Korean War Series:
Paratroopers of the 50's is fortunate
and proud to be able to provide its "Viewers" another great article on
the Korean Combat Jumps .
This one is by Sirreno (Jimmy) Clapp who made both jumps. Jimmy, would like to dedicate his account to the good men lost in those jumps and the days following.
1st picture taken 1951 last 2000 - 49 years later.
You can E-mail Jimmy by clicking here JCLAPP5@triad.rr.com
Jimmy , served with the 11th Airborne and the 187th from 1948 to 1952. He made both Combat jumps and was wounded twice 03/26/51 and on 5/28/51 you can get the names of all 187th Troopers who were wounded and/or KIA by going to: http://www.2id.org/187-casn.htm
1st Jump - Oct. 20, 1950 at Suckchon.
Jimmy sent this picture of Troopers boarding C-47 in Korea
187th ARCT, 1st & 3nd battalions objectives were:
To go in and keep the No Koreans from taking prisoners into China. We were told that a General Dean was one of the prisoners. On the first day we only had assault equiptment, then on Oct 21, the other battalions arrived with heavy equiptment. The enemy never came through with the prisoners so we fought our way back to the North Korean Capital.
Editor's note:The First and Third Battalions jumped at Sukchon, the 2nd Bn jumped at Sunchon.
THE 2ND JUMP WAS MARCH 23, 1951 GOOD FRIDAY
This operation was called "TOMAHAWK":
I was sent back to Japan to the hospital to recover. After that I wasn't sent back to Korea but to the 187th stationed in Japan.
On Easter Sunday, we got into a fire fight with the Chinese. As I was going on F/O (FORWARD OBSERVER) a mortar round came in an exploded under my feet. I was wounded with injuries to my left foot left leg and left side of my head.
I spent about 30 days recovering in the hospital in Japan.
After my recovery I was sent back to Korea, to my unit- L CO.
In our next operation the 187TH Was to spearhead a drive 70 miles to the East Coast to cut off the retreating Chinese.
My squad SQUAD L CO. was in front on the first three tanks. We had only advanced a few miles when all "HELL BROKE LOOSE".
I was on the first tank an a bullet pierced my left foot and knee. One also hit my helmet knocking me to the ground off the tank.
Not sure where this picture was taken but one of
the best shots of exiting a C-47 I have ever seen.
We were told the 187th had been pulled out of Korea after it had suffered 80% casulties.
I was sent back to the States in 1952 and was discharged.
I was told that from then on the 187th was assigned to guarding prisoners of war.
Here's another old picture Jimmy sent. Must be early 40's