On D-2 Day our forces in the south started the "breakout" of the Pusan Perimeter. Meantime, the destroyers remained around Inchon providing call-fire missions for the Marines, mostly nighttime starshell illumination. But in a few days the troops had advanced well beyond range of our guns.
For almost three months our forces had been on the defensive. As of 15 September we took the offensive. In two weeks the North Korean army was defeated and on the run; Kimpo airfield and Seoul had been taken; and we had won that war. But the war went on for three more years.
The Gunfire Support Group destroyers received the Navy Unit commandat ion.
Mr. Relman Morin, an Associated Press correspondent on board Struble's flagship, filed a piece datelined 16 September. He referred to the destroyers as 'Sitting flucks", a term which was picked up by the press, and by history books as well.
So the destroyers made up a "Sitting Duck" flag which was flown at the yardarm on special occasions.
"The Sea War in Korea", Cagle & Manson, USNI Press, 1957
"Sea Power", E. B. Potter, Prentice-Hall, 1960
"U.S Naval Operations - Korea.", Janies A. Field Jr., US Govt. Printing Office, 1962
"Inchon to Wonsan", James E. Alexander, USNI Press, 1996
LYMAN K. SWENSON Action Report serial 041 of 9/26/50
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