DATE=11/2/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=KOREA KILLING PROBE (L) NUMBER=2-255753 BYLINE=JIM RANDLE DATELINE=PENTAGON CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Pentagon officials have asked a group of distinguished Americans to advise the military on its investigation of the deaths of civilians during the Korean War. Survivors of a massacre near the village of No Gun Ri accuse U-S forces of killing hundreds of non-combatants in fighting five decades ago. V-O-A's Jim Randle reports. TEXT: The outside experts include a former Marine General who fought in Korea and now teaches at Harvard; a former Washington Post reporter who wrote a highly regarded book on Korea; a former U-S Ambassador to Korea; a Harvard history professor; and a former Member of Congress who is a decorated Korean war veteran. Army Secretary Louis Caldera has recently launched an investigation by the U-S Army's Inspector General, historians, and others. Pentagon Spokesman Ken Bacon says this new group of experts is intended to give Secretary Caldera some perspective from outside the Army. /// BACON ACT /// He will get advice from the experts. He can rely on them for information, to make recommendations. I assume the experts will be going to Korea. /// END ACT /// U-S Army officials are already collecting information on the alleged killings and recently visited Korea to exchange information with Korean officials looking into the same allegations. Mr. Bacon says Defense Secretary William Cohen wants the investigation to be rapid, but through. (Signed) NEB/JR/TVM/PT 02-Nov-1999 17:11 PM EDT (02-Nov-1999 2211 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .