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Korean War News



'The Chosen Few'

As told to Navy Chief Journalist Milinda D. Jensen

Provided by the 50th Anniversary Korean War Commemoration Committee

Photo Caption: Private First Class Herb Odell was
18 years-old when he began his second enlistment in
the United States Marine Corps and his combat life
during the Korean War.

H.W. "Herb" Odell wasn't
quite old enough to enlist for WW II but that didn't stop him
from joining the United States Marine Corps in 1946. He was just
14-years-old. Spending his 15th birthday at the Marine Corps Recruit
Depot, San Diego, Cal