Photos US and South Korean Forces

A very striking and symbolic photograph from Korea, circa 1951.
Both the M1 helmet shell and liner show evidence of having being penetrated by rounds of ammunition...the entry hole and exit holes are clearly visible on the shell.
The fate of the wearer(s) is unknown.
The best case scenario is that the round maybe just passed right through and creased their scalp as a properly adjusted M1 does have some head-space. In fact, there are several famous images of WW2 GIs holding their M1 helmets which were similarly penetrated.
The worst case scenario is that the results were, sadly, fatal.
(LIFE / Mydans)

Two North Korean boys, serving in the North Korean Army, taken prisoner in the Sindang-dong area by elements of the 389th Infantry Regiment, are interrogated by a U.S. soldier shortly after their capture. 18 September 1950.

Battleship New Jersey firing a six-gun salvo at an enemy troop concentration near Kaesong, Korea, 1 January 1953.

In almost "white-out" conditions, Army pilots of the US X Corps ready their Aeronca L-16 liaison / observation aircraft for flight, Korea,1951.
(LIFE / Mydans)

Wounded 7th Infantry Division soldiers and Marines await evacuation during the harrowing retreat from the Chosin Reservoir.

The rugged, unforgiving terrain of North Korea along the Chinese border is evident in this aerial shot taken shortly before the attack of the Chinese Communist Forces. The Chinese victory at the Chosin Reservoir came at a heavy cost in casualties from human wave attacks.

Engine change on an F-84G at Taegu Airfield. U.S. Air Force photo approved for public release.

29 November 1950, MOH, Lieutenant Colonel John U. Page, Attached to the 52nd
Transportation Truck Battalion, X Corps Artillery, Eighth Army, U.S. Army
Korean War - U.S. Army
Lt. Col. Page, a member of X Corps Artillery, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty in a series of exploits. On 29 November, Lt. Col. Page left X Corps Headquarters at Hamhung with the mission of establishing traffic control on the main supply route to 1st Marine Division positions and those of some Army elements on the Chosin Reservoir plateau. Having completed his mission Lt. Col. Page was free to return to the safety of Hamhung but chose to remain on the plateau to aid an isolated signal station, thus being cut off with elements of the marine division. After rescuing his jeep driver by breaking up an ambush near a destroyed bridge, Lt. Col. Page reached the lines of a surrounded marine garrison at Koto-ri. He then voluntarily developed and trained a reserve force of assorted army troops trapped with the marines. By exemplary leadership and tireless devotion he made an effective tactical unit available. In order that casualties might be evacuated, an airstrip was improvised on frozen ground partly outside of the Koto-ri defense perimeter which was continually under enemy attack. During two such attacks, Lt. Col. Page exposed himself on the airstrip to direct fire on the enemy and twice mounted the rear deck of a tank, manning the machine gun on the turret to drive the enemy back into a no man's land. On 3 December while being flown low over enemy lines in a light observation plane, Lt. Col. Page dropped hand grenades on Chinese positions and sprayed foxholes with automatic fire from his carbine. After 10 days of constant fighting the marine and army units in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir had succeeded in gathering at the edge of the plateau and Lt. Col. Page was flown to Hamhung to arrange for artillery support of the beleaguered troops attempting to break out. Again Lt. Col. Page refused an opportunity to remain in safety and returned to give every assistance to his comrades. As the column slowly moved south Lt. Col. Page joined the rear guard. When it neared the entrance to a narrow pass it came under frequent attacks on both flanks. Mounting an abandoned tank Lt. Col. Page manned the machine gun, braved heavy return fire, and covered the passing vehicles until the danger diminished. Later when another attack threatened his section of the convoy, then in the middle of the pass, Lt. Col. Page took a machine gun to the hillside and delivered effective counterfire, remaining exposed while men and vehicles passed through the ambuscade. On the night of 10 December the convoy reached the bottom of the pass but was halted by a strong enemy force at the front and on both flanks. Deadly small-arms fire poured into the column. Realizing the danger to the column as it lay motionless, Lt. Col. Page fought his way to the head of the column and plunged forward into the heart of the hostile position. His intrepid action so surprised the enemy that their ranks became disordered and suffered heavy casualties. Heedless of his safety, as he had been throughout the preceding 10 days, Lt. Col. Page remained forward, fiercely engaging the enemy singlehandedly until mortally wounded. By his valiant and aggressive spirit Lt. Col. Page enabled friendly forces to stand off the enemy. His outstanding courage, unswerving devotion to duty, and supreme self-sacrifice reflect great credit upon Lt. Col. Page and are in the highest tradition of the military service.

A gun captain on a mount on the USS Oriskany (Mighty O) inspects the thick layer of ice covering the gun, mount, and mechanism while cruising off Korea. January 1953 (Getty Images

The troopship MARINE LYNX discharges soldiers of the 2d Battalion, 31st Infantry, to an LST which will carry then to the beach at Iwon,

A GI armed with a Carbine walks among the ruins of Pyongyang North Korea's capitol, This city was captured during the UN offensive northwards towards China when PLA intervention on the behalf of Mao Zedong with battle lines moving back and forth until stalemate set in.

On this day in 1950, the Battle of Changjin (Chosin) Reservoir began.
U.S. Marines, as part of a force of 30,000 United Nations troops, were occupying positions near the Changjin Reservoir when they were suddenly attacked by a force of roughly 120,000 soldiers from the People's Republic of China.
Facing freezing temperatures, snow, and wind, the Marines and U.N. troops were able to repel repeated attempts by the communist forces to overrun their positions. After fierce fighting, the Marines conducted a successful withdrawal while inflicting heavy casualties upon the enemy.
In the end, over 6 PRC divisions failed to accomplish their objective of destroying the U.N. troops in the Changjin Reservoir area, allowing these forces to be safely evacuated from Hungnam Port. This evacuation would prove essential to the continued fight to keep the Republic of Korea free from communist aggression.

From the Korean War Service of David Brock who served with 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. Two soldiers who were with Company D, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion. On the left is a soldier named Rocky and the soldier on the right is unknown. This is the Chorwon Valley, the first place that Brock's company was stationed, ca 1952. (David Franklin Brock Korean War Photograph Collection/Tennessee State Library and Archives)

Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, The Duke of Wellington's Regiment, have a smoke while waiting for dusk to fall before joining a patrol into no-man's land at The Hook. Imperial War Museum.

PFC Carl H Boxher, HQ Coy, 2nd Bn, 7th US Cavalry Regt, 1st US Cavalry Div, holds a Korean orphan who has been adopted by the company, Korea (IWM)

Two soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, carry a wounded soldier from the Republic of Korea Army along a snow-covered track towards a medical aid post (not in view), ca December 1950. The Australian War Memorial.

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