Preserving The Oral HistorIES of Combat Veterans


Jack King | 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division - Marines

5:52   |   Jack King was on the rotation list, but he had to saddle up anyway and get up to Horseshoe Ridge. There, the Chinese unleashed a human wave attack and the rear echelon Marine mortarman found himself under direct fire for the first time. It was during a lull in this battle when one of the sergeants opened a Dear John letter. It did not go well. (This interview made possible with the support of RALPH J. TINGLE.)

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