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Entry: 85649
BATTALION D COREE - KOREAN WAR
IN MEMORY OF THE FRENCH VOLUNTEERS

GAUTIER DUBREUIL wrote on March 5, 2013


City and State: FONTAINE LES DIJON

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: The brother of my grandmother was called Pierre LATOUR.

He was born in 1927 at Corcelles les Arts, close from Beaune in Burgundy, France.

As a teen, he witnessed fierce fight between the
Shermans of the 1st French army and the German flak88 antitanks just a mile away from the family house.

When he was 22, he enlisted in the red berets
paratroops (in the 8th marine airborne infantry reg.)wich had a well deserved serious business reputation.

When he heard late 1950 about the creation of a unit to help Americans in Korea, he volunteered immediatly as he wanted to pay our debt to America in WW2.

He was from the first batch of Frenchs that reach Korea and his unit became part of the 23rd Infantry from the 2I div. he survived to Twin tunnels, Chipyong-ni, Hwachon Reservoir and Hangye.

He was killed at Inje on 30 May 1951 while cleaning the remaining Chinese positions on
the hill north of the town.

From what I know, he only sent 2 letters to the family while in korea. he made clear that he saw hell without giving details.

I've learned about this story during a family meeting, from elders that have now passed away.
In Memoriam.


Keywords: French battalion, 23rd, 2ID, Twin Tunnels, Chipyong-ni,
Hwachon Reservoir, Hangye, Inje.



Entry: 59932
BATTALION D COREE - KOREAN WAR
BATAILLON DE CORÉE

LÉON C. ROCHOTTE wrote on February 6, 2007


City and State: ST MICHEL SUR MEURTHE

Unit: FMS LA GRANDIÈRE F631

Service or Relationship: UNITED NATIONS

Comments: Le Bataillon français de Corée

Le 27 Juillet 1950, le Président de la République Française Monsieur Vincent AURIOL, et Monsieur Guy MOLLET, estiment nécessaire une aide aux forces de l'O.N.U. en Corée. Mais l'Armée Française est fortement engagée en Indochine et sa participation aux opérations de l'ONU ne pourra être que très limitée.
Un Bataillon est créé le 25 Août. Il sera formé de 1.017 volontaires venus tant de l'active que des réserves et placé sous le commandement du Lieutenant-Colonel MONCLAR. Compte tenu des relèves mais aussi des lourdes pertes subies par cette modeste mais valeureuse unité combattante, c'est un contingent de 3.421 hommes que la France fournira à la Force des Nations Unies en Corée (F.N.U.C.) entre 1950 et 1953.
Le 29 Novembre, le Bataillon Français débarque à PUSAN pour être intègré aux forces de l'O.N.U. Complèté d'une Compagnie de l'Armée de la République de Corée, il rentrera, aux côtés de deux bataillons américains, dans les effectifs du 23ème Régiment de la Second Infantry Division ("Indianhead"), prestigieuse Unité U.S. dont la particularité est d'avoir été formée en France, à Bourmont (Haute-Marne) en 1917.
Il sera de tous les principaux combats à partir de Janvier 1951 jusqu'à la cessation des hostilités en 1953.
En Février 1951, le 23ème R.I.US auquel appartient le B.F. ONU, est encerclé à TWIN TUNNEL et à CHIPYONG NI. Il résistera victorieusement à la 125ème Division Chinoise tout entière et parviendra à se dégager, stoppant l'avance ennemie.
En Mars on le voit à l'assaut de la cote 1037 et en Mai il est à PUTCHAETUL, intervenant efficacement pour enrayer l'offensive chinoise de printemps. De Septembre à Octobre 1951 les opérations culminent pour le Bataillon avec l'enlèvement de la cote 931 dite du Crève-CSur (Heartbreak Ridge). Le BF/ONU continuera de prendre part à toutes les actions menées par la 2ème Division US du Triangle de Fer à CHUNGASAN et au Fer de Lance jusqu'à la cessation des hostilités le 27 Juillet 1953. En Octobre, le Bataillon quitte les Forces de l'O.N.U.
Le Bataillon Français de l'O.N.U. a reçu deux Citations Présidentielles de la République de Corée, trois Citations Présidentielles des États-Unis d'Amérique, et a été cité cinq fois à l'Ordre de l'Armée Française.

