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It got worse. Army support logistics were far from reliable during the early weeks of the war. Among the consequences were critical shortages of potable water. Soldiers' limited access to water during July and August of 1950 coincided with 100-degree temperatures. Add to this the chaos of battle, and this explains why almost all troops had no choice to drink water from rice paddies.
Disease caused more American casualties than did combat.