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Korean War News




"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.)

"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

“After receiving sufficient vests for each man…the chest and abdominal wounds were reduced some 90 to 95 per cent.”

ATTRIBUTION: Captain Louis P. Kirkpatrick, USN, 1st Marine Division surgeon, Apr 1952

“It was a wonder that we all didn’t freeze.”

ATTRIBUTION: PFC Harold L. Mulhausen, rifleman, 7th Marines

SUBHEAD/QUOTE: "The Corps was brother, mother, and father to me. I went from an immature individual to a self-disciplined, goal-minded woman."

ATTRIBUTION: Sergeant Gladys DeKlotz, 1951

“I saw a Corsair coming out of the sun ...What a psychological lift...We sent up a yell...Bless his heart.”

ATTRIBUTION:Lieutenant William A. Watson, 7th Marines, Bunker Hill, 1952

Marines flew helicopters and jets into combat for the first time in Korea. Marine close air support of embattled ground troops reached a pinnacle of responsiveness during the 1st Marine Division's breakout from Chosin (Changjin) Reservoir. As the war progressed, a new generation of "Flying Leathernecks" began replacing the veteran World War II pilots in the cockpits.