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Korean War News



Marines--Call Up the Reserves

"War doesn't make things convenient for anyone... I'm proud to have been a part of this new chapter in Marine Corps history."

ATTRIBUTION: Sergeant Vern E. Mushett, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

The rapid deployment of the Marines to Korea could not have succeeded without the infusion of Marine Reserves, mobilized by Presidential decree shortly after the North Korean invasion. Many of the 33,500 officers and men thus mustered into the Corps brought to their duties invaluable experience earned during World War II. Others were green rookies with only a few drill weekends and a summer camp under their belts. Said one, after the Chosin (Changjin) Reservoir, "I got two Purple Hearts, a frozen foot and a Chinese bugle -how can you beat a deal like that?" Within eight months Reserves comprised 45% of all active-duty Marines.