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

October 25, 1950

Having destroyed the bulk of the North Korean army, UN troops have pressed on into North Korea and are now approaching the Yalu River. Chinese People’s Volunteers Force (CPVF) troops under veteran commander Gen. Peng Dehuai cross into North Korea and inflict serious losses on the lead units of the UN advance. The sudden appearance of Chinese forces sends the main body of UN forces reeling back to the south bank of the Ch’ŏngch’ŏn River.

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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