The first group of American combat troops to leave Korea under President Carter's phased withdrawal plan flew out on Wednesday (13 December).
The first group of American combat troops to leave Korea under President Carter's phased withdrawal plan flew out on Wednesday (13 December). During his election campaign Mr Carter pledged himself to withdraw all thirty-three thousand U.S. troops from South Korea by 1982. South Korea has reluctantly agreed to the U.S. withdrawal, but some American military authorities and businessmen have warned that it could lead to a North Korean offensive.
SYNOPSIS: Two hundred and twelve men of "The Manchu Regiment" (the 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division) left from Osan Airbase, thirty miles south of Seoul.
The unit got its nickname, "Manchu Regiment" during action in China in 1900. One of the most decorated, regiments in the U.S. Army, the 9th Infantry is being withdrawn to Fort Riley, Kansas.
The unit distinguished itself in the Korean war, pushing further north than any other U.N. force and making the first combat contact with Chinese forces. It took part in no less than ten campaigns including Bloody Ridge, Heartbreak Ridge and Pork Chop Hill.
It has served as a security force along the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea since 1975.