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.
His father was a coal miner in Nova Scotia and it shortened his life, so Ralph McKay did not go into the mines, he joined the army as soon as he was eligible at seventeen. He was assigned to the Royal Canadian Regiment, the oldest unit in Canada, and then to jump school. His first jump was memorable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A veteran of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Frank Noonan reenlisted after the war and served on the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge during the Korean War. He details the awesome firepower its dive bombers carried and the technology of launching and landing jets on a floating runway. (This interview made possible with the support of JANIS HAUSER In Memory Of Alfred W. Hauser, Army Air Corps.)
Bill Ozmint reflects on the current problems going on in Korea and where he thinks things will go from here. He sees further action needing to be taken in the near future and wonders if his time in Korea was somewhat of a waste.
Bill Ozmint remembers leaving Korea and returning home, which his company was ready to do after their year in-country. After returning home, he was able to find work through a family friend and was able to secure his future career in the pharmaceutical industry.
Bill Ozmint remembers patrolling on the border and the various precautions they had to take to safely navigate his platoon through enemy territory. Seeing friendly casualties as they were ascending a hill put into perspective how dangerous the war really was.
Growing up during the Depression, Harold Maples decided enlisting in the service would be the best decision for him and his later education. On the way to basic training, he met another trainee named Guy Metcalf, who later went on to be his closest friend.
While stationed in Korea, Callovi experiences combat bureaucracy, bitter cold and a close call with a stealthy enemy. An attachment of Turkish soldiers proves to be a little too comfortable with the butchery of war.
After the treaty had been signed, Harold Maples and his regiment were responsible for setting up a no man's land. In processing enemy soldiers, he found that the brutal Korean winters were equally hard on the North Koreans and Chinese, who were barely equipped to handle them.
Despite his efforts, Brooklyn-born Peter Callovi is inducted into the US Army in 1951. His skills with a rifle land him a position with the Military Police, which he hopes will keep him stateside - but fate has other plans for him.
Ralph McKay was at Hill 355 on the front line in Korea. It was during the stalemate period and each side watched the other across the valley between them, occasionally firing artillery or mortars. One mortar shell killed the Canadian unit's cook, their first fatality. McKay was disturbed after he picked up his dead friend, but in those days, you dared not say anything about your feelings.