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Entry: 93109
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
MARINE FIGHTER SQUADRON 312 IN KOREA

WILBUR WILCOX wrote on May 6, 2016


City and State: SUN CITY CENTER, FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 92900
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
SEMPER FI !

WILBUR WILCOX wrote on March 22, 2016


City and State: SUN CITY CENTER FL

Unit: VMF-312 IN KOREA

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 82358
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
CAVALRY ATTACK AGAINST VMA-312

THOMAS E. (T.E.) MOORE wrote on March 5, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: On 24,Feb.1953, Major David Cleeland, of VMA-312,
flying from the USS Bataan-CVL-29, had his F4U-4
Corsair #97120, hit by enemy flak over Haeju, Maj.
Cleeland crash-landed on the frozen Annyong Reservoir,
abandoned his aircraft, and made a dash for safety.
Out onto the ice came a North Korean Cavalry Troop,
complete with horses and flashing sabers. Down
plummeted VMA-312 USMC Corsairs, their rockets and
bombs breaking up the ice under the Koreans in a
surrealistic 20th. century replay of Pharoah versus
the Israelites. A 581st.ARCWg.SAR helicopter soon had
Maj.Cleeland back safe in U.N. hands.


Keywords: VMA-312-USS Bataan-CVL-29-F4U-4 Corsair-24,Feb.1953-
Annyong Reservoir-581st. ARCWg SAR-Helo-Haeju-



Entry: 82357
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
DOWNED ENEMY YAK'S

THOMAS E. (T.E.) MOORE wrote on March 5, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: On 21,April 1951,Section Leader Cpt.Phillip DeLong, a
World War-II ace, and his Wingman 1st.Lt.Harold Daigh
of VMA-312, flying their Corsairs from the USS Bataan-
CVL-29, were bounced by four enemy YAK-9 aircraft.The
two Marine pilots in the dogfight, shot down three,
and damaged the fourth enemy YAK. Cpt.DeLong's plane
had a few enemy shell holes in it. Both Marines made
a safe landing back aboard their carrier.


Keywords: USS Bataan-CVL-29-YAK-9's-Cpt.DeLong-1st.Lt.Daigh-
21,Apr.1951-F4U-4 Corsairs-VMA-312-



Entry: 70717
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
CAPT. CLARENCE W. TUXBURY (TUX)

DOUG TUXBURY wrote on June 26, 2009

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I recently found a scarf (checkerboard) that my dad wore. My dad passed awar on 12/5/03. Does anyone reemember him and could you share your knowledge of him. I have old flight logs books and so much more. He was part of VMA-312.

Keywords: Checkerboard Squadron


Entry: 68455
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
SGT MAJOR LUTHER J. ROACH

MARK ROACH wrote on December 30, 2008

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: LOOKING TO FIND ANYONE WHO SERVED WITH MY DAD. HE HAS SINCE DECEASED, BUT LOVED HIS "CORP" TO THE END.

I KNOW HE WAS WING ORDNANCE, ALSO SO HE WAS CLOSE WITH A COL.SARLES.. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ANY STORIES ABOUT THE MAN I CALLED "DAD"...........



Entry: 67630
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
FIND FRIENDS OF MY FATHER-VMA-312

NICK DEROSE JR. wrote on October 26, 2008


City and State: SOUTH PORTLAND ME

Unit: N/A

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: IF KEN GILBERT IS STILL CHECKING FOR ANY RESPONSES TOWARD HIS LAST INQUIRY ABOUT MY DAD-NICK DEROSE, REGRETABLY, HE PASSED AWAY IN 1977 WHILE I WAS SERVING IN THE NAVY ABOARD THE U.S.S. JOHN F. KENNEDY-CV67. I ONLY MET MY FATHER TWICE WHEN I WAS YOUNG, BUT , STILL HAVE MANY OF HIS PHOTOGRAPHS OF HIM SERVING ABOARD THE VARIOUS CVE'S DURING KOREA. IF THERE IS ANYONE ELSE, IN ADDITION TO KEN GILBERT, WHO KNEW MY DAD PLEASE CONTACT ME AT nicnacs1863@yahoo.com

Keywords: NICK DEROSE WHO SERVED WITH VMA 312-52/53 AS AN
ORDNANCE SGT.-U.S.M.C.



Entry: 63659
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
CHECKERBOARD SQUADRON

DOUG TUXBURY wrote on January 2, 2008

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I recently can upon a scarf (blue/white checkerboard) that belonged to my father. My father's name is Bill Tuxbury "Tux". I know he was shot down and rescued from the Korean Sea. However, I would like to know more about him and the time he flew in Korea. My father passed away on December 5, 2003 and i s at Arlington Cemetary. Any stories or thoughts about my father would be appreciated.

