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Terry @TerranceCreamer
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1) This photo captured by David Douglas Duncan, is one of the most iconic images of the Korean War. Appearing exhausted and frustrated, USMC Captain Francis "Ike" Fenton has just been told his company is out of ammunition during the Battle of "No-Name Ridge in August,1950.
2) According to Duncan's account of taking the photo, the 27year-old World War II veteran was told to continue fighting despite having no ammunition, losing communication with higher headquarters and suffering the loss of over 80 KIA or wounded, out of 190 Marines.
3) To make matters worse, Captain Fenton's 1st Sergeant, Leonard Young had been hit in the chest by a machine-gun bullet and was dying. Young was being dragged away and told Fenton, "God I'm sorry Captain! I'm really sorry! But don't let them fall back! Please don't fall back!"
4) They never did fall back as the Marines held the hill. Fenton and his men would go on to land at Inchon, liberate Seoul, and fight at the Chosin Reservoir.
5) Five years earlier during the Battle of Okinawa (April - June 1945) Fenton's younger brother Michael, a Marine PFC scout-sniper fought with Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.
6) This was the same unit that Captain Fenton was now commanding in Korea. The Captain's brother Michael was killed in a Japanese attack near the infamous "Sugar Loaf Hill."
7) In an almost unbelievable twist of World War II history, Fenton's father, also a Marine, was serving as an engineer officer on Okinawa. When Colonel Francis I. Fenton Sr heard the news of his son's death, he immediately went to the site where his son had fallen.
8) He knelt by the flag-covered body and began praying. Life would never be the same for the Fenton family and we honor their valor and sacrifice.
9) After the Korean War, Captain Fenton goes on to serve in Vietnam before retiring in 1970 as a much-decorated Colonel. He settled in Peachtree City, Georgia and died in 1998 at age 76, leaving behind 3 daughters, 2 sons, 12 grandchildren and a great grandchild.
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