Max Geyer

Max Geyer joined the Navy on February 6th, 1952 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His related civilian occupation is listed as an electrical repairman. He was stationed out of San Diego. His most significant duty assignment is listed as USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869).  Between 19 February and 10 August 1952, the Isbell acted as a unit of Task Force 77, the 7th Fleet Striking Force. For a short time, the Isbell was a member of the Formosa (Taiwan) Strait patrol and joined the carrier St. Paul (CA-73) in bombarding Songjin, North Korea. The Isbell returned to the US in August and began a 3-month overhaul in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Mr. Geyer recalls his participation in the Korean War with this memory … “When the Isbell was bombarding the coast of North Korea, I and another sailor were down below deck in an ammo magazine, loading a hoist with powder canisters and 52-pound projectiles to send up to one of our three 5-inch gun mounts, which was laying down barrages on the North Korea shoreline. We were acutely aware that if the ship took a hit near our location, with all the explosives that surrounded us, it would have been pretty disastrous.”

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Clipping from the Huntington Herald Press in 1952.

-- Max Geyer's Granddaughter, Heather Brindle

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Korean War - Key Events

January 12, 1950

In a speech to the National Press Club, U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson outlines a U.S. Pacific defense posture that includes Japan and the Philippines but does not explicitly include Korea. In fact, he states that, “so far as the military security of other areas in the Pacific is concerned, it must be clear that no person can guarantee these areas against military attack.”

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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