When Lieutenant Colonel Walter E. Lischeid’s VMF-214 landed on board the USS Sicily (CVE-118) on 3 August, eight of its Corsairs were immediately refueled and armed. At 1630, the initial Marine offensive action of the war was launched as the fighter planes roared up from the carrier’s flight deck. Minutes later their incendiary bombs and rockets were hitting Red-held Chinju and the village of Sinban-ni. A series of strafing runs concluded the Marines’ greeting to the North Korean People’s Army.
35° 28' 01" N, 128° 19' 22" E
MAP 17 Chŏnju Region L552-NI52-2