Keywords: Checkerboard Squadron, Corsair, KOrean War


Entry: 61552
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
VMA 312 CORSAIR #12 KOREA

JAMES TIMMS wrote on July 8, 2007


City and State: WATKINSVILLE GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I have several pictures from my dad's time in Korea. He is standing in front of a Corsair on deck of the USS Sicily. The plane has 12 on the side,WR on the tail, and a nickname on the cowl in front of pilot. The nickname is hard to read but I can almost make out "Rec------ Rebel". If anyone knows anything about the pilot, plane or my father (FN Jewell Timms)...please contact me as we are trying to piece together a tribute to the VMA-312 for display purposes. I'll be happy to e-mail the pictures for anyone's consideration. Also, can anyone supply a good scan of a Korean era VMA-312 patch?
Thank you,
James


Keywords: checkerboards, checkerboarders, VMA-312, Jesse Folmer, pilot, corsair, USS Sicily


Entry: 60690
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
LOOKING FOR VMA 312 KOREA CHECKERBOARD PATCH TO BUY

GEORGE CLIFFORD CLAYTON wrote on April 16, 2007


City and State: FRASER CO

Unit: VMA 312 KOREA

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 55313
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
JOHN J. (MAC) MCMASTERS

SHELLI WILSON wrote on January 21, 2006

Email Update Needed

City and State: CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My grandfather passed quite sometime ago. I don't know much of his achievements, but would like to be able to tell my children (who ask often). Any information on John J. McMasters would be helpfull. He flew in 1943 in Korea as a Flying Sergeant and was shot down. The wing of his plane gashed his leg and he ended up marrying his nurse, my grandmom. But that's about all I know. He flew a Corsair at the time, I think.

Keywords: Flying Sergeants, pilot, WWII


Entry: 49739
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
LOOKING FOR ANY ONE WHO KNEW DONALD L CLARK

JANE CLARK CRAMMER wrote on March 24, 2005

Email Update Needed

City and State: RIVERSIDE NJ

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I do not know much about his time in Korea , I'm pretty sure he was in the frist group of Marines in Korea, He joined the Marines in June of 1948. He was also at Chosin.

Keywords: Marine


Entry: 48108
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
CAPT. W. J. 'JACK' RAINALTER

DUKE DE PLANQUE wrote on January 12, 2005

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for info relating to my uncle Capt. W.J. "Jack" Rainalter KIA 4/22/1951 flying an F4U for VMF 312. Particularly interested in action report on the action on 4/22/51. I can remember as a grade school kid in Honolulu listening to CINCPAC reports on the radio mentioning my uncle.

I'd also be interested in the side number of his F4U-4B of VMA-312 that he was flying when he was shot down.

Thanks in advance.

Duke


Keywords: VMA/VMF 312 MAG 12


Entry: 44213
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
VMF-312, MAG-33, '46-'48. ELTORO

RICHARD BRENCHLEY wrote on July 3, 2004


City and State: INDIANAPOLIS IN

Unit: VMF-312

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: It would be nice to hear from any members that might recall me during the time 0f 1946 - 1948

Keywords:


Entry: 41417
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
ANYBODY KNOW MY GRANDFATHER?

SEAN MCGILLICUDDY wrote on March 1, 2004


City and State: MASHPEE MA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I earlier posted this smae message in the VMF-312 site but i learned he was a member of the VMA-312 but anyways I was windering if anybody knew my grandfather Sgt. Richard Cherry. He was a mechanic for the VMA-312 from 1952-1953. He went with them overseas. HE has recently been showing me all his old photos and I have found great interset in them. So i thought that some of you may have been freinds with him or known him. Cause he would really like to talk to anybody about the timwes he used to have. Well thanks for ready please e-mail me with any info.

Keywords: Sgt. Richard Cherry plane Captain/mechanic VMA-312 served from 1952-1953


Entry: 39184
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
FOLMAR'S CORSAIR

THOMAS DISHAW wrote on December 15, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State: BINFHAMTON NY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I am trying to document the Korean Corsair's in 1/48 scale models. I am looking for the side number of Jessie Folmar's F4U-4B of VMA-312 that he was flying when he encountered the MIG-15's and shot one down.
Thank you
Tom


Keywords:


Entry: 38284
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
VMA 312 WW2

CHRIS CARROLL wrote on November 12, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I seek information on Jim Rice, from Louisville, KY and his unit VMA 312 during World War 2. Any biographical info on Rice or unit history is greatly appreciated!

