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Posted on 06/11/2018 3:55:19 PM PDT by fugazi
1871: Rear Adm. John Rodgers Asiatic Squadron lands 650 sailors and Marines on the Korean Peninsula. The force storms the Citadel, later known as Fort McKee, and after 15 minutes of fierce close combat, 243 Koreans lay dead and the American flag flies over the fortress.
1903: U.S. Military Academy cadet Douglas MacArthur graduates at the top of his class and receives his commission as a second lieutenant in the Engineer Corps. His father Arthur served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and earned the Medal of Honor during the Civil War, and the MacArthurs own the distinction of being the first father and son to earn the Medal of Honor.
1909: Another famous West Pointer is commissioned: 2nd Lt. George S. Patton Jr., who becomes a cavalry trooper. Old Blood and Guts is the grandson of Col. George S. Patton and great-nephew of Lt. Col. Waller T. Patton both of whom fought and died for the Confederacy.
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Thanks. That was an inspiring read.
What in the world were we doing landing in Korea in 1871 just six years after the Civil War ended?
forcing them to open trade, like japan during that time, neither country wanted us
Attempting to open trade with Korea. It did not work.
A similar, but peaceful show of force had worked with Japan in 1853.
In 1944, that devastating storm that would destroy many parts of the Normandy Mulberry ports was brewing out in the NW Atlantic ....
Contesting the tariff on Kimchee?
My thought exactly. We ended up getting the Koreans to trade a few years later. I don’t know that killing anyone helped anything though.
It always struck me as odd forcing the Japanese and Korean nations to trade with us. What’s was our objective? To open new markets for U.S. products? What was the harm in letting them stay poor and isolated?
Cadet MacArthur also had his mother in residence at the very local West Point Hotel for his 4 years at the Academy. The term 'helicopter parent' may be new but the behavior dates back to pre-history.
The only other father-son Medal of Honor recipients are Teddy Roosevelt and Teddy Roosevelt, Jr. Teddy Jr is buried in Normandy next to his brother Quinton who was a member of the Lafayette Escadrille and was shot down in World War I.
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