December 2012

Hagaru-Ri: The Vital Link

Volume 95, Issue 12

As a frigid Korean dawn broke on 27 Nov. 1950, the commanding general of the First Marine Division did not like the situation one bit. The picture he saw from his command post at Hamhung was of a division scattered over a much wider area than he wished. As required by orders from his higher headquarters, X Corps, his division was strung out over miles of a tortuous, single-lane mountain road that could be blocked by bad weather or enemy action at a dozen points.

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