General Douglas MacArthur with Army, Marine, Navy, and Air Force commanders, Inchon, Korea

Mydans' coverage of the Korean War put him in contact once more with Gen. Douglas MacArthur. In September 1950, U.S. Marines landed at the western port city of Inchon, near Seoul, in an attempt to move inland, retake the capital and cut off the North Korean supply lines. The amphibious operation was conceived by General MacArthur. Because of its many tactical challenges (long approaches through shallow channels, poor beaches, and a limited tidal range), it took him some time to convince the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps commanders to go through with it.
Mydans' professional relationship with General MacArthur remained somewhat close throughout the years. Just as he had been present at the general's landing at Luzon in the Philippines, Mydans was alongside MacArthur once more during this amphibious operation in a different war. The Battle of Inchon ended a string of victories for the invading North Korean People's Army (NKPA), and introduced a counterattack by United Nations forces that led to the recapture of Seoul less than two weeks after the landing.
In this image, Gen. Douglas MacArthur (seated center), Commander-in-Chief of the Far East Command, watches the bombardment of Inchon, Korea from the bridge of the U.S.S. Mount McKinley. Behind him, Rear Adm. James H. Doyle, U.S. Navy, Commander, Task Force 90, and Maj. Gen. Edward M. Almond (pointing towards the right), U.S. Army, X Corps Commander. Brig. Gen. Edwin K. Wright, U.S. Army, MacArthur's Operations Officer, stands to the right of Rear Admiral Doyle.
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Mydans, Carl
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Taehan Min'guk: Inch'ŏn-si, Inchon
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overall: 20 in x 30 in; 50.8 cm x 76.2 cm
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Carl Mydans
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National Museum of American History


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