Chris Carroll
BA History NCWC


Keywords: VMA 312 WW2


Entry: 31971
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
VMF/VMA-312 AIR COMBAT

JOE BRENNAN wrote on February 12, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I am researching air combat operations of USMC squadrons in Korea with aim of writing about it. VMF/VMA-312 had encounters with MiG’s on at least 9 occasions: 21 Apr 1951, 25 Oct ’51, 9, 10 and 29 Sep ’52, 28 Nov ’52, 27 Dec ’52, 4 and 17 Feb ‘53. I’d like to be able to describe each one, including the enemy unit involved, which I’ve been able to identify in some cases. But also I’d like more detail from the –312 side; about any of them, but especially the less “famous” ones (21 Apr 51 Yak encounter and 10 Sep 52 when VMA-312 shot down a MiG, have been well written about though more info can’t hurt). Does anyone know more about these incidents first hand or otherwise?

Keywords: units, aircraft


Entry: 30879
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
CAPT. DANIEL GILLON

ROBERT STRODEL wrote on January 1, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I am interested in hearing from anyone who can fill me in on the history of U.S.M.C. pilot Capt. Daniel Gillon of VFM 312.
I have recieved some of his personal flight gear and uniforms with some general history.
I am trying to put his groupings back together for historical exhibit and would appreciate anything for or about him in W.W. 2 or Korea.
Looking for insignia that would be appropriate for uniforms or flight gear he may have worn.


Keywords: VFM 312


Entry: 29209
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
18749 TONT SINS WRORE ON 2000- 04-08

RICHARD (DICK) BARKER wrote on November 1, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State: CHESHIRE MA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 28864
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
VMA-312 INFO

TIM RYAN wrote on October 15, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: There is some info that can be gained by reading the book "Corsair". Not sure of the author but it covers the F4U though its history. Part of which is in Korea.

Keywords: MiG Shoot down


Entry: 25267
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
HILL 673 ('OLD BALDY')

RICHARD BROWN wrote on May 6, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State: PORTSMOUTH VA

Unit: USMC B/1/7

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Am trying to locate a photo of B/1/7 Departing "Old Baldy" which appeared in Life Magazine,I believe in 1952.

I would appreciate any assitance in locating the photo, either thru the Internet, some other reference, or even a copy, should someone have it available.



Keywords: Hill 673 "Old Baldy"


Entry: 22622
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
LOOKING FOR ACTION REPORTS

KEVIN HOGGARD wrote on January 25, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State: MCMINNVILLE OR

Unit: 1042 MEDICAL COMPANY (AIR AMBULANCE)

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Looking for action reports for the vma 312 during 4 September 52 through 13 September 52. I remember my father talking about the first propeller driven airplane to shoot down a MiG. I have located the action reports for the ship during that time and found out that it happened on 10 September 52, but for further information it says to see VMA-312 Aircraft Action Report No. 74 dtd 9/10/52. Any assistance would help me. Thank you

Keywords: CVE 118 USS Sicily


Entry: 21759
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
FATHER JAMES J. KRAUS

JAMES KRAUS wrote on December 26, 2001

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father served in this squadron during Korean War.He was a pilot and held the rank of captain. He was WIA and rarely talked about it. He has passed and I would like to know more of his experiences. Thanx to each and every one of you vets.

Keywords:


Entry: 21478
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
SEARCHING

BOB GANNON wrote on December 14, 2001

Email Update Needed

City and State: JACKSONVILLE NC

Unit: VMA 312

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I'd like to hear from the same people listed in Ken Gilbert's note. In addition, Bull Elliot, Jim Kelly's buddy Roland and Captain Mullins.
Also anyone who recalls: a hot bomb on the port catapult being defuzed by a sergeant and a Gunner, a 5" rocket that exploded upon hitting the water after being dumped overboard. Ken had the nose but who was on the tail?




Keywords: Bataan Presley Bing Ding


Entry: 20644
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
FIND FRIENDS USMC VMA312 '52/'53

KEN GILBERT wrote on November 14, 2001

Email Update Needed

City and State: ALTON NH

Unit: USMC VMA 312 'CHECKERBOARD'

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Would like to hear from Bill Baumgartner,Nick DeRose, Bob Andrade, C.Davy, Ron Gieski, Jim Kelly, Jim Kindig, Russ Osborn, G Smith, Bob White or from anyone who may know where they are now. We served together with"Checkerboard"USMC Squadron VMA312 on USS Bataan, USS Sicily and USS Badoeng Strait during 1952 and 1953.

