By Eugene Franklin Clark
This first-hand account of an important, yet little-known, covert undertaking of the Korean struggle deals a revealing and memorable tale of wartime courage-from the very guy who led the project. in line with his colleagues, Commander Eugene Franklin Clark had "the nerves of a burglar and the aptitude of a Barbary Coast Pirate." And in August 1950, whilst normal MacArthur made the unpopular determination to invade Inchon-a movement thought of by means of many to be tactical suicide-he despatched in Clark to determine what they had to comprehend.
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Sitting down with Yong and Kim, I pointed out on the map the spots where lookouts would be required around the island. The lookouts we could not arm, so they received instructions to leave their post and report back to the CP as fast as possible if they observed anything that seemed like a threat. They were to be given heavy clubs and one hand grenade to take care of any single enemy arrivals. This unarmed group was a pretty dejected lot until Yong suggested rotating them with the group that would be guarding the immediate approaches from Taebu-do.
Our one-lung radio is only set up to talk to Tokyo. ” “Well, best of luck, then, Clark. ” After we shook hands, he stepped back into his gig, waved us a “Cheerio,” and headed back to the Kenya. Within a week, I was to recall Captain Brock’s offer. Neither of us made any comment on this courtesy visit. I was familiar enough with British naval tradition and protocol to know that I had been honored far above my rank, and was afraid that if I attempted to express my appreciation, I would botch it. Yong and Kim were busily supervising the stowing of our equipment in an empty gun-tub on PC-703 as we returned to the destroyer.
He queried, anticipating our introduction. ” “We received a signal from Admiral Andrewes to look after you on whatever you’re up to here. ” My apprehension was relieved at once. “He certainly is, Captain. ” “How about communications in case you need some help? Do you have our call signs and frequencies? We can put a few planes over, you know—or, in an emergency, run in a destroyer. ” “Thank you, Captain,” I replied, “but we’re traveling light this trip. Our one-lung radio is only set up to talk to Tokyo.
The Secrets of Inchon by Eugene Franklin Clark