US and Republic of Korea Celebrate Alliance During Incheon Landing
US and Republic of Korea Celebrate Alliance
During Incheon Landing Commemoration
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham
Essenmacher, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs.
Incheon, Republic of Korea — (NNS)
— September 16, 2015 — The U.S. and Republic of Korea alliance took center stage as more than 3,000
guests joined both the U.S. and ROK Navy and Marine Corps forces in the
commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the Incheon Amphibious Landing
Operation Sept. 15.
The landing, codenamed Operation Chromite, occurred Sept. 15, 1950, when General
Douglas MacArthur, supreme commander of United Nations forces, led more than
40,000 troops in the surprise amphibious landing.
Rear Adm. William Byrne at the Gen. Douglas MacArthur memorial
statue in Incheon
"The enduring partnership the U.S. and ROK share was forged in battles such as
Incheon," said Rear Adm. Bill Byrne, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea. "It was
a daring plan by a great leader and it succeeded due to the courage displayed by
the UN forces dedicated to the cause of a peaceful Korean peninsula. The brave
Korean War veterans fought for that dream and we are here to ensure it remains."
U.S. Marine Corps Col. John J. Carrol, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Forces
Korea, echoed Byrne's sentiments when he noted the landing was a key event that
brought forward the opportunity for the ROK to grow under freedom and prosperity.
"It was a significant day in history," said Carrol. "Today showed how both U.S.
and ROK marines contributed to that success then and today."
The ceremony began with a tribute to MacArthur by ROK veterans as well as
government and civil leaders. After the tribute to the former U.N. supreme
commander, the guests were treated to a reenactment that included mine sweeping
demonstrations and an allied military power demonstration featuring amphibious
assault vehicles, helicopters, airplanes and a landing force made of U.S. and
"The reenactment was great because it showed how complex the landing was," said
ROK native and U.S. Navy Lt. Sohnhwa Lee, currently assigned to U.S. Naval
Forces Korea. "This demonstration made it a bit surreal and personal to me
because if the coalition forces did not succeed, there would be no Republic of
Following the 90 minute reenactment and ceremony the Canadian Defense Attache,
Col. Jeff Drummond, said it was heartwarming to see the recognition of all U.N.
Sending States who contributed to the allied effort during the Korean War.
"As the world has become smaller it is more important today than it was then to
have a vested interest in the peace and security and forge the bond of trust
with our allies so we are all well prepared."
The U.S. and ROK navies have an enduring partnership that was strengthened by
the mutual sacrifice to bring security and stability to the Korean peninsula.
The two nations work together throughout the year in annual joint exercises,
various community relations projects and continual participation in official
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