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Richard Hawes | Marine Attack Squadron 224, 1st Marine Air Wing, Marine Aircraft Group 12 - Marines

3:11   |   It was a startling discovery only two miles from the air field at Chu Lai, where Marine pilot Richard Hawes was based. A vast underground bunker facility dug by the Viet Cong, which required large bombs with delayed fuses to destroy. In the air, most of his missions were short, sometimes within sight of the air field.

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  • Richard Hawes  |  Korea  |  3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division  |  4:33

    His father was career Navy, but Richard Hawes, after a two year stint in the Navy himself, went for the Marine Corps after being prodded by a colleague of his father's. The Korean War caught the Corps with a lack of junior officers, so an Officer Candidate Course was begun and he was in the first class. The Drill Instructors were specially chosen to deal with college graduates instead of the usual mix.

  • Richard Hawes  |  Korea  |  3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division  |  4:49

    They were freezing immediately, and filthy in a matter of days, after arriving in Korea. The Marines were entering a stalemate situation in deep winter conditions. Richard Hawes enjoyed serving with the Turks and the South Korean Marines, although he was unsure of the South Koreans' interrogation tactics.

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