Korean War Legacy Project

Richard Carey – Part 2


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 takedown 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.

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Evacuation after the Chosin Reservoir

Richard Carey describes taking as many Korean evacuees on ships. He shares the sheer number of evacuees that followed them after the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. He explains how the Korean police were interviewing the evacuees.

Tags: 1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir, 11/27-12/13,Heungnam,Front lines,North Koreans

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Richard Carey discusses the legacy of the Korean War. He shares what he feels the veteran of the war represents. He shares how he believes that freedom is something worth fighting for everyone.

Tags: North Koreans,Pride

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Forgotten War

Richard Carey discusses how the Korean War followed many wars. He shares the sacrifice and casualties that happened in WWII may have led civilians to be ready for war to be over. He explains why he feels the Korean War may have been forgotten.

Tags: Home front

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