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This Month in the Korean War: March 1950-1953


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March 1950: The ultimate prewar act: Soviets secretly approve North Korea invasion and begin training and supplying them and furnishing them with an invasion plan.


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March 7th, 1951: General Ridgeway begins Operation RIPPER. U.S. forces drive the Communists back to the 38th Parallel. Seven U.S. divisions participate (the U.S. Army's 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 24th and 25th Infantry Divisions and the 1st Marine Division).


March 14, 1951: UN forces retake Seoul.


March 23, 1951: Operation TOMAHAWK (Munsan-ni).  One-hundred twenty C-119s and C46s drop 3,437 paratroopers of the 187th Regimental Combat Team near Munsan-ni in second largest airborne operation of the war.


March 24, 1951: MacArthur unilaterally issues an ultimatum to the People's Republic of China.


March 27, 1951: Eighth Army reaches 38th Parallel. Enemy resistance continues to be light, but intelligence indicates that the Chinese are massing their forces for another major offensive.


March 31, 1951: Eighth Army is positioned along the Idaho line.


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March 23-25, 1952: The 1st Marine Division is moved from the "Punchbowl" area to a line on the western front on the left flank of the U.S. Eighth Army and becomes part of I Corps.


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March 5, 1953: New USSR Premier Georgi Malenkov speaks of peaceful coexistence.


March 17, 1953: Hill 355 (Little Gibraltar), held by the 9th Infantry Regiment (2nd Infantry Division), is assaulted by Chinese.


March 23-24, 1953: Old Baldy/Pork Chop Complex.  Held by 31st Infantry Regiment (7th Infantry Division).  The 32nd Regiment (7th Infantry Division) relieves the 31st.


March 26-30, 1953: Outposts at the Nevada cities (Reno-Vegas-Carlson), held by the 5th Marine Regiment, come under heavy attack.  A Chinese regiment is destroyed.  Marine casualties total more than 1,000 with Chinese losses estimated to be twice as high.


March 28, 1953: NK Premier Kim Il Sung and CCF Peng Teh-huai agree to POW exchange.


March 30, 1953: Truce talks resume at Panmunjom.


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*Lilly Christine, a.k.a. "The Cat Girl," was a famous and beloved burlesque exotic dancer and men's magazine model of the late 1940's up until the early 1960's with a mesmerizing stage presence, a wild mane of long peroxide blonde hair, and a simply spectacular 37C-22-35 voluptuous bombshell body. Lilly was born as Martha Theresa Pompender on December 17, 1923 in Dunkirk, New York. Although there were rumors that she had a Norwegian father and a Swedish mother, Christine in reality was actually of Italian-Polish descent. She first began dancing in 1948 and proved to be a major headliner performing her trademark voodoo love potion dance at Prima's 500 Club in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lilly was prominently featured doing her other signature stalking cat dance in the Broadway stage production of the musical revue "Michael Todd's Peep Show," which ran from June 28, 1950 to February 24, 1951 at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. Moreover, Christine graced the covers and/or posed for centerfolds in such adult publications as "Rogue," "He," "Modern Man," "Gala," "Tempo," and "Cover Girls." She had uncredited minor parts in the movies "Two Guys from Texas," "My Wild Irish Rose," "Two Guys from Milwaukee," and "Irish Eyes Are Smiling." Lilly Christine was still dancing and drawing huge crowds in nightclubs down south when she died from peritonitis at the tragically young age of 41 on January 9, 1965 in Broward County, Florida.

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