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Amphibious ships of the Inchon Invasion
                      Landing Ships, Dock

USS Cabildo LSD 16                    USS Colonial LSD 18
USS Comstock LSD 19                USS Gunston Hall LSD 5
USS Tortuga LSD 26                   USS Whetstone LSD 27
                           
Landing Ships, Men
LSM 226       LSM 546
         
Landing Ships, Men, Rocket (launching)
LSMR 404     LSMR 409   LSMR 412      LSMR 525
LSMR 536    (USS White River)
                           
Landing Ships, Tanks
LST 391                LST 503
LST 529                LST 561        LST 629                  LST 692
LST 715                LST 722       
LST 758 (pictured) LST 762
LST 772                LST 819        LST 822                  LST 914
LST 963    (USS Sphinx)
LST 973    (USS Trapp)
LST 975                LST 1006
LST 1032              LST 1048       LST 1073               LST 1078         LST 1080   (USS Pender County)
LST 1081              LST 1082
LST 1083              LST 1089       LST 1101               LST 1148

Many LST's and other ships delivered materials and equipment to and from Korea after the Inchon Invasion.The LST 1126 made one such a trip in 1954. We experienced the famous, and extremely fast falling tide around Inchon, and were required to go on shore power when unable to unload and disembark in the short time required. Liberty on base only was allowed, however the Marine guards at the base entrance didn't know that and some ventured into the city. Returning through the bow doors with contriband ... (WHO, ME ??)
      Women serving in the Korean War

In August 1950, the Women Reserves were mobilized
for the Korean War; the number of women on active duty in the Marine Corps peaked at 2,787. The Korean War   gave women serving in the Marine Corps new career opportunities outside of the usual clerical and administrative service and a chance to return to several duty stations.   A 1951 report by the Procedures Analysis Office determined that Women Marines were capable of serving in 27 of 43 military occupational specialties such as personnel and administration, intelligence, logistics, mapping and surveying, fire control, instrument repair, electronics and aviation electronics, motor transport, public information, operational communications and disbursing. However, most Women Marines served in the traditional areas such as clerical and administration. For women officers, only nine fields were considered appropriate for women.


My, how times have changed!!. We (2008) now have women filling nearly all of the same billets as the men, and proving themselve worthy of the assignments.
Amphibious Tanks (AMTRAKS)
Delivered by LST's during the
Korean War - Vietnam War
Gulf Wars
1953               The ship participated in the preparations for nuclear bomb testing in the Marshall Islands. The 1126 operated in and around the Marshall Islands making port in Hawaii for materials and personnel required in the islands.
Jack Miller gives a good day by day overview of this tour of duty in the 1951 - 1953 years section. Because of the secrecy of the duty, it was considered a hardship tour of duty with many married and short timers getting off before it left for the islands. The ship was on this tour of duty for most of the year, arriving back in the states in October 1953.
1950                LST-1126 operated around San Diego and supposedly made the Alaskan resupply run again.
1951                On 10 February 1951 LCDR EASLEY was relieved by LT. J. H. MEHUS, USN, who retained command of the ship throughout the Korean conflict. During 1951 the ship operated mainly in the Southern California area but made another tour of duty to Point Barrow, Alaska. After returning,  LST- 1126 also spent two months in the yards.
1952                 LST-1126 operated in and out of San Diego for the entire year of 1952. During the summer it made another tour of duty to Point Barrow, Alaska and other ports in the area delivering materials and equipment for the continued build up. The ship sustained major damages to the hull just beneath the boiler room during the trip to Point Barrow, Alaska and had to gointo dry dock in Bremerton, Washington for repairs. This was during the late part of 1952, and while there the crew was purged of short timers. It was scheduled to go to Korea, but another LST which was to be used in the Marshall Islands was unable to make the trip and the LST 1126 was chosen to take it's place.
         LST 1126 during the Korean War
Although the LST 1126 did not serve in the war zone during the Korean War, it did make
deliveries of vehicles, and supplies in 1954.
         


