Remembering the Forgotten War: Korea, 1950-1953
Throughout the Korean War, the United States Navy provided substantial assistance to land operations. Planes from carriers gave air support to combat operations and destroyed factories, power stations, supply trains, and other targets that interrupted supplies to the Communist army. Big guns on ships, such as the 16-inch guns on USS New Jersey, also fired on inland targets. Along the coast, minesweepers worked to keep harbors clear for Allied operations. Most importantly, Navy ships provided platforms for coastal operations, such as the invasion at Inchon and the evacuation of thousands of encircled troops from the city of Hungnam.
In April 1951, a British operation was supported by ships and planes of Task Force 77.
Task Force 77 systematically destroyed hundreds of bridges in North Korea.
Hunting for a second target, the sleek Banshee aircraft from Task Force 77 follow rail lines in an effort to cut off supplies to the front. The ruin of a North Korean railway station shows clearly the force of Naval interdiction.
As Commander Naval Forces Far East, VADM Joy directed all naval operations in Korean waters until General Ridgway appointed him Senior United Nations Delegate to the truce negotiations at Kaesong. He served as chief negotiator until April 28, 1952, when the talks broke down.
Seamen use this good natured jibe at the importance of petty officers.
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