Royal Marines in Korea?

rb_1

Clanker
This may sound like a pretty bone question but was doing some leisurely internet military history research (as you do) and started traversing pages on the Korean War. I noticed that the ORBAT didn't include any RM in the 1st Commonwealth Division, but there was the inclusion of 41 Independent Commando as attached to the US 1st Marine Division, primarily for the purpose of raiding it seems. Were there any other RM units associated with the Korean War? Because my understanding is that 41 Independent Commando was largely composed of volunteers. Looking at the casualty figures during the period, it also seems that RM was preoccupied in the Malaya areas.
 

the_boy_syrup

LE
Book Reviewer
Andy_S is your man
Expert on Korea and author about the war.

IIRC one of the Marines (Condron)stayed behind in NK for a while.
 
That just about sums it up. Not aware of any other RM unit going to Korea.
I take it you already know that 41 received a Presidential Unit Citation for their actions with 1st Marine Div' at the Chosin Reservoir.
 

RP578

LE
Book Reviewer
Andy_S is your man
Expert on Korea and author about the war.

IIRC one of the Marines (Condron)stayed behind in NK for a while.

Marine Andrew Condron defected to China before returning in 1960 without repercussions. I very highly recommed reading 'Green Berets in Korea: The Story of 41 Independent Commando Royal Marines 1950-52' by Fred Hayhurst. Includes an interesting section on Condron.

As to the original point, 41 Ind Cdo were the only Royal Marine unit in Korea.
 
An interesting snippet from the obituary of Lt Cdr 'Robbie' Robinson MBE RN:

Daily Telegraph said:
...During the Korean War Robinson served with 41 Independent Company, Royal Marines, as a demolition specialist. It was attached to the US Marine Corps, and formed the rearguard at the retreat from the Chosin Reservoir. On returning to Britain, Robinson was not amused to be told that this counted as shore service and he was now top of the roster to go to sea...

Well worth reading the whole piece.
 

rb_1

Clanker
That just about sums it up. Not aware of any other RM unit going to Korea.
I take it you already know that 41 received a Presidential Unit Citation for their actions with 1st Marine Div' at the Chosin Reservoir.
Cheers for the answer, yes been reading about 'The Chosin Few', heroic stuff. From what I've read 41 seems to have been largely a volunteer unit, picking up volunteers from RM on operations in Malaya, is there any reason why RM was focussed on engagements in Malaya rather than Korea? Were (are?) RM more focussed on counter-insurgency operations instead of raiding operations?
 
An interesting snippet from the obituary of Lt Cdr 'Robbie' Robinson MBE RN:


And so be would I and anyother matelot, if we came back from a deployable billet to be told we were going into another just because it was on land...speaking of which I wonder where I stand being at 42 (41 Ind Cdo were based here before 42 and as such we guard their pulpit in Bickleigh Church) and in a deployable billet...
Well worth reading the whole piece.
 

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