Gen. Douglas MacArthur, center, is shown on board USS Mount McKinley during the Incheon landings on Sept. 15, 1950. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS COLLECTION/U.S. NATIONAL ARCHIVES
Gen. Douglas MacArthur, center, is shown on board USS Mount McKinley during the Incheon landings on Sept. 15, 1950. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS COLLECTION/U.S. NATIONAL ARCHIVES

‘This reversed the Korean War virtually overnight’: The Incheon landing’s victorious, bloody legacy 69 years later

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

INCHEON, South Korea — U.S.-led forces were in danger of losing the Korean War as the North Koreans pushed them back to a defensive line on the southern tip of the peninsula known as the Pusan Perimeter.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur, in command of the troops fighting under United Nations auspices, knew what needed to be done. But first, the five-star general had to convince the rest of the top brass.

The Incheon landing, which began 69 years ago Sunday, went against the better judgment of Navy, Marine and other Army commanders who argued the narrow port channel, swift currents and extreme tides were too dangerous and could leave ships stranded and vulnerable to attack.

The 70-year-old war hero prevailed, insisting that the riskiness of the plan to land Marines behind enemy lines only boosted the element of surprise.

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