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Marines--Combined-Arms Teams

"I believe the modern ‘Marine Air-Ground Team’ truly takes its departure from the crucible of the Korean War.”

ATTRIBUTION: Lieutenant General Robert P. Keller, USMC (Ret.)

The Marine brigade fighting in the Pusan Perimeter contained a veteran infantry regiment, the 5th Marines, reinforced with an artillery battalion and companies of tanks, amphibian tractors, and combat engineers, all closely supported by the brigade's two carrier-based Marine Corsair air squadrons. The brigade's observation squadron included four primitive helicopters. Armed to the teeth, the Marines greeted their first North Korean T-34 tanks with concentrated fire from their own tanks, howitzers, mortars, recoilless rifles, and bazookas - intensified by bombs, rockets, and napalm canisters delivered close at hand by low-flying Corsairs.