Negotiations yet to begin on return of US Korean War remains, Pentagon agency says: WASHINGTON — Months after the White House raised hopes for bringing home thousands of U.S. battlefield remains from North Korea, the returns have stalled. Detailed negotiations on future recovery arrangements have not even begun.
The slower pace appears linked to the more talked-about stalemate over North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
At a June meeting with President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un committed to “work toward” the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to cooperate in recovering U.S. war remains. Neither issue is said to be explicitly dependent on the other, and in August, the North turned over 55 boxes of remains, with expectations of more to come soon. But progress then slowed, as has the nuclear diplomacy.
Trump has said he likely will have a second summit with Kim in January or February, and while the nuclear issue would be the central focus, some believe a second meeting is the best chance to restore momentum to the remains recovery effort. "It is easy to wonder if that isn't what everyone is waiting on to happen," said Richard Downes, executive director of the Coalition of Families of Korean War and Cold War POW/MIAs, which advocates for a full accounting of the missing. Cont in comments...
On November 12, 1943, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt embarks on the USS Iowa (BB 61) and crosses the Atlantic to attend an Allied conference in Tehran, Iran and Cairo. After the conference, the Iowa transports the President back home. Modifications were made to accommodate the President, including the installation of elevators and a bathtub; which would hold the title of the only bathtub on a US Navy warship. The bathtub remains in place, and sailors use it as a raffle to raise funds for the ships MWR fund; winning raffle ticket earns a hot bath in the bathtub. At the time of the Presidents trip, Iowa was relatively new to the fleet, having been commissioned in February 1943. She would remain in service throughout WW2, and would serve in the Korean War. She was brought back into service in the 1980s, and was decommissioned in 1990. 🇺🇸⚓️🇺🇸
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Continuing with the string of novels by Asian writers, my latest escape was If You Leave Me by @crystalhanak. This was my first glimpse into 1950's, 1960's Korea. I was fascinated by the multi-viewpoint storytelling, frustrated by the characters' choices and heartbroken throughout.
An advantage of living in Markham - access to so many library systems and OverDrive eBook accounts in the different York Region towns and cities. I'm such a distracted reader that it usually takes me longer than one 21-day eBook loan period to finish a novel but there's usually a queue for the title I've borrowed so I can't immediately renew the loan from the same library system...
Robert Frederick Sink was born April 3, 1905, in Lexington, North Carolina. He joined the Army in 1924, graduating from West Point in 1927, and was commissioned as an infantry officer with the rank of 2nd Lt.
In 1940 he was assigned to the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning. He was one of the 4% of the Army's paratroopers to qulaify as a master parachutist, and liked to celebrate his birthday each year by making a jump.
In Jan, 1941, he was promoted to Major and given command of the 503rd PI Battalion. He was promoted to Lt Colonel on Feb, 1942, and made Colonel in Nov, 1942.
In July 1942, he was made commander of the 506th PIR. He was 37 years old. He remained with the regiment throughout the war, even turning down at least 2 promotions to remain with the unit. He led the regiment in combat from Normandy to the end of the war when they returned to France.
On August 12th, 1945, he was named assistant division commander of the 101st Airborne. He returned to the U.S in Dec, 1945.
After WW2, Sink remained in the Army, participated in the Korean War, where he was awarded 3 silver star, 2 legion of merit, and 2 bronze star medals. He commanded several divisions in the US Army until he retired in 1961 as a Lt General.
The man his troops affectionately called "Bourbon Bob" made his last big jump on Dec 13, 1965.
Sink was portrayed by Captain Dale Dye in the Band of Brothers miniseries.
