Star Tribune columnist Katherine Kersten remembers the fifty-fifth anniversary of the landing at Inchon with the help of a couple of local heroes: “America’s forgotten war shouldn’t be.”
Let us also note the Medal of Honor bestowed on Tibor Rubin last week for “extraordinary heroism during the period from July 23, 1950, to April 20, 1953, while serving as a rifleman with Company I, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division in the Republic of Korea.” The Army’s Medal of Honor page for Rubin is superb, as is Greyhawk’s coverage of the award at Mudville Gazette. U.S. News carries a good, brief account: “Brave heart.”
UPDATE: Marv Benson of Prairie Pundit writes:
There is a terrific book on the prelude to the Inchon invasion by Commander Eugene Franklin Clark called The Secrets of Inchon, The Untold Story of the Most Daring Covert Mission of the Korean War. If anything the title is an understatement. Clark along with two South Korean intelligence agents, one of whom was the disgraced former head of intelligence who was sacked for not knowing about the Nork invasion, land on an island off the coast of Inchon, organize resistance and gather intelligence that made the invasion possible.
As someone who has read military history extensively, I find it to be one of the most fasinating books I have ever read. While I had always thought the Inchon invasion was a bold stroke, this covert mission that made it possible has to be one of the most extraordinary operations ever successfully accomplished by the US. It is hard to think of any since that would approach it. The book does not cover the subject of other covert operations against the communist after World War II, but 99 percent of them were failures, including virtually all in Vietnam. This story would also make a terrific movie.