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Shot and Beaten, A Marine Crawls From Chosin to Safety | Chosin
YouTube ^ | Jun 2, 2014 | American Heroes Channel

Posted on 12/09/2015 7:59:27 AM PST by WhiskeyX

The Chinese thought they killed a wounded Marine private Ed Reeves with a bullet as they massacred troops in a stricken US convoy. When the Chinese discovered Reeves alive as they stacked US bodies, the proceeded to beat him with the butts of their rifles until satisfied he was dead. Reeves recounts this horrific encounter and his amazing escape to safety after being left for dead.

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TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: chosin; koreanwar; tffaith
Task Force Faith

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Task Force Faith, also known as Task Force Maclean (and by its official designation, Regimental Combat Team 31 (RCT-31)) or the Polar Bear Regiment (Chinese: 北极熊团; pinyin: Běi Jí Xíong Tuán), was a United States Army unit destroyed in fighting at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War between 27 November – 2 December 1950. It comprised primarily infantry, artillery, and tank units from the 7th Infantry Division, numbering approximately 3,000 soldiers. Of these, about 600 were KATUSAs (Korean Augmentee To the U.S. Army). The name Task Force Faith was originally coined by a U.S. Army historian, however the unit was never known by this name. RCT-31, which consisted of the 31st Infantry Regiment and supporting units, had the 1/31 Infantry detached and the 1/32 Infantry (from the RCT-32) added, and the designation RCT-31 was never changed.


1 posted on 12/09/2015 7:59:27 AM PST by WhiskeyX
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To: WhiskeyX

Man this is where it would really help to have the FR gibberish problem fixed.

2 posted on 12/09/2015 8:08:26 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: WhiskeyX
I'm reading Max Hastings' book on the Korean War. Fascinating. He talks about the Marine Corps retreat ("advancing in a different direction") from Chosin. Contrary to the advice of the Army General on the scene, the Marines conducted an orderly withdrawal under fire, bringing their vehicles, equipment and -- most importantly-- their dead and wounded with them. They demonstrated that the Marine Corps was a fighting force.

The Army, on the other hand, caught "bug out fever" and mostly ran as fast as they could run when the Chinese poured into Korea. They showed what happens when you throw a bunch of occupation troops used to living high on the hog, and unprepared reservists plucked from stateside, into a war zone.

3 posted on 12/09/2015 8:10:07 AM PST by jumpingcholla34 (.)
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I haven’t studied the Korean War much, so my perspective may be out there.

But, am I off base in concluding that our forces were dropped into the middle of enemy territory, over-whelmed due to poor intelligence of enemy strength, and had to fight their way out? It seems like a large strategic mistake.

4 posted on 12/09/2015 8:20:49 AM PST by AlmaKing
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Not every soldier ran, nor every old man was with the 7th Infantry Regiment- the Cottonbailers protected the flanks of the Marines as they moved down to the port of Hungnam. Awarded a Bronze Star with V Device on December 5th...was the very last to leave the beach before the pier was blown...

5 posted on 12/09/2015 8:22:12 AM PST by nicko (CW3 (ret.) CPT, you need to just unass the AO; I know what I'm doing- that goes for you too, Major)
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I highly recommend ...Probably the best book I've read about the Marines at the Chosin.
6 posted on 12/09/2015 8:25:32 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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The Norks where well equipped (by the Soviets) modernized and fought “fair” and treated prisoners with respect. Regardless the Marines and the US Army kicked their butts and Dug Out Doug wanted permission to cross into China. Well they came at us first. The Chinese were merciless bastards and massacred prisoners. I don’t think the Norks and the ChiComs Army ever really got along very well.

7 posted on 12/09/2015 8:31:10 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: oh8eleven

Another good read is “This Kind of War”.

8 posted on 12/09/2015 8:35:29 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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9 posted on 12/09/2015 9:42:13 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Sell your television. Buy gold, silver, land, guns, and ammo.)
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“The Norks where well equipped (by the Soviets) modernized and fought “fair” and treated prisoners with respect.”

That is false propaganda. The Koreans serving as soldiers in the Japanese Army during World War two were notorious for being notably more vicious and murderous towards POWs than the other Japanese soldiers. During the Korean War the North Korean soldiers were noted for being more cruel and murderous than the Chinese soldiers. See:

The US reported that North Korea mistreated prisoners of war: soldiers were beaten, starved, put to forced labor, marched to death, and summarily executed.

The KPA killed POWs at the battles for Hill 312, Hill 303, the Pusan Perimeter, and Daejeon—discovered during early after-battle mop-up actions by the UN forces. Later, a US Congress war crimes investigation, the United States Senate Subcommittee on Korean War Atrocities of the Permanent Subcommittee of the Investigations of the Committee on Government Operations reported that “... two-thirds of all American prisoners of war in Korea died as a result of war crimes.”

Although the Chinese rarely executed prisoners like their Korean counterparts, mass starvation and diseases swept through the Chinese run POW camps during the winter of 1950—51. About 43 percent of all US POWs died during this period. The Chinese defended their actions by stating that all Chinese soldiers during this period were suffering mass starvation and diseases due to the lack of competent logistics system. The UN POWs, however, disputed the claim by pointing out that most of the Chinese camps were located near the easily supplied Sino-Korean border, and that starvation was used to force the prisoners to accept the communism indoctrinations programs, which were running in full swing after the starvation was over.

Korean War Atrocities: Interviews with Prisoners of War Documentary Film
YouTube ^ | n.d. | The Big Picture, U.S. Army, Signal Corps Pictorial Center

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10 posted on 12/09/2015 10:11:09 AM PST by WhiskeyX
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