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Re: Email about Turkish Brigade
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--- Mike Davino <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> This is somewhat off-topic, but when I saw this
> article about the ROK Marines preparing to deploy an
> element to Iraq, it reminded me of another tough
> outfit. I have heard and read numerous stories
> the ROK Marines from Vietnam vets. Did anyone work
> with the ROK Marine Corps during the Korean War?
> In any event, I have no doubt that the area that
> ROK Marines will be assigned to guard, will soon
> become the safest place to be in Iraq. I have
> with them before on exercises and they are very
> Mike Davino
> Korea Times
> January 6, 2004
> ROK Marines Look Forward To Iraq Dispatch
> By Ryu Jin, Staff Reporter
> As the nation prepares to send an extra contingent
> 3,000 troops for Iraqi reconstruction projects in
> April, ROK Marine Corps is looking at the dispatch
> with a degree of impatience.
> Officials could hardly contain their joy at media
> reports that about 100 marines will likely be
> in South Korea?s additional contingent to be
> in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.
> ``This is the first deployment in about 40 years!??
> official said requesting anonymity. ``It would be a
> great opportunity for the Marine Corps to gain war
> In fact, if realized, it would be the largest
> marine deployment since Vietnam in 1965, when it
> a six-year combat mission. It has also dispatched 26
> marines to Afghanistan in 2002.
> Other highly trained forces, like the Special Forces
> Command (SFC), were often sent abroad for
> operations in recent years. But the Marine Corps,
> which never goes without the epithet ``even catching
> ghosts?? for the locals, didn?t have an opportunity
> overseas missions.
> When the nation officially finalized its plan to
> 3,000 more soldiers to Iraq on top of the 700 medics
> and engineers already there, high-ranking Corps
> officials expressed strong willingness to be part of
> the 1,500 combatants.
> But, there seems to be some dissatisfaction as well
> about the ``limited?? size of the dispatch.
> to the temporary plan, the 3,000-strong troops will
> comprise 1,000 SFC personnel, 500 Special Assault
> Commando soldiers, with the remaining filled with
> medics and engineers. The 100 marines will guard
> fellow ground soldiers at the headquarters against
> possible insurgent attacks.
> Captain Oh Chol-shik, Marine Corps public
> communications officer, took a cautious attitude
> the plan, but did not hesitate to express his pride
> the nation?s marines.
> ``Our marines are always ready to obey orders,?? he
> said in a telephone interview with The Korea Times.
> Our prepared forces would ensure a successful
> in the low-intense hostilities.??
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