John Fair's Inchon Photos

Korea, May 1951





On 25 June 1950, the North Korean People's Army invaded South Korea. This necessitated a fast increase in American surface shipping to meet the logistical demand placed upon it. Many ships of the "Moth Ball" fleet were reactivated; and, on 26 August 1950, Skagit was placed in full commission, Capt. George R. Over in command. She moved to San Diego for shakedown training and then trained other crews until 26 March 1951.

On that date, the cargo ship sailed for Pusan, Korea, with troops and combat supplies. After unloading, she proceeded to Yokosuka and conducted landing exercises for elements of the 40th Army Division. This training period was interrupted for a month in May when Skagit was ordered to sail to Inchon at flank speed to evacuate personnel and equipment if the situation there became more critical. However, Inchon was secured, and the ship resumed normal overseas operations until returning to San Diego on 15 October 1951.




John Fair

John Fair




J. P. Webster

J. P. Webster




Inchon

Inchon




House In Inchon

House In Inchon




Downed MIG On Ox Cart

Downed MIG On Ox Cart




Condition 3 Watch

Condition 3 Watch




Chief Rose

Chief Rose




Meyer Ellis

Meyer Ellis




Skagit At Anchor

Skagit At Anchor




Photos: Kelly Fair




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