Feb 4, 2013

CARLSBAD, Calif.— John C. Cole, a Marine veteran who served as a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment during World War II and the Korean War, and John Bailey, a Navy veteran who served as a pharmacist’s mate with the 1st Marine Division during World War II, meet during a dinner in celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the 1st Marine Division at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., Feb. 1, 2013. Cole served as one of the “Frozen Chosin” at the infamous Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. He left the Marine Corps in 1952 and worked as a quality assurance specialist at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. He currently resides in Roy, Utah. Bailey fought in the battles of New Guinea, New Britain, Peliliu, and Okinawa. He wrote a book, Islands of Death Islands of Victory, which chronicles the experience of Ted Alexander, a fictional hospital corpsman. Bailey currently resides in Santa Paula, Calif. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer)

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