Eugene Dixon was sworn into the United States Marine Corps in 1946, and graduated from basic training in San Diego, California, in 1947. He was then assigned to Communications at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and performed duties as Telephone Installer-Repairman until June 1949. Subsequently, he was assigned to the Marine Corps Institute as an instructor of an Air Pilots Course. He reenlisted in December 1949, and was assigned to security at the United States Naval Ammunition Depot in McAlester, Oklahoma. In June 1950, he was deployed to Korea, where he served until June 1951. His engagements in Korea included the capture of both Inchon and Seoul, and combat at Wonsan, Heungnam, and Chosin Reservoir. In July of 1966, he retired as a Gunnery Sargent after twenty years of active duty.
Taking Terrritory in the Busan Perimeter
Eugene Dixon talks about the role of the United States Marines in securing the Busan Perimeter. He describes the sounds and smells he took in upon arrival in South Korea. He recalls the casualties he encountered during his first months in combat.
Surrounded by the Enemy at Thanksgiving
Eugene Dixon gives a detailed explanation of encountering the Chinese soldiers just after Thanksgiving in 1950. He recalls being prohibited from crossing the 38th Parallel, and recounts his experiences during the landing at Wonsan. He describes having a hot Thanksgiving meal just before providing relief for other soldiers at the Chosin Reservoir, where the Chinese had cut the supply lines.
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Home, Food, and Weather
Eugene Dixon describes how he communicated with his family through letter writing during the Korean War. He details experiences in eating combat rations, and recalls the difficulty in accessing food in extreme cold weather conditions. He recounts the impact of low temperatures on the functioning of weapons and communications devices. He describes the precautions he took to prevent having frost-bite during the war.
Memorial at Inchon
Eugene Dixon was deployed to Korea in June 1950, where he served until June 1951. His engagements in Korea included the capture of both Inchon and Seoul, and combat at Wonsan, Heungnam, and Chosin Reservoir. This image is the Memorial at Inchon.