Keywords: usmc vma 312-uss bataan-uss sicily- uss badoeng strait k-6


Entry: 20136
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
F4U-4 TAIL NO: 96768 (UPDATE - CONTACT MADE- 2003)

ALEX SMART wrote on October 25, 2001


City and State: FALMOUTH, CORNWALL, GB

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Would like to get in touch with Captain(1952) W.D.Smart of VMA-312 of USS Bairoko.
Could anyone help me to find out what the aircraft number was in the Squadron and which hehio was used in his resque on 27/03/1952
Please get in touch.
All for now
Alex

A.Smart
Falmouth,Cornwall

Editor update Feb 01/2003:

Thanks to your web page a reply was received recently from Major W.D.Smart USMC(ret).

He also was kind enough to send to me a copy of January 2003 "LEATHERNECK" magazine in which there is a full account of the episode of his shoot down,capture and rescue.

Major W.D.Smart now resides in Havelock, NC.


Keywords: F4U-4 tail number 96768


Entry: 19061
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
MAJ. EARL WINDELL LANGSTON A.K.A. 'PREACHER'

ROB MEARS wrote on August 30, 2001


City and State: DOWNSVILLE LA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Maj. Earl Windell "Preacher" Langston was my uncle. He flew active combat sorties with VMF-323 and VMF-312 from June thru September of 1952. He was from the Monroe, Louisiana area.

During WWII he was assigned to VMF-221 aboard the USS Bunker Hill flying F4U-1D's during the 1945 cruise to Okinawa. He had three recorded kills/assists prior to being shot down in late April, 1945. He was returned aboard the USS Bunker Hill just prior to her being struck by two Kamikazes (which put the ship out of the war). He survived to fly helicopters until the late 1960's when he lost his like if a helicopter accident in New Zealand.

His log books show Maj. J.E. Ball signing off on his 'Accident and Flight Rule Violation Record" in October of 1952 as having no violations.

I'd like to hear from anyone who was an active pilot with VMF-312 from June - September 1952, as well as anyone who might have been in contact with Windell "Preacher" Langston in any way, shape, or form. Some of the areas he flew stikes against are typed in my 'Keywords' section below. These locations were right out of his log books. Thanks,

Rob Mears


Keywords: VMF-312, F4U Corsair, Corsair, Chun Gang, Pangiun Dong, Maesil Tong, Sinwan Ni, Singi Dong, USS Bunker Hill, VMF-221, VMF-323, Preacher, Kwangtam Ri, Maj. J.E. Ball


Entry: 15979
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
MAN RECALL NAPALM ATTACK

CEDRIC BAKER wrote on April 16, 2001


City and State: DENMARK SC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My uncle paul clark,sr. was interviewed by the columbus ledger-enquirer newspaper in reference to the napalm attack. He's a living victim of 35 percent of his body being burned. I understand that mel gibson is starring in a movie related to this event. do you have any information regarding the article in the colmubus ledger-enquirer title "man recall napalm attack" or information about the movie.
thanks


Keywords:


Entry: 14148
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
FURY CALLED 'TIGER MEAT'

ROBERT HALL wrote on January 7, 2001

Email Update Needed

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Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Hello -

I have a USn or USMC G-1 leather flight jacket that was made during the late 50's or early 60's. On the back is a painting of a Fury (or F-86)jet fighter and the words "Tiger Meat". There are also 7 red stars under the plane. Does anyone know about this plane or have any input about possible meanings of "Tiger Meat".

Thank you

Robert Hall in TN


Keywords: Fury Fj-4 fj-3 jacket


Entry: 13219
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
DAD: MAJ WESTRICK NORRIS

DIANE MYERS wrote on November 23, 2000


City and State: SCOTTSDALE AZ

Unit: VMA 312 MAJOR WESTRICK NORRIS

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My Father, Maj. Westrick Norris - VMA 312

Keywords:


Entry: 13134
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
1952 VMA 312, U.S.S. BADOENG STRAIT CVE 116

CHARLES H. (CHUCK) CARR wrote on November 20, 2000

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Searching for anyone who knew the following pilots stationed aboard the Badoeng Strait December 1952.
Maj. David Cleeland
Capt. Charles L. Mullins
Capt. Daniel Gillon
Capt. Alexander Watson
Capt. Wallace
1st Lt. John B. Goery KIA 27 DEC 52

Researching information to write story around Lt.Goery, the mission. rescue attempt and other pilots.


