1:22 | Once the road between Yudam-ni and Hagaru-ri was opened, Roland Marbaugh helps with the evacuations of Marine casualties and sees a terrible sight.
Roland Marbaugh, a Marine fighting in the Chosin Reservoir, recalls a few of the important ways tootsie rolls were key to the survival of the Marines in Yudam-ni, including the hero of the Chosin Reservoir, Ray Davis.
During the battle to break out of the Chosin Reservoir at Yudam-ni, Roland Marbaugh witnesses the effect of Air Force dropped Napalm on the human body.
During the battle to break out of the Chosin Reservoir at Yudam-ni, Roland Marbaugh is nearly killed when an Army pilot mistakes him for the enemy.
During the battle at Yudam-ni, two fellow Marines show Roland Marbaugh a clever trap they'd set for the Chinese troops.
During the battle at Yudam-ni, Roland Marbaugh has a confrontation with 2 Lieutenants who weren't helping bring casualties down from Fox Hill.
Roland Marbaugh recounts encounters with the one and only Chesty Puller.
Not a fan of praise, Roland Marbaugh explains why he never accepted The Purple Heart, despite one doctor's insistence.
After a short stint stateside, Roland Marbaugh is ordered to the Third Marines, but when he shows up, they’re nowhere to be found.
With his training complete, Marbaugh heads down to Panama with the J. Fred and Banana Fleet.
Roland Marbaugh’s experience as a marine begins at Parris Island for training.
After training, Marbaugh heads to Sea School and then to the J. Fred Talbott for duty.
For his second overseas assignment, Marbaugh is sent to Samoa, close, but not in the action in the Pacific.
Marbaugh is assigned to a new company, but the new company is filled with all of his old friends.
Instead of heading into combat, the Third Marines are detoured again, this time to New Zealand.
The Third Marines are finally headed into combat, this time to Bougainville in the Pacific.
After a few years as a civilian, Marbaugh is called back into action for the Korean War and has to leave his young family.
Marbaugh’s time in Korea continues on, during which they face freezing cold and intense fighting.
After deadly skirmishes with the Chinese, Maurbaugh’s unit is forced to retreat from Yudam-Ni.
After fighting so hard in Korea, Marbaugh’s previous physical injuries start to take a toll and he leaves his men and makes his way to Japan.
Marbaugh finally is able to return home after his time overseas. He remained in the Marines for a while before finally retiring.
The stuttering truce talks in Korea were incredibly demoralizing for the troops, says Jim Walsh. Repeatedly, it seemed as if they would be going home and then, invariably, their hopes would be dashed. When he finally did return to America, everyone expected to see a festive hero's welcome. It was not quite that.
Ben Malcom recalls a mission to infiltrate and destroy a 76mm gun hidden inside a North Korean mountain. During the cover of night on July 14, 1952, Malcom managed to sneak 120 guerilla fighters onto the mountain and into the bunker, and describes the combat that ensued.
When it was time to act, Bill Minnich came through. On a night watch, as he caught sight of a Chinese patrol, the only question was, rifle or grenade? When the unit was pinned down and no one responded to the order to move out, he cussed them all out and charged forward. And when he fell wounded, it was a sure thing that he would get up and scramble through the bullets landing at his feet.
It was called Hill 205. The small Ranger company was told to take and hold the hill. They did that as long as they could but Ralph Puckett and his men had to go through hell to do it. Waves of Chinese attackers had him calling in very close artillery strikes. He lay there, unable to move after three wounds, watching the Chinese bayonet wounded Rangers. Then two figures charged up the hill.
Ron Clark remembers when the Chinese would attack and how the strategies between American and Chinese differed. He also explains one detailed account of an American casualty during battle and his own major injury that permanently disabled his eyesight.
A ferocious firefight in the Iron Triangle, as the 3rd Infantry holds the line in a broad front-line offensive. The battle becomes a textbook example of the effectiveness of intense firepower against overwhelming forces.
While fighting in the Chosin Reservoir, Martin Overholt and his regiment faced steady fire from the Chinese. Facing combat brings out the toughest instincts in a soldier, which Overholt experienced firsthand.
Gene Owen wakes up alone in his foxhole to discover the Chinese Army marching into a hot zone where they faced an awesome display of US firepower. The scene is reminiscent of a Basic Training exercise known as The Mad Minute.
Growing up splitting time between China and the United States, Martin Overholt decided to join the Marine Corps in the hoped of being able to travel more. While fighting in Korea, he sometimes had to fight against the Chinese, which felt strange since he had grown up with them.
After liberating Seoul, Martin Overholt and his regiment departed for Koto-ri in North Korea to try and push back enemy troops. Moving through that region, they faced heavy casualties from the Chinese troops. (Part 1)
After arriving in Koto-ri, Martin Overholt and his regiment were forced to bury a large group of their fellow soldiers after they become too difficult transport. After a long stint out in combat, they left there to their evacuation point of Hungnam. After getting new replacements, the 1st Marine Division was sent back out into the fighting. (Part 2)
After contracting a deadly illness, Gene Owen is saved by an observant medic and sent to a military hospital in Yeongdeungpo, where he is diagnosed with hemorrhagic fever. Soon after, he is rotated back home, reunites with his family, and returns to school. For Gene's actions in Korea, he was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star, and two Purple Hearts.
Martin Overholt shares some humorous memories from his time in the Marine Corps after returning home from Korea. His service in the Marine Corps gave him many opportunities and memories he can look back on.
Evarist LeMay recalls the capturing of a group of Chinese soldiers by his regiment and the actions they took for retribution. While scouting, LeMay and his fellow scouts come across a group of American soldiers that had been brutally executed. He credits these types of situations for the PTSD that happens to guys like him when they come home.
The Armistice was scheduled to take effect that evening, but George Bruzgis received orders for a fire mission at dawn. The high explosive rounds were fired from the tank and, years later, he found out the significance of those rounds. He was able to revisit Korea twice due to the generosity and gratitude of the Korean people.
It was on Hill 440 that Jim Walsh nearly got hit by an incoming round. It killed the two men next to him and completely deafened him for a while. Sent back to the MASH unit, he felt guilty for being there as he walked among the bloody wounded.
Fred Webb was enjoying his Marine Corp Reserve meetings, but then the Korean War broke out and it was back into the service. The trombonist played in the band at Camp Lejeune and finally got some overseas duty of sorts. He spent a month in the Caribbean on maneuvers.
Canadian soldier Ralph McKay describes the attempts by the enemy in Korea to overrun his position. He still used his British single shot rifle, but many had traded with the Americans for better weapons. The men were ecstatic over the peace agreement, but they had to stay in country until their 14 month tour was up. At least no one was shooting at them.
The area where Joe Nemastil was sent as a replacement had seen plenty of action. Old Baldy and Pork Chop Hill had been hard fought over and then abandoned. Sent to reinforce an outpost on the next hill over which had been attacked, he saw the aftermath of the worst of war.
President Truman had long ago given the order, but it was in 1951 that integration finally came to 35th Regiment in Korea. Two black GI's were assigned to Jim Walsh's squad and they proved to be tremendous assets. They were both miners and they taught the men how to better perform one of their primary tasks.