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Re: Searchlight battalion
In a message dated 10/27/00 10:46:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
I wonder if someone knows anything about the activities of the 65th Inf,
Regiment from Puerto Rico ( trained at ,in,Ft. Buchanan,P.R. ) in Oct.
1950. The 65th arrived in Pusan Sept 23 but there ain't nuttin about them
so far. What happened? Lissening to Puerto Rican radio programs here
in Orlando,the Central Florida area,one would be led to think that the
65th were so brave that they even helped rescue the Marines from the
claws of the Chinese in Chosin and/or Koto ri and Hagaru ri campaigns/
battles. Some of them even claim that Gen. Mac Arthur had said "give
me P R soldiers like those of the 65th and I'll invade China."
Of course,I think THAT is pure,unadulterated baloney. But,believe it or
not,there are some people who believe cockamamie stories.
I'd like to know the FACTS ! Can somebody help with some info?
Chico Ramos P O Box 533816,Orlando,Fl 32853
Chico - Soon after June 1950, the 65th as assigned to the 3d Inf Div on paper
in the states but was sent independently to Korea to bolster the defense at
the Naktong River where they saw combat.
When the rest of the 3d Inf Div landed in November 1950, the 65th joined
with the division.
The 3d Inf Div covered the Marines withdrawal from the Chosin Reservoir to
Hungnam and saw combat until the division withdrew on December 24, 1950.
>From there, the division regrouped at Pusan and then was sent west for the
new push into North Korea.
By April 1951, the 65th had the Philippine 10th BCT attached to it and was
one of the units that took the brunt of the Spring Offensive by the CCF on
April 22. north of Uijongbu.
This is a snapshot, I'm sure there's lots more and hopefully someone who was
with the 65th Inf can tell you more. Marty