Visited the museum on my drive home yesterday after we buried Dad in Arlington Friday.
This is his quote on the wall of the Marine Corps Museum. You can read more about it on my old blog.
Dad was 96 and ready to fold up his tent and go home so the funeral was more of a wake than a sad time.
He was the first lieutenant in an amazing, terrible battle called the Battle of Fox Hill during the Choisin Reservoir campaign during November 1950.
Mom listened to the news back home saying he and all of the two regiments of the first Marine division -10000 men- were lost in frozen North Korea surrounded by 100000 Chinese.
His Marine rifle company Fox Company – about 220 men – was holding the retreat at Toktong Pass all alone, surrounded by 10000 more Chinese. Everyman was wounded but half of them survived the vicious five day battle to fight their way out on the coldest longest retreat in US Military history and enter the legends of which Marines are made.
To this day Marines and West Pointers study Dads battle plan on how to set up a defense using a small rifle company against overwhelming enemy numbers.
According to Dad one of his gunners Hector Cafferati killed 3000 Chinese but dad only wrote him up for 500 when Cafferati got his Medal of Honor because Dad thought no one would believe the real number.
You can read more about Choisin here or buy the book The Last Stand of Fox Hill on Amazon.
Rest In Peace Major Dad. Margaret xoxoxo