Currahee and rest easy to the man who gave his utmost loyalty to the men of the 506th ♠♠
Pvt. 1st Class Leo Duquette was killed in action in Korea. After nearly 70 years of being missing, he is returning home for a proper military burial. We’ll be following him and his family as he returns home to he laid to rest. #koreanwar#veterans#thankyou
Man my grandfather was cool. But dang it’s been 7 years without him now and it’s still hard, I wish he would be here to see me and my nephews grow up, I wish he could be here so the whole family would still get together and have cook outs, I wish he could be here to go looking for big foot or take me fishing, I wish he could be here to meet victor because I know they’d get along so well but I know he’s watching all of this happen and he’s happy, god I know he’s happy. Thank you for everything papa, I miss you, we all do all the time but today it’s just more. I love you. -your honeypot🍯♥️
One hour into the 24th of April, Jim Ramsay was in position with the 2d PPCLI which was at a fifty percent stand to after news of the 6th ROK Division folding and the 3d Royal Australian Regiment meeting stiff resistance to their right front. That night, the lines began to disintegrate as the Chinese infiltrated Commonwealth and American positions and by morning the 2d PPCLI was nearly face to face with the Chinese 118th Division, rapidly approaching the battalion headquarters. Anticipation lasted throughout the day with no rest for the weary Canadians. They struggled to stay safe in positions that were less than ideal as they watched Chinese swarm along the hills and into assembly areas below. Slit trenches dug as deep as possible into the shale ground barely covered the knees and waist; no barbed wire or mine fields to protect the front; but morale was exceedingly high. After nightfall, the Chinese forces attacked B and D Company lines first beginning with a twenty-minute barrage of mortars. After four assaults, they turned towards the battalion headquarters where Support Company stopped them cold. Jim was prepared to fire or run in any direction, and when the attack came the platoon's guns were relentless. The mortar platoon, equipped with over 2000 bombs, had depleted their supply to only ten by dawn on April 25. They had held the night. The next day saw continued attacks, but let up enough for a desperately needed resupply mid-morning and helicopter evacuations of wounded by noon. The rest of the day and into April 26, the American 1st Cavalry worked their way up to the Pats to relieve the battered unit, an exchange they welcomed warmly. Jim looked forward to a good sleep.
Some of the 335th Fighter Squadron’s F-86F-2s pictured at Kimpo Airbase in 1953.
The F-2 Sabres encountered two major problems during their combat tests in Korea. The first problem was the reliability of the M39 cannons. The pilots who flew the F-2s fired a total of ~98,000 rounds of ammunition between January and April 1953. During this period they reported as many as 210 weapon jams. This malfunction rate was about twelve times greater than the rate reported with the M3 .50 “six pack.” The initial rate for the first 32,000 rounds fired was 3.4 jams per ever 1,000 rounds fired. Over time this decreased to 1.2 jams per ever 1,000 rounds fired for the last 14,000 fired.
The second issue - something much more serious - was engine stalls. The M39s were prone to give off an excessive amount of propellant gases and this did not sit well with the Sabre’s engine compressor. Air Force engineers estimated that the cannons expelled four times the amount of gas that the six .50s did. In 363 sorties, pilots reported up to twenty compressor stalls; six of these occurred in combat. The problem was so bad that two of the eight F-2s fielded were lost as a result of compressor stalls. The problem had not occurred while the aircraft were tested in the U.S., at altitudes of 25,000 feet or less, but at heights ten thousand or more feet greater than those altitudes, it quickly became a serious issue.
Pilots did what they could to curb the problem. Some welded shut doors that allowed the flow of air from the guns into the engine intake duct and drilled holes in the gun bay doors to help vent the gasses. A selector switch was also installed which allowed the pilot to fire just two of the guns at once rather than all four. This reduced the amount of gasses expelled. The solution came from North American Aviation, which designed a clip fitted in the gun panel port that broke up the gasses.
All things considered the M39 cannons showed satisfactory results. The Air Force concluded that they didn’t provide the “desired degree of improvement over the M3.” But the USAF had committed itself, and though not perfect, the M39 would be the main armament on the next Sabre variant: the F-86H.
