Harold Maples

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Rank and Basketball

Harold missed the deadline to apply for rank so that all of his peers went up in rank without him. They joked with him about how he didn’t have his “stripes” which you can see in the black and white photo. So he filled out the paperwork and went about his business. He was asked to go play basketball in Seoul for a good will trip over one weekend. When he came back, he found his whole “team” was in trouble for leaving without permission. It turned out to be a mix up but he was threatened with worse punishment because he outranked his team. He was so confused until he realized that they had jumped him two ranks over the weekend while he was gone. They all had a good laugh about it. The color photo shows his new “stripes”.

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Rank and Basketball

Korean War - Key Events

September 15, 1950

X Corps, a force led by U.S. Maj. Gen. Edward M. Almond, stages an audacious amphibious landing at Inch’ŏn, some 150 miles behind enemy lines. The plan, conceived by UN commander Gen. Douglas MacArthur, is an unqualified success; 10 days later Seoul is liberated.

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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