Marine Corps Counting

Marine Corps Counting

The Korean War, in which the Marine Corps fought and won some of its most brutal battles, was not without its gallows humor.
During one such conflict a ROK (Republic of Korea) commander, whose unit was fighting along with the Marines, called to report a major Chinese attack in his sector.
“How many Chinese are attacking you?” he was asked by the command Colonel.
“Many, many Chinese!” replied the excited Korean officer.
When asked for another, more specific, count, the colonel got the same, vague answer, “Many, many Chinese!”
“X*#dammit!, ” screamed the colonel, “put my Marine liaison officer on
the radio.”
A moment later, an American voice came over the air “Yes sir?”
“Lieutenant, exactly how many Chinese you got up there?”
“Colonel, we got a whole shitload of Chinese up here!”
“Thank God,” exclaimed the colonel, “At least there’s one person up there who knows how to count!”

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