US MARINES AT CHOSIN RESERVOIR
In WWII, the U.S. developed the Atomic bomb, but had no way to deliver
it to Japan. The B-29 did not have the range. Fortunately there were stepping
stone Islands which would allow us to reach Japan, and deliver the bomb.
We needed Guam, Iwo Jima, and Tinian, plus others. These Islands were
swarming with Japanese well dug in and ready to fight to the death. The
Marines captured these Islands one by one, sustaining substantial losses.
Finally Tinian was captured, the
After WWII, the Korean War hit us and we were unprepared. Gen. MacArthur
decided he could make a large troop movement behind enemy lines. In order
to accomplish such a large amphibious operation, he requested the use
of the U.S. Marine Corps expeditionary forces. However, the Marines at
that point were still recovering from a series of severe cutbacks instituted
by the Truman administration, and the controversial Secretary of Defense
Louis A. Johnson. In an incredible undertaking he tried to completely
eliminate the entire Marine Corps by
MARINES AND THE INCHON INVASION
The Inchon Invasion was a success allowing American troops to make a major push to drive the North Korean forces back to the Yalu. As the American drive progressed farther north, there was a legitimate worry that the Chinese would enter the war. The Marines contacted Gen. MacArthur to determine what his staff knew about a possible invasion by the Chinese. They got absolutely no information from Willoughby, the G-2 (intelligence officer) who said they had no information that the Chinese would enter the war. MacArthur ordered all units to proceed full speed with their push North, and not to worry about the Chinese.