From aboard Rear Admiral Edward Ewen's flagship with Task Force 77, in Korean waters, TIME Correspondent Jim Bell cabled:

In his small cabin off the flag bridge of an Essex-class carrier, known in the fleet as "the Showboat," Admiral Edward Coyle Ewen sat sipping orangeade, explaining the targets for the next day. Task Force 77 was barreling along Korea's west coast, intent on blasting strategic targets at Pyongyang, Seoul and Inchon. While Ewen was talking, fuel and ordnance men readied the Showboat's planes.

As dawn came up slowly over Korea, the admiral stepped...

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