Please check:
http://assoc.orange.fr/france-coree/eurokorvet/eurokorvet.htm and links


Keywords: Twin Tunnels, Chipyong Ni, Putchaetul, Heartbreak Ridge, Chungasan, Arrow edge, Punch Bowl, Pork-shop Hill, Second Indianhead Division, 23rd IR, Gl Monclar, Col. Fauvell-Champion, Robert Breuil, Gérard Journet, BF/ONU, FMS La Grandière F731


Entry: 55242
BATTALION D COREE - KOREAN WAR
NEW KOREAN WAR WEB SITE

ROBERT BUCKELL wrote on January 18, 2006

Email Update Needed

City and State: EAST GRINSTEAD SX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Please visit my new web site dedicated to British and other Commonwealth veterans of the Korean War at www.thekoreanwar.co.uk

Keywords:


Entry: 51967
BATTALION D COREE - KOREAN WAR
NEED YOUR HELP

DOUGLAS RICE wrote on July 11, 2005

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am collecting personal stories from soldiers who served during the Korean War. My cousin, PFC Ernest Edge, served with the 23rd Inf. Regt. and was KIA on May 18, 1951.
If I am able to collect enough stories, I hope to write a book.
I would love to hear any stories from the brave men of France who served along side the 23rd Inf. Regt.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Keywords:


Entry: 49603
BATTALION D COREE - KOREAN WAR

LÉON C. ROCHOTTE wrote on March 17, 2005


City and State:

Unit: FMS LA GRANDIÈRE F731

Service or Relationship: UNITED NATIONS VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: EuroKorVet updated

http://assoc.wanadoo.fr/france-coree/eurokorvet/eurokorvet.htm

France:

Korea: Inchon and Wonsan landings, Chipyong Ni, Heartbreakridge, Arrowhead... Indochina: "Bataille d'Ankhé" (GM100)...

E-MAIL ADRESSES DOESNT APPEAR ON THIS WEBSITE.

MY E-MAIL lcr.fn.korean.vet@wanadoo.fr

Léon C. ROCHOTTE - Kor and Nam Vet

French Navy.

God bless all.


Keywords: French Bn - BF/ONU - FMS La Grandière F731


Entry: 49602
BATTALION D COREE - KOREAN WAR
EUROKORVET

LÉON C. ROCHOTTE wrote on March 17, 2005


City and State:

Unit: FMS LA GRANDIÈRE F731

Service or Relationship: UNITED NATIONS VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Please check now a new section on my personal website: "European Koreanwar Veterans" non official
URL http://assoc.wanadoo.fr/france-coree/eurokorvet/eurokorvet.htm

French Battalion and French Navy in Korean War.

United Kingdom and Commonwealth - Belgique et Luxembourg - The Netherlands...
Soon : Turkey - Greece - Norway - Sweden...

Léon C. Rochotte
Kor and Nam Vet
French Navy


Keywords: Inchon and Wonsan landing


Entry: 49564
BATTALION D COREE - KOREAN WAR
DETACHED SERVICE W/FRENCH BATTALION

JOHN BODWELL wrote on March 14, 2005


City and State: OAKHURST CA

Unit: HQ-HQ CO., 23RD INF. REG.

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: French Friends: Ramon Gras, Luc Duby, Sgt. and Chef Manual Avila. I have lost and/or forgotten many of their names. I had several conversations with Colonel Monclar in his quarters. The Colonel usually operated his battalion headquarters from a frontline company. He served me some of his personal wine once--I was just a corporal at the time.

Keywords: Was on detached service (not on my service record) as a radioman with the French Battalion for about 3 months at the Punchbowl,Bloody Ridge, and Heartbreak Ridge hill(931).


Entry: 45072
BATTALION D COREE - KOREAN WAR
POINT DE FLECHE BATTLE

JORGE L. RODRIGUEZ SR. wrote on August 7, 2004


City and State: ARECIBO PR

Unit: B COMPANY, 23RD INF. REGT.

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I would like to get in contact with any french soldiers at the battle of Pint de Fleche on October 9, 1952.

Contact me at the above e-mail please.


