Q Clan: The First Summer of the Korean Conflict, June-September 1950, A Lieutenant's Memoir

Q Clan: The First Summer of the Korean Conflict, June-September 1950, A Lieutenant's Memoir
Item# 978-0-8059-6748-7

by Ralph Derr Harrity

With very little warning, three American military divisions, a good portion of the long-term Occupation forces stationed in Japan at the outset of the summer of 1950, were suddenly rushed by plane and boat onto the southern peninsula of Korea. Their mission: to bolster the army of South Korea, which was struggling to thwart an invasion by the communist North.

As a lieutenant artillery forward observer, Ralph Derr Harrity rode, walked, and fought with the 24th Infantry Division from July 6 through September 29, 1950. His experiences and observations during those weeks, as written in Q Clan, provide an on-the-line familiarity rather than a command or staff approach. He also provides an overview of the background of the Korean War, including troop training, training facilities, and the general attitude of the men comprising these initial ground forces called to fight for a people they barely knew

Harrity’s Pre-Conflict observations and discussion of the conduct of the war itself as he experienced it during that long, hot summer will stir renewed interest and heightened understanding of this important but more often forgotten period of American military history.


Now retired from his military career as well as a career as a secondary school teacher and administrator, Ralph Derr Harrity and his wife, Olive, reside in New Jersey, where they raised one child, Daniel.

(2005, paperback, 330 pages)


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Reader Review
"This is an extremely well researched and well written book. The fact that I served with 2nd Lt. Harrity in the early days of the Korean War is not, I assure you, affecting my judgement. In fact I am super-critical of most books about that war, mainly because none of them come close to what I saw and experienced. But this book does."

--Books of Interest, Taro Leafs Books, Ellsworth “Dutch” Nelsen

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