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Not sure if the dates incorrect but the Battle of Sukchon was the following. On October 20, 1950 the 187 Regimental Combat Team made combat jumps near the towns of Sukchon and Sunchon in North Korea in the attempt to cut off fleeing communist forces. The Rakkasans fought named engagements at Suan, Wonju, Kaesong, and Inje. In Operation Tomahawk the 187th Airborne made the second combat parachute jump of the Korean War at Munsan-ni on March 23, 1951. The regiment returned to Japan to serve as the strategic reserve in June 1951. In May 1952, the Rakkasans were ordered to quell a North Korean and Chinese Communist prisoner of war (POW) uprising on the Japanese island of Koje-do. The 187 was inserted to the line on two other occasions, in October 1952 and June 1953, as a stop gap against Chinese offensives at Wonton-ni and Kumwha.
According to my genealogy site his service dates were from May 4th 1951- May 4th 1953. So if these are correct he would not have been on that Mission, he may have been on other drops but not Sukchon Parachute Drop.
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OK -- thanks! I had my dates wrong, I was thinking that the Battle of Sukchon was October '51 -- that explains why he never mentioned it (although, in general, he rarely spoke about his service).
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) that includes 27 file units of the 187th Regimental Combat Team for the 1950-1959 time period. We also located a series titled Command Reports, 1949 - 1954 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that includes command reports for the 1950-1959 time period of the 187th Regimental Combat Team. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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