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    A colorized version of a somewhat famous photo from Korea I just ran across. I'm sure most of you have seen this before but the caption I read with it blew my mind.

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    His eyes say it all.


    Exhausted and frustrated, Marine Captain Francis “Ike” Fenton stares at the camera during the battle of “No-Name Ridge” in August 1950 . Fenton’s picture, captured by Marine combat photographer David Douglas Duncan, became one of the most iconic images of the Korean War. According to Duncan’s account of Fenton’s actions that day, the 27-year-old World War II veteran had just been notified that his company would have to continue fighting, despite running out of ammunition and having already lost 80 of his 190 Marines. To make matters worse, his company First Sergeant, Leonard Young, had been shot in the chest moments before.Lying on a stretcher and barely able to speak, the 1stSgt gasped to Fenton, “God, I’m sorry Captain! I’m really sorry! But don’t let them fall back! Please don’t let them fall back.” The Marines never did. Captain Fenton and his men, despite the overwhelming odds, held the hill and later went on to fight at Inchon, Seoul, and the Chosin Reservoir.


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    Five years earlier, at the Battle of Okinawa (April-June 1945), Captain Fenton’s younger brother, Michael, a Marine PFC with Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines (Captain Fenton's unit in Korea) was killed near the infamous hill “Sugar Loaf.” In an almost unbelievable twist of World War II history, PFC Fenton’s father, Marine Colonel Francis I. Fenton, Sr, was also serving on Okinawa. Immediately notified of the tragedy, Col. Fenton went to the site of his 19-year-old son's death, knelt by the flag-covered body, and began praying Before leaving, the 52-year-old colonel looked out over the battlefield, and seeing countless bodies of other dead Marines, solemnly said, “Those poor souls. They didn’t have their fathers here.” Today we salute the Fenton brothers, their father, and all the brave men of the Greatest Generation who served, sacrificed, and died in WWII and Korea.

    This is the photo being referred to:

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    Another colorized one...

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    "Rakkasan Hei’ - Japan’s Paratroopers


    Japanese airborne forces completed only 4 parachute assaults during the war. The final Army paratroopers’ combat jump taking place on Leyte, Philippines, on December 6, 1944. In this photo, taken on that day at Clark Field, Luzon, Japanese paratroopers board a Mitsubishi Ki-57 Type 100 transport airplane. They wear Type 4 (1944) parachutes and a few carry their leg bags, for attachment once they are on board. The objective of this particular operation was the occupation of 3 airfields in US hands near Barauen, South Leyte. It would be a coordinated effort with the Japanese attacking both by air and land.The Japanese paratroopers were counting on the shock effect of soldiers dropping from the sky but this was lost on the US troops defending the area since they were themselves paratroopers, from the US 11th Airborne Division. This is the the only known time Japanese and US paratroopers fought against each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YankeeZulu View Post
    FYI- BLK RFL DIV is doing a commemorative t-shirt of this shot to honor the Armenian cause during the Nagorno-Karabakh War. I take it some of you would be interested in something like this. It's not on the website yet but should be dropping w/in a week or so. Keep an eye on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBLUE View Post

    Im guessing VC propaganda?
    "Cause bitches don't like to be slapped on the cheek. Yugos need real men to shoot them who know how to hold them tight"
    -daefash


    "Only a woman's glance strikes harder than an assault rifle."
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    Quote Originally Posted by njkalashnikov View Post
    Im guessing VC propaganda?
    Yes, propaganda leaflets.
    The US and South Vietnam used similar leaflets in the "Chieu Hoi" (Open Arms) program to attract defectors.

    Many became "Kit Carson Scouts" attached to Infantry units.
    A good resource for dealing with the local population and questioning certain individuals in a village or captured etc.

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    Looks like a Rhodesian Selous Scout holding what appears to be a PRC type 63

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    ^ Beret badge is definitely Selous Scouts.



 

 
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