John Connor

Let Slip the Dogs of War: A Memoir of the 1st Raider Company, Korea, 1950–51

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Merriam Press Korean War Series. First eBook Edition 2017. A few weeks after North Korea invaded the South, a Provisional Raider Co. was created to blow up bridges and railway tunnels behind enemy lines. Of 800 volunteers, 115 made the cut, enduring weeks of grueling training. Raiders went ashore at Inchon with the Marines, and X Corps at Wonsan. They conducted long-range intelligence-gathering patrols in which they also inserted and removed Korean agents. During the Chosin Reservoir campaign they took and held open the mountain passes for the withdrawal of the Marines and the 7th Division. The Raiders were evacuated from North Korea on 14 Dec 1950, and assigned anti-guerrilla activities in South Korea. At Chang-to they were cut off and surrounded by two North Korean regiments. On 1 Apr 1951, all Ranger and Special Operations units were disbanded because the army high command believed they were not being utilized properly. This is their story, as told by a member of the unit. 32 photos, 7 documents.
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266 printed pages
Original publication
2017

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