It’s a pivotal event of the 20th century. The battle of Chosin, or “Changjin” as it’s called in Korea, a two-week long blood bath pitting 30,000 US, ROK, and British troops against 120,000 Chinese soldiers, was a defining moment of the Korean War. Fighting in the winter of 1950 in bitter cold and brutal terrain, men endured severe frostbite, sleepless nights, and total mental and physical exhaustion. Below-zero temperatures, snow-covered mountains, icy roads, and windswept cliffs made every skirmish, firefight, and attack a nightmare beyond the men’s wildest dreams. The excellent documentary, “The Battle of Chosin,” produced by The American Experience/PBS, “recounts the conflict in intimate detail through the eyewitness accounts of participants, presenting a harrowing narrative of combat and survival in the first major military clash of the Cold War.” The film really gives viewers a feeling of what it was like for those who fought at Chosin. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn more about the battle, the Korean War, and the #usmc . You can find it at pbs.org. #koreanwar#forgottenwar#battleofchosinreservoir#koreanwarvet#koreanwarveteran#chosinfew
Footage of an F-86F-2 undergoing cannon testing likely at Eglin Air Force base in Florida, c. 1952. This was part of GunVal, a late-war program designed to improve the firepower of the Sabre.
During World War II the M3 .50 caliber machine gun used in American aircraft proved very successful, but in Korea, despite its reliability, good rate of fire, and quantity, many pilots often complained that the weapon struggled to keep up with the quick pace of evolving aerial combat. The advent of jet aircraft saw dogfights unfold at higher altitudes; in Korea the norm was generally at 35,000 feet. At that altitude, the ammunition of the M3 .50 caliber, in particular the API (armor-piercing incendiary), lacked sufficient oxygen to burn properly, and thus caused less damage on contact. Jet airframes were also built more sturdy and rugged in order to endure higher speeds, making it harder for bullets to do damage. Many Sabre pilots complained about the amount of hits one needed to score in order to bring down a MiG. During World War II there were twice as many multiple-kills sorties as there were in Korea. 44% of claims were assessed as “destroyed” compared to 71% in Europe during the previous war.
By mid-1951 USAF pilots and brass alike were pushing for better firepower. An Air Force report from January stated, “firepower on the F-86 is not sufficiently destructive”, and another from August mentioned, “...pilots universally would like a heavier caliber gun so that when a hit is made, a sure kill results.” Consequently, the Air Force made a request in March 1951 to begin trails with 20mm cannons, and thus project would come to be known as GunVal.
In the post-WWII years the USAF developed the T-160 (later the M39) cannon based on a five-chamber, revolver-type gun designed by the Germans. The 20mm T-160 was obviously a much more powerful weapon than the M3 .50. It’s projectile was 2.5 times larger and it’s muzzle velocity was 15% greater, which meant it could fly farther, faster, and have a greater impact. There were, of course, drawbacks. Because the weapon was heavier and the projectiles larger, the USAF replaced the six .50s with only four 20mm cannons. [Continued ↓]
🇺🇸 McArthur's gamble resulted in a stunning victory 🇺🇸
Americans lost 222 KIA and 800 WIA while the North Koreans lost 1,350 KIA
The battle opened the road to Seoul, which was reoccupied by UN forces a few days later
It caused a massive North Korean retreat from the South to their starting positions in the summer of 1950
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Yes, you are seeing double. No, this is not a faked photo. Yes, those are two P-51 Mustangs linked together. This was the awesome F-82 which was the last truly bad ass propellor driven long range fighter plane the US had. Introduced in 1946 and retired in 1953, its lifespan was short, but it filled a gap. With two Packard built Rolls Royce V-1650 engines this thing had thousands of piston made horsepower. As a long range fighter it was awesome for the day. One flew from Hawaii to New York without stopping, a 5,000 mile trip that it made at 350mph. Still the longest trip ever made by a prop driven fighter. Used as long range escorts the planes actually saw some combat. During the outbreak of the Korean War F-82 pilots commanded the skies, downing several enemy aircraft. Only 182 were ever produced and 5 are known to exist. Truly a transitional hot rod of the skies and perhaps the neatest prop driven fighter ever built. #airplanes#f82#hotrod#badass#history#warplane#merlin#p51#awesome#america#airforce#usairforce#horsepower#koreanwar#airpower
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