The Breakout Of The 1st Marines From The Chosin Reservoir: An American Epic Of Courage – Part 12

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A Chinese soldier, killed by Marines of the 1st Marine Division in Korea during attack on Hill 1051, on Kari San Mountain. Killed by air support. 05/23/1951

“Attack and counter-attack. That’s what Marines are all about.” Certainly a good definition of what Marines do from Lt. Col. Robert Taplett, USMC, as quoted in Breakout. Marines put this philosophy into practice during the first engagement between the Marines and Chinese soldiers on 6 November 1950. Encountering the US Marines made a strong impression on the Chinese.

Their previous experience fighting Americans had been against badly trained and poorly led US Army soldiers, many of whom were rear echelon service troops pressed into combat from supply units in Japan and anywhere else nearby where they could be found.

One of four Americans of the 21st Infantry Regiment found between the forward observation post and the front line. The men were probably captured the night of July 9th, and shot thru the head with their hands tied behind their backs. 07/10/1950

[Source: Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea, 1950 by Martin Russ. Image courtesy of the National Archives and the National Archives.]

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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