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Dear LTC Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard,

Thanks for your recent research.

My question is as follows:

Where was Company D 1st Battalion 185th Infantry Regiment 49th Infantry Division during the Korean War, 1950-1953?  

Were there any combat jumps into North Korea during the war?

Thank you for your time.

Victor Henry
Reference Librarian
Monterey Public Library

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Dear Mr. Henry,
         Here are the answers to your questions:

*The entire 185th Infantry Regiment, along with the rest of the 49th Infantry Division stayed in California during the Korean War. California at the time had two infantry divisions-the 40th (Grizzly Division) Infantry Division and the 49th (The 49ers) Infantry Division. The 40th was sent to South Korea where it arrived on 3 February 1952 relieving the 24th Infantry Division. Reference The Korean Order Of Battle: United States, United Nations, And Communist Ground, Naval, and Air Forces, 1950-1953.   

*The following combat jumps are recorded for the Korean War:

-October 20, 1950 in which the 2nd Battalion, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (The Rakkasans) were dropped on Drop Zone Sukchon. It was codenamed Operation DZ EASY with 1,203 papatroopers.

-October 20, 1950 in which the 1st and 3rd Battalions, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team were dropped on Drop Zone Sukchon. It was codenamed Operation DZ WILLIAM with 1,470 paratroopers.

-October 21, 1950 in which the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team were dropped on Drop Zone Sukchon. It was codenamed Operation DZ WILLIAM with 671 paratroopers.

-March 23, 1951 in which the 187th Airbone Regimental Combat Team with the attached units of the U.S. 2nd and 4th Airborne Ranger Companies and a detachment from the 60th (Parachute) Field Ambulance of the Indian Army were dropped on Drop Zone Munsan-ni. It was codenamed Operation TOMAHAWK with 3,486 paratroopers.

The above reference is the Korean War Educator.

May God Bless-Lt. Colonel Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard  

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