Keywords: Arrow Ridge Battle


Entry: 25334
BATTALION D COREE - KOREAN WAR
RESEARCH ON BATTALION D COREE

JOHN CRESPI wrote on May 9, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State: OLATHE KS

Unit: US ARMY RETIRED 1ST CAV DIV

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Dear Sirs
I retired Army Sgt doing research on the two French Battalions that served with US Forces in Korea and than went on to serve France in Viet Nam.When in Viet Nam these Battalions served with a unit that was called Groups Mobile 100 which was made up of the men who had served in the French Battalions durning the Korea War.Can you please put me in touch with someone from the Battalion d Coree i am at a point in my research where books are of no help only a vet will be able to tell me about this great and very brave unit.Thank you so much for your help in my research.
SFC John Crespi
AMEDS USA Ret


Keywords: Battalion d Coree


Entry: 13895
BATTALION D COREE - KOREAN WAR
MISSOURI GUNS IN ROKA 1 CORPS SECTOR

LÉON C. ROCHOTTE wrote on December 28, 2000


City and State:

Unit: FRENCH NAVAL FORCES IN KOREA

Service or Relationship: UNITED NATIONS VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: ANSWER To Message 19354 - John REM

Your email address is false, old cobber.
If you can read me, try again.
Regards.

To all: Happy New Year from FRANCE.


Keywords: Inchon Invasion


Entry: 13679
BATTALION D COREE - KOREAN WAR
RALPH MONCLAR (RAOUL MAGRIN-VERNEREY)

RICHARD ESTEY wrote on December 17, 2000


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Seeking info on French Battalion commander
Ralph Monclar (Raoul Magrin-Vernerey). Looking for information on his early carrerr in
WWI/WWII as well as Korean service.


Keywords: Ralph Monclar (nee Raoul Magrin-Vernerey)


Entry: 11627
BATTALION D COREE - KOREAN WAR
HEARTBREAK RIDGE 23RD IR

ARTHUR J. SOUZA wrote on September 11, 2000

Email Update Needed

City and State: MC DERMITT NV

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: We knew her only by her nickname "Pepita'and when our Regt, the 23rd, left Heartbreak,we lost track of her,and am now wondering what became of her. Any news would be appreciated.

Keywords: Wanting to know what became of French woman volunteer who served with the French battalion during the Heartbreak Ridge campaign


Entry: 8267
BATTALION D COREE - KOREAN WAR

JOHN O. REM wrote on April 26, 2000


City and State: SAN DIEGO CA

Unit: 780TH FA BN

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I am interested in the correct spelling for the Col's name (and also his full name) and any information that anyone might have on him. As far as I can remember, he was also FO for wide area fire for the Missouri's 16" guns in the ROKA I Corps sector.


Keywords: ROKA I Corps, East Coast, late 1952/early 1953, 780th 8" FA Support, French Colonel, Forward Observer, last name sounded like Soucelle unsure of spelling.


Entry: 5243
BATTALION D COREE - KOREAN WAR
BATAILLON DE CORÉE

LÉON C. ROCHOTTE wrote on November 23, 1999


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: UNITED NATIONS VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: FRENCH BATTALION (Bataillon Français de l'ONU) landed at PUSAN on 29th November 1950
to be integrated in the 23rd Regiment of the SECOND (Indianhead) INFANTRY DIVISION U.S.
and fought till the end of the combats in July 1953. Twin Tunnel, Chipyong Ni, Heartbreak
Ridge, Chungasan, Arrow head, aso...


Three Presidential US, two Presidential ROK, five Citations French Army .


(The 2ndID was founded in France 1917 - Combats: Marne, Argonne, Belleau Wood 4th
Brigade USMC General Harwood)


Servicemen involved in Korea: 3,421


Killed in action : 287


Wounded : 1,350


Missing in action :7


P.O.W. taken :12



FRENCH NAVAL FORCES in KOREA


Escorteur LA GRANDIÈRE F731 (integrated in the 4 th Frigate Squadron Commonwealth under
British command - Task Group 90.4 then Minesweeping Group TG 95.6) :

143 seamen, from 8th July to 30th November 1950.


Killed in action : 2 (before setting sail to Korean waters, by Viêt-Minh, Saïgon River)



About the French contribution please visit:

Click Here for french and english, History of the 2nd Infantry Division, WW1, WW2, French Battalion (23rd I.R. US)


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