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“Sacrifice: Without Fear There Is No Courage”
Kapyong: Aussies - Canadians - New Zealanders beat back massive Chinese attack targeted at Seoul
Had they not held, the UN might well have surrendered the peninsula to the Chinese
If you were to study the Korean War in any depth, you would find yourself tracking one battle after another from the initial invasion to the regrouping at the Pusan Perimeter to the breakout from Pusan, the march to the Yalu on the Chinese border, the withdrawal below the 38th parallel, and then a push back above the 38th to the armistice that established a Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) roughly following the 38th parallel as the border between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the former best known as South Korea, the latter as North Korea. Selecting a battle from all of them that ensued and labeling it as crucially important is a challenge indeed. We are about to look at one of those battles that was crucially important --- the Battle of Kapyong, also known as the Battle of Gapyong, April 22-25, 1951. It was fought, in the main, by the British 27th Commonwealth Brigade, led by the 3rd Royal Australian Regiment and the 2nd Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry, supported by the 1st Middlesex Regiment, the 16th Royal New Zealand Artillery, and the Indian 60th (Parachute) Field Ambulance platoon. Had the allies failed to hold at Kapyong, it is no too far fetched to say that there would have been a good chance the United Nations Command (UNC) would have folded its tent and left the peninsula. February 26, 2014. Go to story.
Comin’ for you --- a special photo gallery
You see, nice try in your attempt to destroy the bridge. But the thing is, the engineers fixed it up well enough and the Marines crossed it because they’re comin’ for you.
This is a special photo gallery. Employ our forces the way they ought to be employed, be an enemy of the US, and as our enemy please know our men and women are “Comin’ for you” and they’ll get you. I began this effort on February 3, 2014. It will grow as we spot appropriate photos. February 11, 2014. Go to gallery.
America lost a Soldier today
Sttaf Sergeant Walter Eglers, USA, 92 died on February 20, 2014. He received the Medal of Honor for service on June 9-10, 1944 near Goville, France, after landing at Normandy. He led his men against heavily defended enemy areas always exposing himself to draw fire while his men maneuvered. Walking far ahead of his men, he led his squad against a strongly defended enemy position and killed four who had ambushed him on the way. He crawled forward under heavy machine gun fire, and put the gun crew out of action. He then led his men against a mortar position, killing three more himself. He then advanced against another machine-gun position under the cover provided by his squad. As he approached the mortar position, he leaped up and knocked out the position by himself. On the next day, his squad ended up in an untenable position deep in enemy territory, and was ordered to withdraw. After his squad had commenced its withdrawal, he stood up and continuously fired at the semicircle of enemy positions, diverting the bulk of enemy fire to himself, allowing his troops to complete their withdrawal. He was hit and wounded, and carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and ran back under fire to grab up his automatic rifle. After initial treatment for his wounds, he returned to lead his squad. (022114)
America lost a brave British ally on this day
This is a photo of the late Grenadier Guardsman Karl Whittle, 22, The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. He was standing a lone sentry patrol in Helmand Province Afghanistan. A gang of four enemy with guns under their robes approached him in midday on August 2012 on motorbikes and shot him 12 times in the body and legs, damn near at point blank range, before he could get off a shot. A medic, Lance Corporal Robin King came to his aid. Whittle told him, “I’m going to die, tell my Mrs. and baby I love them.” He was airlifted to the hospital at Camp Bastion and was stabilized over three days. He was then transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England and fought for his life for three weeks before he died. While in hospital, he told visitors, “I didn’t even fire my weapon. I couldn’t see them. They just popped up from the tree line in front of me.” (021214)
HH-43 SAR pilot’s diary, 1964-1965, Vietnam
It is not often that we get access to a fairly detailed diary of a combat air commander from the Indochina War. We have such a diary written by Lt. Colonel (and earlier major) Archie Taylor, shown here with one of his HH-43 Huskie Search and Rescue (SAR) and Local Base firefighting and crash Recovery (LBR) helicopters. His diary comes in two parts. First, as commander, Det 4, Pacific Air Rescue Center (PARC) during October 1964-May 1965. He, his crews and his HH-43F Pedros were located at Bien Hoa AB, Republic of Vietnam (RVN), located outside Saigon. Second, we have his notes during the period May-October 1965 when he served at the Search and Rescue Center (SAR) located with Air Operations Center (AOC) at Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam, outside Saigon. He worked the SAR problem while there. Archie, while working in the SAR Rescue Center, kept notes, sometimes sketchy and filled with acronyms and call signs to capture segments of SAR missions worked from the TACC. I have had to work with just these notes. I have taken a different approach with these notes than I did in the first section while he was with Det 4, PARC. My vision here is that he was working the SAR problem in the TACC and taking very brief notes for himself to keep things straight in his mind while the SAR effort was or was not underway. Usually his notes do not describe a full and complete SAR endeavor, but they do give an insight into the kinds of things that occurred during a SAR, and these are interesting and history worthy. I decided to take the individual sets and try to correlate them with the official record of what happened in order to give more meaning to his notes. Go to story. November 16, 2013
Airborne Peripheral Reconnaissance, Cold War losses
The “Cold War” followed immediately after then end of WWII. The Cold War was a sustained state of political and military tension largely between the US as the leader of the West, which included the NATO Western European nations, and the Soviet Union (USSR), as the leader of the East, which included the Warsaw Pact nations. Each of the leaders had nuclear weapons and the ability to deliver them. That we did not know what was going on behind the “Iron Curtain” to the east formed the foundation of the need to find out. From that grew almost immediately the requirement to fly airborne reconnaissance over the USSR and around the periphery of the USSR and the Warsaw Pact. This report touches on those flights flown over the USSR, but is focused on those that flew along the periphery of the Soviet Union and were shot down by Soviet fighter aircraft. August 7, 2013. Go to story.