points that I could rotate. So I got to go back to the States. This time, when I got on the ship, because I was a sergeant, I got a cabin all of my own. We were out in the ocean waiting for permission to dock in Seattle. I still had a radio, and one of the first things I picked up was the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The next day, Monday, the 22nd of February, I landed in Seattle. There were bands and people to greet us. I was really glad to get off the boat. I got off and kissed the ground of the USA. Then I went over to Fort Lewis, to get furlough. I had thirty days coming. When I came back to Fort Lewis, they were short of MP’s. So I was assigned to the military police as a sergeant. I was sent out to pick up deserters. I went to Denver, back east. I went on the best trains, had the best food. I would come back attached to a prisoner. One time I had an assignment to pick up a GI in the jail house in Oregon. I got a beautiful trip, all down the Columbian River Basin on the train—good food, sleeping in the private sleeping cards. I got down there, instead of having one guy, there were about six. And I was alone. The army made arrangements with the bus company. I was in the back of the bus, and we had to stop one time between Portland and Fort Lewis, for lunch. I just told those guys, “Hey, there’s all of you, and just one of me. But I’ve got this .45, if one of you blinks an eye, I’m going to shoot you.” The got to the back of the bus and behaved themselves. When we stopped to eat, they were not rowdy and didn’t give me a bad time. I got them back to Fort Lewis without any problem. I did that detail for about forty-five days, and then the army decided that I’d had enough time, and so put me on orders to be released. I was released at Fort Lewis on the 5th of May. That date is a family tradition here at home, because this was when we always had our family reunion. We had the family reunion on this date because when my Great-grandfather White was out to sea— he was a fisherman in England—there arose a big storm which washed his brother overboard. At that point, he decided that he was going to come to America. I’ve almost left out the most important part of my experiences in Korea, the part that sustained me from day to day. Soon after I got to Korea, I was asked to be a group leader for the Latter-day Saint soldiers in the Third Division. My responsibility to organize the member of that battalion and regiment, and as far as I could reach, to hold services. Each time I made an effort to contact boys, when I’d go into the area, I’d ask, “Do you have any LDS, Mormon, boys in your company?” If the boys were doing what they should do, they would be well know and well liked, and they would have responsible jobs. Some of the other who were trying to hide, they didn’t know it, but othe r guys knew that they were Mormons. Because they were smoking and drinking, they were trying to avoid acceptance. As I continued to gather the boys together, I felt impressed, in the battalion I was in, to talk to the commanding officer up on the hill, on the main line of resistance, if he had any LDS boys. I would gather them on Sunday, one or two or three, and bring them back to battalion headquarters, where we had a designated tent for a chapel. I would gather maybe a dozen boys each Sunday, and we would hold services the best we could. We each had the little brown book that their bishops were supposed to give them when they were inducted in the service: Gospel Doctrine; and in the back of it, there were a few pages of hymns. 8 We would hold our services there on the side of the hill in Korea, doing the best we could. We blessed the sacrament and took turns giving lessons and speaking. At one point, I asked the chaplain, who was a Catholic, to join us, just so he could see what we were doing. Initially, he had wanted to know what he could do to help us. I just invited him to service. As we started our service, we sang “High on the Mountain Top,” “How Firm a Foundation”— songs like that. Evidently he was quite impressed that we could take care of ourselves. We said the prayers, the singing, and the sacrament. He still wanted to help, so I said to him, “We really could use some sacramental cups. Those canteen cups really aren’t very spiritual to drink the sacrament from.” He proceeded to do something. Event ually he got hold of someone at division headquarters who sent us up some sacrament cups. As we continued to hold the services, eventually we had an LDS chaplain assigned to us, Ben Mortensen. Then I would go in his jeep from company to company, unit to unit, and gather in as many young men for serves. Ben was a prince of a guy. The fellows really enjoyed him as a chaplain. Later he taught and counseled at the Provo, Utah hospital. I ran across him again at that time. I think it would be hard for anybody to fathom the strength which those services gave us on a day-to-day basis. We became very close friends. One kid, Darl Field was from Roy, Utah; Ron Hudges was from Preston, Idaho. We were able to hold services pretty much consistently on a Sunday-to-Sunday basis. Once in a while we would be interrupted, because one of the units was moving, or something strategic was happening, that prevented us from having our services. But it wasn’t very long till we were back together, doing the things that we enjoyed. It’s surprising the influence we had, just doing what we knew we should do. When I asked the cooks for a couple of slices of bread for sacrament meeting, that gave me an opportunity to tell them about Sunday services and sacrament meetings. A couple of fellows in the personnel mail department who immediately noticed that there was something different about us LDS guys. One guy, Bill Lore, was from New York; he taught handicapped and other children who had problems—special school. The other fellow was a young man named Richard Molkehy, obviously a devout Catholic. They were impressed with our boys, and especially our attitudes. They said, “You guys, in spite of all we’re going through, just seem to have smiles on your faces and seem to be getting along all right.” I thought that was quite a testimony to the Church, under any circumstances. When we were going across the water, we held services on the fantail of the ship. We had the sacrament. It would bring tears to your eyes to sing songs like “How Firm a Foundation.” Later on, when the armistice was signed, we were able to gather more and more fellows together, and we had more opportunities in different areas. At one time, we had a conference, as far back as ICOR. We pulled in about 250 GI’s to that conference. It was there where I met Richard Moyle, a long-time friend of mine, whom I later labored with in the mission field. As you met these boys, and enjoyed those circumstances, it would give you strength to meet challenges on a day-to-day basis. As I explained before, some of those challenges were real.

Life timeline of Marvin Lynn White

Marvin Lynn White was born on 23 Jan 1932
Marvin Lynn White was 14 years old when World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Marvin Lynn White was 24 years old when Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Hotel is a resort hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, owned by the Walt Disney Company and operated through its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division. Opened on October 5, 1955, as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.
Marvin Lynn White was 33 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.
Marvin Lynn White was 47 years old when Jim Jones led more than 900 members of the Peoples Temple to mass murder/suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, hours after some of its members assassinated U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan (pictured). James Warren Jones was an American religious cult leader who initiated and was responsible for a mass suicide and mass murder in Jonestown, Guyana. He considered Jesus Christ as being in compliance with an overarching belief in socialism as the correct social order. Jones was ordained as a Disciples of Christ pastor, and he achieved notoriety as the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple cult.
Marvin Lynn White was 54 years old when Space Shuttle program: STS-51-L mission: Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates after liftoff, killing all seven astronauts on board. The Space Shuttle program was the fourth human spaceflight program carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which accomplished routine transportation for Earth-to-orbit crew and cargo from 1981 to 2011. Its official name, Space Transportation System (STS), was taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development.
Marvin Lynn White was 62 years old when The Rwandan genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down. The Rwandan genocide, also known as the genocide against the Tutsi, was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government. An estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed during the 100-day period from 7 April to mid-July 1994, constituting as many as 70% of the Tutsi population. Additionally, 30% of the Pygmy Batwa were killed. The genocide and widespread slaughter of Rwandans ended when the Tutsi-backed and heavily armed Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) led by Paul Kagame took control of the country. An estimated 2,000,000 Rwandans, mostly Hutus, were displaced and became refugees.
Marvin Lynn White died on 12 Aug 2003 at the age of 71
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