Korean War Legacy Project

Robert Mercy

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"A photo of a few of Robert Mercy's special ROK troops dressed in civilian-whites [as Mercy was too] for a night patrol they ran to plant two Korean CIA agents behind the Chinese Mainline of Resistance just prior to their New Year’s offensive [1950]. The soldier on your left was “ROK One”, titular head of the ROK Platoon. He was later killed in action during an attack against the Chinese in February of 1951. Next in line was “ROK Tom” who survived the war. Third in line was “ROK LEE,” the platoon machine-gunner. Next was A ROK Mercy named “Toshi” because of his many Samurai attributes. He was later wounded during the battle at Euijeongbu January 1951."

A picture of Robert Mercy behind the machine gun at age fourteen after he lied about his age and joined the NY National Guard with his twin brother Richard.

A picture of Robert Mercy behind the machine gun at age fourteen after he lied about his age and joined the NY National Guard with his twin brother Richard.

A picture of Robert and Richard, both age 17, with the 11th Airborne Division commander in Sendai Japan 1947.

A picture of Robert and Richard, both age 17, with the 11th Airborne Division commander in Sendai Japan 1947.

Richard and Robert Mercy at the side of a dock waiting to board ship headed to Busan. Taken on 4 July, 1950.

Richard and Robert Mercy at the side of a dock waiting to board ship headed to Busan. Taken on 4 July, 1950.

A picture of Robert (with the mustache) and Richard after Robert lost 65 pounds and spent 30 days on Line {Battle at Taejon & fall back to the Naktong}.

A picture of Robert (with the mustache) and Richard after Robert lost 65 pounds and spent 30 days on Line {Battle at Taejon & fall back to the Naktong}.

Robert and Richard on the road back to Taejon in September of 1950.

Robert and Richard on the road back to Taejon in September of 1950.

A picture of Robert and Richard on a hill after the battle at Euijeongbu.

A picture of Robert and Richard on a hill after the battle at Euijeongbu.

Robert & Richard on patrol against Chinese positions in North Korea, taken in November 1950.

Robert & Richard on patrol against Chinese positions in North Korea, taken in November 1950.