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1952 M-38 Huntsville, AL **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $12,000

Frozen Chosun seems a good name. Pun or misspelling?

“This Korean War historic military vehicle is parade and show ready. Has all new body tub and components with correct olive drab paint, new military tires, canvas top and seats, new seat frames. Rebuilt engine with new accessories, 12 volt electrical system with military wiring harnesses and turn signals. Comes with tow bar, pioneer tools and military top”

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9 Comments on “1952 M-38 Huntsville, AL **SOLD**

  1. Joe in Mesa

    Looks like they spelled it “Chosun”, but I thought it was “Chosin”… referring to the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, during the Korean War. Chosun is a Korean word, but I’m not sure if it’s related nor even an alternate spelling.

  2. David Eilers Post author

    At first i was thinking Chosin Reservoir also, but I missed the misspelling. Maybe it’s a play on Chosin, but also on the idea that some soldiers were drafted, or chosen to go there?

  3. Niels Pedersen

    I’m a retired Marine so here is the history. It refers to the famous USMC Chosin Reservoir battle in the Korean War. It is often referred to in USMC slang as the “frozen Chosin / Chosun”. It was ungodly cold and the Marines over came great odds under the leadership of famous USMC General “Chesty” Puller.

  4. David Eilers Post author

    Thanks Niels. I see now that I misspelled it as “Chosen” when it was actually spelled on the jeep “Chosun” (Or maybe I didn’t misspell it and it was autocorrected like the computer just tried to do — dang computers!) 🙂

  5. Joe in Mesa

    Thanks Niels! I got to tour the USS Chosin when it came to support us at Kwajalein… first time I’d heard about that battle. I may be retired Army but have always admired the Marines.

  6. Cody R. Maverick

    Chosin Reservoir is a man-made lake located in the northeast of the Korean peninsula. The name Chosin is the Japanese pronunciation of the Korean place name Changjin, and the name stuck due to the outdated Japanese maps used by UN forces. The battle’s main focus was around the 78 miles (126 km) long road that connects Hungnam and Chosin Reservoir, which served as the only retreat route for the UN forces. Through these roads, Yudami-ni and Sinhung-ni,[e] located at the west and east side of the reservoir respectively, are connected at Hagaru-ri. From there, the road passes through Koto-ri and eventually leads to the port of Hungnam. The area around the Chosin Reservoir was sparsely populated.

    The battle was fought over some of the roughest terrain during some of the harshest winter weather conditions of the Korean War.[4] The road was created by cutting through the hilly terrain of Korea, with steep climbs and drops. Dominant peaks, such as the Funchilin Pass and the Toktong Pass, overlook the entire length of the road. The road’s quality was poor, and in some places it was reduced to a one lane gravel trail. On 14 November, a cold front from Siberia descended over the Chosin Reservoir, and the temperature plunged to as low as −35 °F (−37 °C). The cold weather was accompanied by frozen ground, creating considerable danger of frostbite casualties, icy roads, and weapon malfunctions. Medical supplies froze; morphine syrettes had to be defrosted in a medic’s mouth before they could be injected; frozen blood plasma was useless on the battlefield. Even cutting off clothing to deal with a wound risked gangrene and frostbite. Batteries used for the Jeeps and radios did not function properly in the temperature and quickly ran down. The lubrication in the guns gelled and rendered them useless in battle. Likewise, the springs on the firing pins would not strike hard enough to fire the round, or would jam.

    Read on!!

    Semper Fi,

    Cody Maverick

  7. Cody R. Maverick

    Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller (June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971) was a United States Marine Corps lieutenant general who fought guerrillas in Haiti and Nicaragua, and fought in World War II and the Korean War.

    Puller is the most decorated Marine in American history. He is one of two U.S. servicemen to be awarded five Navy Crosses and, with the Distinguished Service Cross awarded to him by the U.S. Army, he is the only person to have received six of the nation’s second-highest military awards for valor.

    Puller retired from the Marine Corps with 37 years service in 1955 and lived in Virginia.

  8. David Eilers Post author

    Hi Bracken,

    I haven’t seen this relisted lately.I’ve updated the post. If I see it again I will drop you an email.

    – Dave

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