VA -- Quantico -- Natl Museum of the Marine Corps -- Gallery: Korean War (1950-1953):
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MCMKW_100612_036.JPG: Sikorsky HO3S-1 Dragonfly:
Rotary-wing aircraft came too late to have a significant impact on World War II, although a few were used.
In February 1948, the first Sikorsky HO3S-1 helicopter was delivered to Marine Helicopter Squadron I HMX-1) at Quantico, Virginia. Shortly after the Korean War broke out on 25 June 1950, 7 pilots, 30 enlisted men, and 4 HO3S-1 helicopters were detached from HMX-1 for service in Marine Observation Squadron 6 with the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade.
MCMKW_100612_047.JPG: M26 Pershing tank:
Marines used the M26 Pershing tank with great success throughout the Korean War.
Development of the M26 Pershing began in 1942 when Army Ordnance received orders to develop a new medium tank. Experiments with a combination of armaments, transmissions, and suspensions led to two heavy tank designs. The T36E3, adopted as standard under the designation M26 Heavy Tank, was designed to confront German Panzers and Tigers in the European theater. It carried five men, a 90mm gun, and .50 caliber and two .30 caliber machine guns.
The M26 Pershing was introduced into the Marine Corps arsenal shortly before the start of the Korean War and was used extensively in the Pusan Perimeter, Seoul, and Chosin Reservoir campaigns.
MCMKW_100612_134.JPG: Grumman F9F-2 Panther
Delivery of the F9F-2 Panther ushered the Marine Corps into the jet age during combat in Korea.
Providing a stable platform for accurate delivery of firepower, the Panther proved to be an excellent close-air support aircraft. The jets' speed enabled them to arrive over the target area faster and made them less vulnerable to anti-aircraft fire.
This aircraft is one of two aircraft flown by VMF-311 during the first Marine Corps jet combat air strike during the Korean War.
LVT-3Cs of the 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion brought Marines ashore during the invasion of Inchon.
The LVT-3 was a completely new design of amphibious tractor. Production began in 1943, but the first use of the LVT-3 was not until the April 1945 invasion of Okinawa. Powered by two Cadillac engines mounted on each side of the vehicle, it featured a hinged rear ramp, which was raised or lowered by a hand-operated winch. The LVT-3 had enough cargo space to accommodate a jeep or a 105mm howitzer, exceeding the cargo capacity of the Ford Motor Company LVT-4 by some 3,000 pounds.
In 1949, LVT-3 was upgraded and designated LCT-3C. An armored cover was installed over the cargo compartment, and a small machine gun turret was added.
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Description of Subject Matter: Korean War: 1950–1953
More than 70 years ago, thousands of Americans fought a bitter war on the Korean peninsula against a very determined enemy. Known as “the forgotten war,” the battle for Korea was the first US combat action of the Cold War. The gallery describes the see-saw nature of the war’s opening battles and its gradual transformation into a static war of attrition, reminiscent of World War I trench warfare.
The Marine Corps’ involvement in the Korean War required an increase in its size, which had been dramatically reduced in the years following World War II. It also marked the Marine Corps’ first combat use of both helicopters and jet aircraft. On exhibit is a Grumman Panther jet fighter, which flew as part of the first Marine jet combat mission in December 1950, and an early Sikorsky helicopter. Other exhibits highlight the introduction of combined arms teams and flak jackets (body armor) and the expanded roles for women and minorities.
Visitors ride with Marines to the sea wall at Inchon as part of General MacArthur’s strategic end run to attack the enemy’s rear. A Pershing tank rumbles through the war-torn streets of Seoul. On Toktong Pass, near the Chosin Reservoir, visitors encounter Marines who are cold, tired, and dangerously short of ammunition. Visitors feel the cold, they hear the Chinese soldiers advancing up the snowy mountain, and they watch the Marines prepare for the next attack. It is a battle that must be won against overwhelming odds. Lastly, a sobering look at a prisoner of war (POW) cage serves as a reminder of the high price of war.
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