Saturday, October 21, 2017

Blast from the past. The Inchon amphibious assault...

First Lieutenant Baldomero Lopez, USMC, leads the 3rd Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines over the seawall on the northern side of Red Beach, as the second assault wave lands, 15 September 1950, during the Inchon invasion. Wooden scaling ladders are in use to facilitate disembarkation from the LCVP that brought these men to the shore. Lt. Lopez was killed in action within a few minutes, while assaulting a North Korean bunker. Note M-1 Carbine carried by Lt. Lopez, M-1 Rifles of other Marines and details of the Marines’ field gear.  via War History Online

I've always had a rather morbid thought that I've tried to shake but just can't. When 1stLT Lopez woke up that morning...when he led his Marines over the seawall...when he stood outside that North Korean bunker prepping his mind, body and soul to go thru that door...did he feel it coming...did he know on that day he would meet his maker?

Was something different for him and others that day?  Did something feel off and they just couldn't put their finger on it?

I guess you have to experience some things to get your answer.

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