April 23, 2013

ROK Marines Truly Rock

The sun was down, the night was dark, and the perimeter lighting was in full sight. Our squad was slowly moving toward our objective – Kunsan Airbase. Skirting through a benjo ditch only a few hundred meters from the airbase, our squad abruptly came to a screeching halt. Were we compromised, if so, by whom?

We had intelligence from one of our probing teams that revealed the base had outside-the-perimeter listening and observation posts (LP/OPs). We knew the base was utilizing exterior patrols as far as 2-3 miles beyond the perimeter. Our route was fully mapped with the latest intelligence. There was no way the base defenders could have detected us.


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  • darkmik

    BOBfrombob sahaldelta  this is late and not sure if you mean their military as a whole or just the ROK Marines but the ROK Marines are the only branch in the Korean military that is 100% voluntary.

  • SEAN SPOONTS

    My Uncle had ROK Marines as a base garrison at Chu Lai in 68-69.  He said they were superb fighters, absolutely fearless and disciplined but all but paralyzed without leadership.  Big difference there between the USMC and the ROK.  The US Marines are not what they are because of the Officers and SNCOs, rather it's because of what Marines do when the Officers and SNCOs are down and out of the fight.  They take the initiative and keep moving towards the objective.

  • SEAN SPOONTS

    My Uncle had ROK Marines as a base garrison at Chu Lai in 68-69.  He said they were superb fighters, absolutely fearless and disciplined but all but paralyzed without leadership.  Big difference there between the USMC and the ROK.  The US Marines are not what they are because of the Officers and SNCOs, rather it's because of what Marines do when the Officers and SNCOs are down and out of the fight.  They take the initiative and keep moving towards the objective.

  • BrendanDoran

    sahaldelta BrendanDoran - Signal.  Not my only branch, but they were around a site of ours on some Hill somewhere.  I think they're tough enough soldiers, very tough.  But they ain't much for manners.  One of them pointed a gun at the back of one of our guys heads.  Screwing around, but you get the picture.  Now this was 1990, perhaps they've been to charm school since.  Uh doubt it.

  • sahaldelta

    BrendanDoran sahaldelta Thanks for your insight. What branch were you in when you worked with these guys?