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"Thanks to Richard Rutherford,
We have a First Hand account of the Munsan-ni Jump
Dick, joined the 11th Airborne in 1948, went to Japan, and then to
Ft Campbell. When the 187tn RCT was formed in 1950, he went to Korea, and
I made both combat jumps.
Paratroopers of the 50's and Richard
, would like to give a special thanks to
Jack Cicolello for furnishing some old Life Magazine pictures of the Jump.
Save for him by his sister "Elizabeth
Dick, wishes to dedicate this Page to all Korean
THE NAMES ARE HIGHLIGHTED BECAUSE THEY DESERVE
Sorry I can't recall that much of either jump, the Sukchon or the Munsan-ni jump but will try and tell you about them to the best of my memory.
The Sukchon jump was about 20 miles north west of Seoul, We were told that we were to try to cut off the retreating North Koreans, and try to get back some of our POWs.
As I recall we didn't , but found some of them in a Railroad tunnel, shot to Death.
We jumped with two companies of Rangers supporting us.
Within 9 hrs. of landing we suffered 782 casualties (I got that out of a book).
I recall the jump was on Good Friday , and on Easter Sunday we were up to our necks in mud. We had a good laugh on landing our first Sgt got hung up in some telephone lines.
ON the Sukchon jump the 1st Bn., Regt. Hqs, and the 3rd Bn all jumped on the same DZ. The 2nd Bn dropped near Sukchon. As I recall after the operation was over, "K" Company spent about 40 days in the Russian Embassy, and when the Chinese came in we had to head South, Burning everything we couldn't carry.
When I joined the Airborne I figured that we would jump in some place and then have transport to get us out, but we were worse off than the regular Infantry, We walked even more than they did !!
When we were waiting for the Sukchon jump at Kimpo, I visited a cousin, who was a P51 pilot, and told myself if I ever got out of this mess I would go in the Airforce, where we would have hot chow, clean sheets, and never have to dig a fox hole again.
|On the Sukchon jump we were to go in about 9AM, but didn't jump until about 2 PM. as the Airforce strafed and bombed the DZ. I jumped from a C46 on one jump and a C47 on another, I didn't jump from a C119 or C82 until I got back to Ft. Campbell.
(Editor's Note: on your right is what a Paratrooper Jumping a T-7 parachute out of a C46 or C47 sees.
Of course, that if he has his eyes open !! )
I came back to the States in July, 1951. I
got out of the 11th in 1952.
Best Wishes to all: Dick.
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