Samuel Gearhart

First Sergeant Samuel Frederick Gearhart was born in Wilmington Delaware in 1931. Upon turning 18 he joined the United States Marine Corps. He served honorably from 1948 until his retirement in 1968.

First Sergeant Gearhart served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. During the Korean War era he was stationed at the Panama Canal Balboa Naval Station in the 1950s to help with wartime security efforts. He then was transferred and served in active duty in Korea.

Upon return to civilian life he stayed active in veteran affairs in Jefferson City, Missouri. He died in 2005 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His legacy is honored today through the work of the Samuel F. Gearhart Detachment of the Marine Corps League in Jefferson City Missouri.


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Korean War - Key Events

April 25, 1951

Vastly outnumbered UN forces check the Chinese advance on Seoul at the Battles of Kapyong and the Imjin River. Two Commonwealth battalions—the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Regiment and the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment—rebuff an entire Chinese division at Kapyong, and 4,000 men of the British 29th Brigade stage a successful delaying action against nearly 30,000 troops of the Chinese 63rd Army at the Imjin River. Some 650 men of the 1st Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment (the “Glorious Glosters”), engage in a Thermopylae-like stand against more than 10,000 Chinese infantry at Imjin. Although the overwhelming majority of the Glosters are killed or captured, their sacrifice allows UN forces to consolidate their lines around the South Korean capital.

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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