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Lieutenant General Lemuel C . Shepherd, Jr. Commanding General, FMFPac, after an inspection trip to the war zone during which he was briefed on and viewed the operations of the brigade and of VMO—6, echoed General Craig's praise of helicopters and repeated his call for more of them :

  There are no superlatives adequate to describe the general reaction to the helicopter. Almost any individual questioned could offer some personal story to emphasize the valuable part played by the five H03S planes available.* Reconnaissance, liaison, visual flank security, movement of security patrols from one key locality to the next, posting and supply of security detachments and many more . There is no doubt that the enthusiasm voiced by the brigade is entirely warranted . Moreover the usefulness of the helicopter is not by any means confined to a situation such as encountered in Korea . No effort should be spared to get helicopters—larger than the H03S-ls if possible —but helicopters in any form, to the theater at once —and on a priority higher than any other weapon . [11]

In view of General Shepherd ' s statement pertaining to the helicopter in Korea, Brigadier General Clayton C. Jerome, who relieved Major General Wallace as the Director of Aviation on 1 September 1950,  sent a memorandum to Admiral Cassady in which he included General Shepherd' s statement. General Jerome said "this emphasizes the [remark] I made the other day in connection with the requirements for helicopters, more helicopters, and more helicopters in the Korea Area. " [12] Major General Lamson-Scribner recalled the period :

Just prior to the receipt of General Shepherd's letter, General Jerome and I attended a conference [at] which Admiral Cassady, was chairman of the Navy Aircraft Procurement Program for Fiscal 51 . The program was for only a relatively few helicopters . We insisted that we needed more than programed for purchase . Admiral Mel Pride, Chief of BuAir, remarked in essence `If you know as little about helicopters as we do you would not get into one .' Admiral Cassady said , `Mel, the Marines want them . Make some changes in the program to provide more helicopters for the Marines .' [13]

* VMO-6 had received an additional H03S after it had arrived in Korea.

[11] Cited in BGen Clayton C. Jerome memo to VAdm Cassady, RAdms Soucek, Duckworth, Pride, and Goe , dtd 19Sep50, no Subj, hereafter cited as Jerome memo.

[12] Jerome memo .

[13] MajGen F. H. Lamson-Scribner (Ret.) Ltr to Dir
MCHist&Mus, dtd 23Mar75 . Comment file, "Develop -
mental History of the Helicopter in the USMC 1946 —
1962 . "