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First blood during Korean War

In Korean War, U. S. Army on July 7, 2010 at 4:38 am

Cpl. Lou Repko is at the wheel of the Jeep during the first day of the Korean War. Repko winters in Craig’s RV Park near Arcadia, Fla. Click on any image to enlarge.

About Life’s cover shot
“The first U.S. infantry outfit to shed blood in the Korean War was the 24th ‘Victory’ Division. Three of these men are shown aboard a jeep in Korea. Last week the men of the 24th fought heroically to hold the key city of Taejon against superior Communist forces. They were forced to retreat under murderous fire after their communications broke down. Their commander was reported missing and the enemy had surrounded and infiltrated the town. Organized in 1929 as the ‘Hawaiian Division’ it was renamed the 24th in 1941 and some of its elements were bombed at Pearl Harbor. It won its nickname for helping to liberate the Philippines in 1944.”

It’s not often a G.I. make the front cover of Life magazine. Read the rest of this entry »


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