           The Korean War, June 1950 - July 1953 --


On 25 June 1950, the young Cold War suddenly turned hot, bloody and expensive. Within a few days, North Korea's invasion of South Korea brought about a United Nations' "police action" against the aggressors. That immediately produced heavy military and naval involvement by the United States. While there were no illusions that the task would be easy, nobody expected that this violent conflict would continue for more than three years.
Throughout the summer of 1950, the U.S. and the other involved United Nations' states scrambled to contain North Korea's fast-moving army, assemble the forces necessary to defeat it and simultaneously begin to respond to what was seen as a global military challenge from the Communist world.
Though America's Armed Forces had suffered from several years' of punishing fiscal constraints, the end of World War II just five years earlier had left a vast potential for recovery. U.S. materiel reserves held large quantities of relatively modern ships, aircraft, military equipment and production capacity that could be reactivated in a fraction of the time necessary to build them anew. More importantly, the organized Reserve forces included tens of thousands of trained people, whose World War II experiences remained reasonably fresh and relevant.
In mid-September 1950 a daring amphibous invasion at Inchon fractured the North Korean war machine. In the following two months UN armies pushed swiftly through North Korea. However, with victory seemingly in sight, China intervened openly, and the Soviet Union not-so-openly, on the side of their defeated fellow Communist neighbor. The UN was thrown back midway into South Korea. Early in the new year, the Chinese army was in turn contained and forced to retreat.
By the middle of 1951, the front lines had stabilized near where the war started twelve months earlier. Negotiations began amid hopes that an early truce could be arranged. But this took two more frustrating years, during which the contending forces fought on, with the U.S. Navy providing extensive air and gunfire support, a constant amphibious threat, relentless minesweeping and a large logistics effort.
Finally, on 27 July 1953, with a new regime in the USSR and the blunting of a final Communist offensive, negotiations concluded and fighting ended. However, the Cold War, considerably warmed up by the Korean experience, would maintain its costly existence for nearly four more decades.

                                                      
(DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER)
                                                   Inchon Invasion, September 1950

Four LSTs unload men and equipment while "high and dry" at low tide on Inchon's Red Beach, 16 September 1950, the day after the initial landings there. USS LST-715 is on the right end of this group, which also includes LST-611, LST-845 and one other. Another LST is beached on the tidal mud flats at the extreme right.
Note bombardment damage to the building in center foreground, many trucks at work, Wolmi-Do island in the left background and the causeway connecting the island to Inchon. Ship in the far distance, just beyond the right end of Wolmi-Do, is USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729)
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                                   Korean War Casualties
The United States Armed Forces suffered 33,665 Americans killed in action in Korea; 3,275 died there from non-hostile causes. *TOTAL: 36,940 Americans gave their lives in the Korean Theater. There were 92,134 Americans wounded in action in 103,284 incidents. A total of 1,789,000 Americans served in the Korean theater during the Korean War from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953. There are still 8,176 MIAs.
South Korea sustained 1,312,836 military casualties, including 415,004 dead; casualties among other United Nations allies totaled 16,532, including 3,094 dead. Estimated Communist casualties were 2 million. The economic and social damage to the Korean nation was incalculable.

                           
With casualties like this how can it be called a FORGOTEN WAR ???

While the Korean War was ongoing, the LST 1126 was operating in and around the Marshall Islands delivering supplies, materials, fuel, and water to other small crafts and islands where nuclear test were to be held later in 1954. (Code named Castle Operations)
Once again LST's and other Amphibs were called upon to deliver the troops, equipment, amtraks, tanks and other vital needed items directly to the beaches ... muddy, or frozen  as they might be in support of the Korean War. After the invasion they continued helping keep the needed supplies moving in and out.
Leaflet Materials supplied by:
Paul A. Wolfgeher
1st Loudspeaker & Leaflet Co.
Seoul, Korea
Oct. 1952 - Feb. 1954
(Thanks Paul)
Furnished by P.A. Wolfgeher
Seoul, Korea
1952-1954

You’ve heard of the
“Brain Washing” by the Communist when they captured our troops, but have you ever heard of the
Leaflet and Loudspeaker Co. that spread the word of encouragement for the enemy to stop fighting and come over to the other side?
This sure surprised me when I ran accross it.
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Furnished by Paul A. Wolfgeher
Seoul, Korea 1952-1954
The LST 1126 was making Dew line Resupply runs to Alaska in 1950 - 1951 - 1952
Furnished by Paul A Wolfgeher
Seoul Korea 1952 - 1954
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Furnished by Paul A. Wolfgeher
Seoul, Korea 1952-1954
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Furnished by Paul Wolfgeher
Seoul, Korea 1952-1954