British Commonwealth Royal Marines marched with their South Korean counter-parts, May 15, during a three-day goodwill visit to Seoul, South Korea.
British Commonwealth Royal Marines marched with their South Korean counter-parts, May 15, during a three-day goodwill visit to Seoul, South Korea. Earlier Rear Admiral V.C. Begg paid a courtesy call on President Syngman Rhee at the Kyung Mu Dai.
Several ships of the Commonwealth Naval Task Force, Far East, were tied up in Inchon harbour, Among the many visitors aboard HMS Ceylon was Korean actress Miss Mun, who was dressed in British naval uniform.
During the parade near Seoul Town Hall the Union Jack and the South Korean flag were escorted by a detachment of Korean Marines. The military bearing of at least one British Marine officer was momentarily shattered by a little Korean girl who wanted to garland him. Just for a few seconds his ram-rod stiff back bent and his sword wavered. Garlanded he marched towards the saluting base and saw his commanding officer, Admiral Begg, second in command of the Task Force, similarly bedecked with flowers.
The cruiser HMS Ceylon is well know to many Koreans - she was the first British warship to support UN Forces at Inchon and Chungjin, North Korea, during the Korean War - 1950-52. Ten officers and fifty other ranks in this goodwill visit were aboard Ceylon during both operations.