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The Grahams’ of Cochran County – Chapter 51

The North Korean Army invaded the South Korean Country on June 25, 1950. They rapidly went south capturing all of South in just a few days. Truman got a declaration from the United Nations to send troops to defend the South. Several Divisions from the US Army were sent from Japan and the Divisions set up a perimeter around Pusan.

The North Koreans never captured a 50 mile radius around Pusan because of the fast action of United Nations sending troop in to defend the South Korean Nation.

MacArthur was in Japan devising a plan to attack the North Korean Army. My Division, the 7th Infantry Division was part of that plan along with the lst Marine Division which was being sent from the States. MacArthur’s plan was very bold. He was going to send the Marines and the 7th Infantry Division in at Inchon. The tides at Inchon were very high and most of his planning committee thought he had gone off his rocker. He prevailed and the invasion up near Seoul occurred on September 25,1950.

The Island near Incheon was not heavily fortified and was easily overcome by the Marines. Landing Craft took the troops in at high tide and more landed at the next high tide. I (Charles Graham) came in the third day during high tide.

I was devastated on the 4th day of the fighting going in at Inchon when our G-3 Leader Col Hampton was killed.

My beloved Col. Hampton lost his life in the first days of the invasion at Inchon.

The Korean War then got very personal with me. Truman had extended all enlistments for a year. I was supposed to be headed home but instead I was now in the middle of a war not of my choosing. This is one that could have been prevented in my opinion had the powers that be left the troops in Korea until the South Korean’s were prepared to defend themselves. I grieved as though I had lost my father

The Marines captured Seoul and the 7th Infantry headed south to me up with our troops who were breaking out of the Pusan encirclement. Things were breaking our way and we started hearing that the troops would be going home by Christmas of 1950.

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