International: The Volunteer

Sandbag Castle is a rocky knob on Korea's eastern front held by the U.S. 25th Infantry Division. One day last September, the Reds attacked Sandbag Castle and every man of the 27th (Wolfhound) Regiment was on his toes. Among them: wiry little Corporal Lee ("Korean Joe") Yong Suk.

Strictly speaking, Joe Suk shouldn't have been on the front at all. After almost two years of continuous fighting he had just got his first ten-day furlough ticket so that he could go back to his village to marry a childhood sweetheart. Charlie Company had sent the hat round and collected $250 for Joe,...

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