Korean War Legacy Project

Richard Carey – Part 1


Richard Carey was born in Columbus, OH. On completion of high school, he enlisted in the V-5 (Aviation Cadet Training Program), which allowed him to be a reserve and go to college for two years.  After the program was eliminated, Carey enlisted in the Marine Corps and served as a Second Lieutenant.  In Korea, he saw action at the landing of Incheon and in Wonsan.  He was awarded the Bronze Star for overseeing the take down of an enemy platoon.  He later was wounded as a member of a machine gun platoon but would return to Korea in 1954 as an aviator patrolling the DMZ in the air.  After Korea, Carey saw action in Vietnam and was the commanding officer in charge of the evacuation of Saigon in 1975.  He retired from service in 1983.

Video Clips

From High School to the Marines

Richard Carey discusses what is V-5. He discusses his path to military service. He explains how he wanted to be a Marine Corps aviator. He shares how the V-5 program was discontinued and he had to go to ROTC or take discharge. He explains how he chose to discharge and enlisted in the Marines.

Tags: Home front,Pride

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Letting Freedom Ring

Richard Carey explains his knowledge of Korea before he went. He explains his reason for fighting in the war. He explains how he wanted to help the allies of South Korea and why.

Tags: Impressions of Korea,Pride,Prior knowledge of Korea

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Incheon Objective

Richard Carey discusses the landing on Incheon. He shares how his platoon landed. He shares his platoon's objective.

Tags: 1950 Inchon Landing, 9/15-9/19,Incheon,Front lines

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March to Seoul

Richard Carey describes a recognizance mission. He shares an encounter with North Korean troops on the way to Seoul. He explains how he was awarded the Bronze Star for capturing the North Korean platoon.

Tags: 1950 Seoul Recapture, 9/22-9/25,Seoul,Front lines,North Koreans

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Covered in Blood for Days

Richard Carey describes the situation in Seoul as his platoon tried to help recapture it from the North Koreans. He shares information about his squadron leaders and injuries of his platoon. He explains how they stopped for a breather and what happened in the process.

Tags: 1950 Seoul Recapture, 9/22-9/25,Seoul,Front lines,North Koreans,Weapons

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Richard Carey explains the goal of landing at Wonson. He shared how they wanted to cut off the North Koreans. He explains how they had to patrol and captured North Koreans.

Tags: 1950 Wonsan Landing, 10/25,Wonsan,Front lines,North Koreans

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