The Secrets of Inchon: The Untold Story of the Most Daring Covert Mission of the Korean War

The Secrets of Inchon The Untold Story of the Most Daring Covert Mission of the Korean War In as historian Thomas Fleming prepared an article about a crucial but little known covert mission of the Korean War led by a thirty nine year old naval lieutenant named Eugene Clark Clark s

  • Title: The Secrets of Inchon: The Untold Story of the Most Daring Covert Mission of the Korean War
  • Author: Eugene Franklin Clark
  • ISBN: 9780399148712
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 2000, as historian Thomas Fleming prepared an article about a crucial but little known, covert mission of the Korean War, led by a thirty nine year old naval lieutenant named Eugene Clark, Clark s widow noted that her husband had written up his own account, then put it in a safe deposit box Would he like to read it Fleming would and discovered an extraordinary documenIn 2000, as historian Thomas Fleming prepared an article about a crucial but little known, covert mission of the Korean War, led by a thirty nine year old naval lieutenant named Eugene Clark, Clark s widow noted that her husband had written up his own account, then put it in a safe deposit box Would he like to read it Fleming would and discovered an extraordinary document a vividly written first person chronicle filled with color, detail, and event, as honest and revealing a wartime narrative as he d read in many years In late August 1950, with North Korea on the attack, MacArthur battled his own colleagues over his plan to invade Inchon, behind enemy lines They simply knew too little about the dangerous tides and miles of mudflats, the beaches, seawalls, and fortifications It was suicide MacArthur convinced them, barely, and then brought in Clark, because they did know too little Clark had to find the answers and in just two weeks That was all the time there was With two South Korean officers, Clark landed on a harbor island, but the North Koreans discovered him, and soon his intelligence gathering became filled with firefights, night raids, hand to hand combat, even a miniature naval battle involving armed junks It all culminated on the night of the invasion itself when he and his men took over a lighthouse and lit it to guide the allied fleet The Secrets of Inchon is a stunning account, rich with courage and humanity, infused by Clark s growing brotherhood with his newfound allies a new classic of military history.

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    1. Okay, full disclosure: my dad wrote this, and despite the fact that it's listed as fiction, it isn't. The publishers (or someone) blew it.The story is of the two weeks my dad and several Koreans spent scouting out the hows, wheres and whens for Macarthur's Inchon invasion. There's danger, humor, romance and tragedy. I loved it. Try it,you might,too.9/3/11: Just finished this - again - sorry if I sound immodest, but what a great story! I miss my Dad.

    2. This is a great story. Most of it takes place in the few weeks preceding the U.N. landing of troops at Inchon in September, 1950, only a few months after the Korean war started. The author, Gene Clark, was supposed to send as much information as possible to Tokyo prior to the landing date. Fortunately, he was highly aware of many aspects of such operations from his previous service in the American invasion of Okinawa in 1945. In 1948, he served as an interpreter at Japanese war crimes trials on [...]

    3. Very good insight to the mind set of a problem solver who didn' panic, was cool under pressure & did what he could with what he had available. And, he got the job done.Fascinating story - success against incredible odds. A moral & honourable man.Insightful look at the wholesome qualities of the Korean people.

    4. In 1950, at the height of the Korean War, the forces of the North had South Korea and it's international allies on the ropes, occupying much of the country. In response, General Douglas MacArthur, commander of the U.N. troops working to stop the advance of the communists, planned a daring maneuver to cut the enemy's supply lines by landing at the port city of Inchon with a massive armada. Sparsely defended, Inchon made a perfect launch pad for a counteroffensive, but it was sparsely defended for [...]

    5. This is a pretty solid book. It gave a ton of set up which drug on for the first half of the book. Clark lead the scout mission for the raid on Inchon by the US marines. Somer good detail of the preparation, and the execution of the raid. Bunch of very tough stuff for the lead party. Did a nice job setting up the nature of the local folks, the climate of the war in regards to the native Koreans, and their behavior.I would give this 3.5 stars, will round up for the heck of it.

    6. This was an excellent book. A written first-person account of the activities of a Navy officer and a group of Koreans that set the stage for the invasion of Inchon which turned the war in Korea. Written matter-of-factly it really puts you there. A great read.

    7. This is a good glimpse into a lesser known time and place in history along with people's stories worth hearing. It also works as a real-life spy story.

    8. I can't wait to read this one. My mom bought it for Eric and I can't believe it but even he is eager to read it!!!

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