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PFC Hector A. Cafferata, Jr., USMC (ret.)

This is about PFC Hector A. Cafferata, Jr., USMC (ret.), who passed away 12 April and was buried at Quantico, VA.( see obituary below):

But… it’s really also all about the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir & all of our Brothers who served there, nearby, in the same place & at the same time as PFC Cafferata...

In our 1Mar Div Oregon/Columbia River Chapter Honor Guard, Bill Call, Collie ‘Doc’ Collins were there & still have trouble with their feet.  Other chapter members who were there: Dave Dowdakin, who passed 11 April, and Vic Saraceno; and there are others, too.  I personally consider it an honor to be associated with them.

Here in Portland we have a very active Chosin Few Association Chapter who, by the way, is responsible for the Korea War Memorial at Willamette National Cemetery.  To find out more about these Marines & Corpsmen ‘who were there’ for sure, click on this link: http://victorjoccf.tripod.com/chosinfeworegonchapter/

And these, too:

            1994” http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19941218&slug=1947865

            1996: http://www.koreanwar.org/html/memorials/oregon.htm

            2010: http://www.raindogeditorial.com/ChosinFewNews.pdf

            2012: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/05/korean_war_veterans_honor_fall.html

            2013: http://eastpdxnews.com/general-news-features/chosin-few-reunite-to-remember-fallen-comrades/

            2013: http://koin.com/2013/05/26/16164-autosave/

In an online document,  the Chanjin Journal, I found a pretty telling summary dispelling the rationale to dispatch troops so far north in Korea in the manner that was planned and eventually ordered, which resulted in the famous battle:

“During the Chosin campaign the X Corps came up with a new plan which had the 1MarDiv at Yudam-ni attack to the west to pinch off the CCF then attacking the Eighth Army.  The terrain west of Yudam is a classic example of where not to commit a division at that time of year.  We understand the tendency for a planner in the comfort of a higher headquarters to draw sweeping lines across the map and suggest an operation for Patton to relieve Bastogne; but for North Korea that planner must get his eyeball close to a 1:50,000 map and ask himself what the rifle company commander will see when he looks at that same map on the ground.” (I would add that comprehensive ‘intel’, particularly of troop & equipment movements, would’ve helped, too.)

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