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The Korean Conflict

 

The nation's second mobilization in a decade was touched off by the invasion of South Korea on June 25, 1950. Twenty-six Michigan Army and Air National Guard units were called to active military service during the Korean Conflict. Inducted strength of these units totaled 2,742 officers and men.

 

Three Michigan National Guard units were awarded battle participation credits for their roles in the Korean conflict. These were: 1437th Engineer Company (Treadway Bridge) of Sault Ste. Marie; the 107th Ordnance Company of Pontiac; and the 1806th Engineer Aviation Company. Five units of the 979th Field Artillery Battalion and five units of the 1279th Combat Engineer Battalion served in Europe.

 

All three squadrons of the 127th Fighter Wing, Michigan Air National Guard, were federalized in 1951. Two squadrons were stationed at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The Battle Creek squadron was assigned to Selfridge Air National Guard Base. The remaining federalized Michigan Army and Air National Guard units served in the United States, but some of their officers and men were transferred to units that eventually saw service in Korea.

 

With the exception of those who elected to remain on active duty, most of Michigan's Guardsmen completed their tours of duty by the late spring or summer of 1952 and returned home.

 

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