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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Pendleton honors Korean War veterans

By Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | September 27, 2012

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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Master Sgt. Ruben Urquidez, the operations and training chief for Marine Corps Base Operations, speaks with Yong Lim Lee, a Republic of Korea’s veteran, at the 62nd Memorial Anniversary of the Korean War at Camp Pendleton’s Pacific Views Event Center, Sept. 22. The event was held to honor the veterans who fought during the Landing on Inchon, in the street of Seoul and in the northern mountains near the Chosen Reservoir.

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Master Sgt. Ruben Urquidez, the operations and training chief for Marine Corps Base Operations, speaks with Yong Lim Lee, a Republic of Korea’s veteran, at the 62nd Memorial Anniversary of the Korean War at Camp Pendleton’s Pacific Views Event Center, Sept. 22. The event was held to honor the veterans who fought during the Landing on Inchon, in the street of Seoul and in the northern mountains near the Chosen Reservoir. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick Irions)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Korean War veteran, 1st Sgt. John F. Farritor, honors fallen Korean War era Marines during the 62nd Memorial Anniversary of the Korean War at Camp Pendleton’s Pacific Views Event Center, Sept. 22. The event was held to honor the veterans who fought during the Landing on Inchon, in the street of Seoul and in the northern mountains near the Chosen Reservoir.

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Korean War veteran, 1st Sgt. John F. Farritor, honors fallen Korean War era Marines during the 62nd Memorial Anniversary of the Korean War at Camp Pendleton’s Pacific Views Event Center, Sept. 22. The event was held to honor the veterans who fought during the Landing on Inchon, in the street of Seoul and in the northern mountains near the Chosen Reservoir. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A wreath stands next to Camp Pendleton’s Korean War Memorial at the 62nd Memorial Anniversary of the Korean War at Camp Pendleton’s Pacific Views Event Center, Sept. 22. The event was held to honor the veterans who fought during the Landing on Inchon, in the street of Seoul and in the northern mountains near the Chosen Reservoir.

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A wreath stands next to Camp Pendleton’s Korean War Memorial at the 62nd Memorial Anniversary of the Korean War at Camp Pendleton’s Pacific Views Event Center, Sept. 22. The event was held to honor the veterans who fought during the Landing on Inchon, in the street of Seoul and in the northern mountains near the Chosen Reservoir. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Marines stand by 105mm Howitzers and lower their heads during a moment of silence, paying tribute to fallen Korean War era Marines, at the 62nd Memorial Anniversary of the Korean War at Camp Pendleton’s Pacific Views Event Center, Sept. 22. The event was held to honor the veterans who fought during the Landing on Inchon, in the street of Seoul and in the northern mountains near the Chosen Reservoir.

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Marines stand by 105mm Howitzers and lower their heads during a moment of silence, paying tribute to fallen Korean War era Marines, at the 62nd Memorial Anniversary of the Korean War at Camp Pendleton’s Pacific Views Event Center, Sept. 22. The event was held to honor the veterans who fought during the Landing on Inchon, in the street of Seoul and in the northern mountains near the Chosen Reservoir. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A M1917A1 .30-caliber machine gun is displayed for Korean War veterans and other guest during the 62nd Memorial Anniversary of the Korean War at Camp Pendleton’s Pacific Views Event Center, Sept. 22. The event was held to honor the veterans who fought during the Landing on Inchon, in the street of Seoul and in the northern mountains near the Chosen Reservoir.

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A M1917A1 .30-caliber machine gun is displayed for Korean War veterans and other guest during the 62nd Memorial Anniversary of the Korean War at Camp Pendleton’s Pacific Views Event Center, Sept. 22. The event was held to honor the veterans who fought during the Landing on Inchon, in the street of Seoul and in the northern mountains near the Chosen Reservoir. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Volunteers from the United States Marine Corps Historical Company speak to an attendee during the 62nd Memorial Anniversary of the Korean War at Camp Pendleton’s Pacific Views Event Center, Sept. 22. The event was held to honor the veterans who fought during the Landing on Inchon, in the street of Seoul and in the northern mountains near the Chosen Reservoir.

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Volunteers from the United States Marine Corps Historical Company speak to an attendee during the 62nd Memorial Anniversary of the Korean War at Camp Pendleton’s Pacific Views Event Center, Sept. 22. The event was held to honor the veterans who fought during the Landing on Inchon, in the street of Seoul and in the northern mountains near the Chosen Reservoir. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Weapons from the Korean War era are displayed for attendees during the 62nd Memorial Anniversary of the Korean War at Camp Pendleton’s Pacific Views Event Center, Sept. 22. The event was held to honor the veterans who fought during the Landing on Inchon, in the street of Seoul and in the northern mountains near the Chosen Reservoir.

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Weapons from the Korean War era are displayed for attendees during the 62nd Memorial Anniversary of the Korean War at Camp Pendleton’s Pacific Views Event Center, Sept. 22. The event was held to honor the veterans who fought during the Landing on Inchon, in the street of Seoul and in the northern mountains near the Chosen Reservoir. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- In 1950, U.S. President Harry S. Truman authorized a strategic yet dangerous amphibious assault. U.S. forces navigated the tidal flats of northern Inchon's Red Beach surprising an invading North Korean Army and vaulting themselves into the Korean War.

Camp Pendleton hosted the 62nd Memorial Anniversary of the Korean War at the Pacific Views Event Center to honor the veterans who fought during the Landing on Inchon, in the streets of Seoul and in the northern mountains near the Chosin Reservoir, Sept. 22.

The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when 90,000 North Korean troops advanced across the 38th Parallel, forcing the Republic of Korea's forces to retreat. Three days later, forces from the United States and United Nations entered the conflict against the North Korean Army.

"Our gathering here today is for a memorial and remembrance of the passing of Col. William E. Barber chapter members who took part in that famous battle, Chosin Reservoir, during November (and) December, 1950," said Bob Licker, the reunion coordinator and national president of The Chosin Few Association.

By the end of the war, approximately 150,000 troops from South Korea, the U.S. and the U.N. were killed and more than one million South Korean civilian lives were taken.

"We get together each year to remember the Marines that have fought and died in the Korean War, since the Korean War, those who were (prisoners of war) and those who are now considered missing in action," said Licker. "We keep their memory alive because ‘once a Marine, always a Marine’ even in the hereafter."

Each Korean War veteran who passed away during the past year was individually mentioned and honored with a moment of silence and a toll of a remembrance bell.

"The Korean War veterans present today all contributed to the success of the Marine Corps during that conflict and added another chapter in the rich history of the U.S. Marine Corps," said Col. Paul A. Miller, the assistant chief of staff with G-6, I Marine Expeditionary Force.

During the ceremony a 21-gun salute from five 105mm Howitzers rang out; in some ways, bringing veterans right back to those famous Korean battles.

These howitzers saved many lives by pushing back enemy assaults, Licker said.

"None of the men knew that the Howitzers were going to do the salute," said Licker. "They were as proud as can be to see that the "105s" are still out there and are still firing, because those were the ones that supported us."

With a peace treaty never being signed by the North and South Korean nations, many look at the war as an inane conflict.

"We won that war," said Sgt. Maj. (retired) Mike "Iron Mike" Mervosh. "Thinking back on it, South Korea is free today and that proves that we didn't fight in vain."


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  • Sid Pope 246 days ago
    Historian. Would like to get location of every Marine camp to include tent camp with the camp name in Korea from 1950 until present. Also, fighting position on the Z at all outpost and guard posts. Hope to hear from you

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