Keywords:


Entry: 11536
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
FJ-3 FURY

KREGG KIRBY wrote on September 6, 2000

Email Update Needed

City and State: HICKORY NC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I currently own the only known registered FJ-3 Fury in existance. I know that the aircraft served with VMF-312 from 11/56 to 06/57. The Aircraft Bu# is 135965. I do not have any photos of VMF-312 Furies. I would appreciate any help pertaining to the squadron during this time or any information on this particular aircraft.
Thank you!!


Keywords:


Entry: 8346
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
1951-52

LINDA REAGAN wrote on April 30, 2000

Email Update Needed

City and State: PLACENTIA CA

Unit: VMF 312 - 1951-1952

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I am looking for any information relating to VMF-312 in Korea during 1951-1952.

Keywords:


Entry: 7862
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
VMA 312

TONY SIMS wrote on April 8, 2000

Email Update Needed

City and State: YUMA AZ

Unit: RETIRED USMCUSS BADOING STRAIT

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: In the winter 0f 1952-53 VMA 312 was embarked on the Badoing Strait and Bataan.It was also embarked on The USS Bairoko CVE 115 and USS Sicily CVE 118 in warmer season of the year which began in September 1952. On either the Bairoko or the Baatan in the winter of 52\53 there was a huge fire just below the magazine on the hangar deck. It was hot enough to warp the steek decking.. The weather was horrendous with snow and sleet, wind chills in the single digits. Canopies of all F4U Corsairs on the flight were frozen tight. Pilots were told to man their planes for possible evacuation... which would have been near impossible under the conditions being experienced. On the hangar deck the fire was forward of the aft elevator on the port side. The aft elevator was being used to mix napalm and wasn't operational. This episode has stayed in my memory indelably but for the life of me, I can't recall on which carrier the event occured. Here is hoping someone can provide me with an answer.

Keywords: USS Badoing Strait CVE 116
USS Bataan CVL 29



Entry: 7859
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
VMA 312

TONY SIMS wrote on April 8, 2000

Email Update Needed

City and State: YUMA AZ

Unit: RETIRED USMCUSS BADOING STRAIT

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: In the winter 0f 1952-53 VMA 312 was embarked on the Badoing Strait and Bataan.It was also embarked on The USS Bairoko CVE 115 and USS Sicily CVE 118 in warmer season of the year which began in September 1952. On either the Bairoko or the Baatan in the winter of 52\53 there was a huge fire just below the magazine on the hangar deck. It was hot enough to warp the steek decking.. The weather was horrendous with snow and sleet, wind chills in the single digits. Canopies of all F4U Corsairs on the flight were frozen tight. Pilots were told to man their planes for possible evacuation... which would have been near impossible under the conditions being experienced. On the hangar deck the fire was forward of the aft elevator on the port side. The aft elevator was being used to mix napalm and wasn't operational. This episode has stayed in my memory indelably but for the life of me, I can't recall on which carrier the event occured. Here is hoping someone can provide me with an answer.

Keywords: USS Badoing Strait CVE 116
USS Bataan CVL 29



Entry: 6379
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
COUNTRY BOY GROWS UP

MAURICE DAVIS wrote on January 22, 2000

Email Update Needed

City and State: DESOTO TX

Unit: VMF-312

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: After joining the Marine Reserve in Dec. '49 and attending six weekend drills and a two week manuever in June '50 I was promoted to PFC. I returned home to find a telegram from the Marine Corps ordering me back to active duty. In El Toro I was assigned to VMF-312 and put aboard ship for Japan and subsequently on to Korea. In El toro all those that were still privates were sent to Camp Pendleton for boot camp. When I got to Korea I had never fired my M-1 rifle and had never been to boot camp, but since I was an aircraft mechanic I guess they thought I would get by. But at Wonsan with a forward echelon of six Corsairs and 35 men we were cut off over a week waiting for the harbor to be cleared of mines so the 1st. div. could come ashore we had to set our own perimeter and I had several occasions to use a rifle. I guess the Lord was with us.
Looking back is a lot better than living it.


Keywords: USS Bataan, K-18, Yonpo, Hungnam, Wonsan, Kimpo, Bob Hope Show, Red Thomasson, Pooka Roberts,


Entry: 4408
VMA 312 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 312
VMF 312 AND VMF 323

AL SCHONEBERGER wrote on November 7, 1999

Email Update Needed

City and State: VISTA CA

Unit: VMF 312 AND VMF 323

Service or Relationship:

Comments: VMF 312 AND VMF 323

Keywords:



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