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Departed U.S. Marines of the Korean DMZ, Section 1

FIRST PROVISIONAL DEMILITARIZED ZONE POLICE COMPANY

SECTION 1

 

Deceased United States Marines who served in

First Provisional Demilitarized Zone Police Company

First Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific 

4 September 1953 -- 17 March 1955

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United States Marines on patrol and with apprehended unauthorized Military Demarcation Line crossers in the Korean Demilitarized Zone in 1953.  

A typical DMZ patrol consisted of four Marines armed with an M-1 rifle (with bayonet) loaded with one 7-round en-bloc clip plus three 8-round en-bloc clips, an M1911-A1 pistol with three 7-round magazines. No chambered rounds were permitted. Additional equipment carried included an AN/PRC-10 radio, binoculars, compass and maps.

First Provisional DMZ Police Company platoon engaged in close order drill in 1953. A 60 second excerpt from a VHS tape produced by L H (Buck) Siefer and Bob Jennings.

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You may ask why a drill team when your task is patrolling and policing the precarious Korean Demilitarized Zone?

MSgt Robert Dale Caulkins USMC (Retired) recollects the 1st Provisional Demilitarized Zone Police Company Drill Team's genesis.

 

"In early November 1953, the Commanding Officer, Captain Clark Ashton, learned of an upcoming drill competition among all the units of I Corps, which was the senior United States Army command in western Korea. When the former Commanding Officer of ceremonial troops at Marine Barracks, Washington D.C., also known as “8th & I,” learned that the contest was to be held in the city of Uijonbu just a few miles south of Camp Semper Fidelis, he quickly formed a drill team of 30 enthusiastic volunteers (I was one of them) and began an intensive program to train them to perform an “8th & I” specialty--an eight-minute silent drill routine. He had only ten days in which to do it. We were taught the rudiments of ceremonial drill by Captain Ashton. Once we had the routine down, we practiced it for hours on end to get it perfect. The routine consisted of the drill team marching onto the drill field and halting. An officer faced the troops and commanded, "Forward March," and 30 Marines in three ranks performed almost ten minutes of close order drill, fancy rifle tossing, exchanges with fixed bayonets, and numerous marching movements without a single command after the initial order of forward march. It was all done by silent count. Each movement went for so many steps, and then another action was done for so many steps or counts, and it went like that for almost ten minutes. At the end of the ten minutes, we formed in perfect alignment in front of the reviewing stand and performed a rifle toss and present arms. We competed against several Army regimental drill teams and, as I recall, one Air Force drill team. The other drill teams were good, but the one thing they couldn't do that day that we did was do a routine that began with one command and ended ten minutes later without another command being given. On the day of the competition, the 1st Provisional Demilitarized Zone Police Company drill team literally "trooped and stomped" the four competing Army drill teams into the dust. Even the Army spectators and some of the members of the other teams applauded the Marine drill team. I don't know who the judges were, but I do know they were Army officers. I didn't see one Marine officer among them. But they actually all came down from the reviewing stand and shook the hand of our officer."

 

The complete comments of MSgt Caulkins regarding the 1st Provisional Demilitarized Zone Police Company may be found at : http://www.koreanwar-educator.org/memoirs/caulkins_robert/#DMZ 

THE MARINES' HYMN

      I

From the Halls of Montezuma

To the Shores of Tripoli,

We fight our country's battles

In the air, on land, and sea.

First to fight for right and freedom,

And to keep our honor clean,

We are proud to claim the title

Of United States Marines.

      II

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze

From dawn to setting sun;

We have fought in every clime and place

Where we could take a gun.

In the snow of far-off northern lands

And in sunny tropic scenes,

You will find us always on the job

The United States Marines.

      III

Here's health to you and to our Corps

Which we are proud to serve;

In many a strife we've fought for life

And never lost our nerve.

If the Army and the Navy

Ever look on Heaven's scenes,

They will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.

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U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1

 

M1

Do you wonder why that rifle

Is hanging in my den?

You know I rarely take it down

But I touch it now and then.

 

It’s rather slow and heavy

By standards of today

But not too many years ago

It swept the rest away.

 

It’s held its own in battles

Through snow, or rain, or sun

And I had one just like it,

This treasured old M-1.

 

It went ashore at Bougainville

In Nineteen Forty-Three.

It stormed the beach at Tarawa

Through a bullet-riddled sea.

 

Saipan knew its strident bark,

Kwajelein, its sting.

The rocky caves of Peleliu

Resounded with its ring.

 

It climbed the hill on Iwo

With men who wouldn’t stop

And left our nation’s banner

Flying on the top.

 

It poked its nose in Pusan,

Screamed an angry roar

And took the First Division

From Chosin Reservoir.

 

Well, time moves on

And things improve

With rifles and with men,

And that is why the two of us

Are sitting in my den.

 

But sometimes on a winter night,

While thinking of my Corps,

I know that if the bugle blew

We’d be a team once more.

 

~ R.A. Gannon

Sergeant of Marines