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The Chosin Few

By Lance Cpl. Orrin Farmer | | September 13, 2013

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The 63rd Anniversary of the Landing on Inchon was held at the Chosin Few monument adjacent to the Pacific Views Event Center here on Sept. 13. The ceremony commemorated the landing on Inchon and the Marines that fought at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.

Veterans from the 1st Marine Division and the Republic of Korea Marines came together in remembrance of their fallen comrades.

Special guests were Republic of Korea veterans and a Korean War survivor who was 8-years-old during the Hungnam Evacuation. She traveled on the United States Naval Ship Meredith Victory to South Korea in December of 1950. Upon reaching the evacuation port of Hungnam, there were almost 98,000 refugees that made the treacherous trek down mountainous, trails and roads following the American forces in subzero temperatures that got as low as 40 below zero.

At the end of the ceremony the 1st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted a 21-gun salute and the 1st Marine Division Band performed TAPS in remembrance of the fallen from the Chosin Reservoir.

A luncheon was held after the ceremonial inside the Pacific Views Event Center to honor the special guests and the Chosin Few.


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