The Flying Grunt: The Story of Lieutenant General Richard E. Carey, United States Marine Corps (Ret) (Hardcover)

The Flying Grunt: The Story of Lieutenant General Richard E. Carey, United States Marine Corps (Ret) By Alan E. Mesches Cover Image

The Flying Grunt: The Story of Lieutenant General Richard E. Carey, United States Marine Corps (Ret) (Hardcover)

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Inspiring story of a young man from a humble background who received the Bronze and Silver Star for service as a Marine in Korea, including fighting at the Chosin Reservoir, and was almost selected as an astronaut.

Richard Edward Carey came from a broken home. Enlisting in the Corps in 1946 he later earned a commission, fighting at Inchon and Chosin in Korea before becoming a pilot--flying every aircraft in the Marine arsenal. During his 38-year military career he witnessed and participated in major historical events, though a high school wrestling injury would eliminate him from the Mercury-7 space program.

As a second lieutenant, he tackled General Douglas MacArthur on the way to Seoul in 1950. Carey would provide critical intelligence decisions enabling the successful defense of the Chinese attack on Hagaru-ri at the Chosin Reservoir. In 189 days of combat, he escaped death seven times, and was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star Medals. In Vietnam, he flew 204 combat sorties, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and 16 Air Medals. In 1975, from Saigon, Carey led history's largest helicopter evacuation of refugees.

Subordinates praised his leadership and courage. Never afraid to stand up for his principles, Carey faced down an Air Force general in Vietnam, and organized air defense for supply helicopters at Khe Sahn; he countermanded a senior Naval officer's order during the 1975 Saigon evacuation, refusing to cease air operations and forcing a reluctant ambassador onto a flight.

In retirement, Carey served as a cabinet member for the governor of Ohio and ran the airport in his native home of Columbus. When the Careys moved to Texas, Carey continued supporting veterans, advocating for veterans' health care, aiding the drive to build accommodation for families of hospitalized veterans, and was a leader in the effort to build a veterans' cemetery in Dallas. He would lead the drive to build two Chosin Few memorials even as he cared for his ailing wife.

This biography is based upon hours of interviews with the general, his papers, speeches, and Marine Corps documents that captured an exceptional and inspiring life.
Product Details ISBN: 9781636242583
ISBN-10: 1636242588
Publisher: Casemate
Publication Date: January 24th, 2023
Pages: 240
Language: English