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Re: Chosin Few
At 12:38 PM 9/2/02 -0400, Ben Frank wrote:
> JK asks :""? If yes, does anybody know whether there was
> any discussion of this topic at their reunion meeting?
> Yes, the Chosin Reservoir veteran group is known as the Chosen Few, and
>I'm sure that the matter of the name of Changjin came up. The result is
>that the group's name remains Chosen Few. BMF -- Benis M. Frank
JSK might not know the Christian Biblical connection, "many are called but
few are chosen". This is what led to the "Chosen Few", as a chance British
acquaintance of mine -- a veteran of the operation -- delightfully reminded
me. He was quite glad to be alive and gave great credit for this to the
sacrifices of the US Marine Corps.
The same Biblical comment was a constant in the US "Deep Freeze" operations
of the era. At least one ship would hoist a banner reading, "Many are
Cold, but Few are Frozen". I understand, from a lot of interviews with the
Chosen Few, that this is really resented by the Marines.
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