David CarpenterDavid Carpenter served with 41 Independent Commando in Korea. It’s a fab account and he also has a wonderful photo album which are available to view if you sign up to become a Member.
David Carpenter – Film 1David Carpenter talks about his early life in Bristol during the war. He was an evacuee and attended six schools during his travels around the country! In 1949, aged 18, he joined the Royal Marines signing up for 7 years. He talks about the training, which, despite its notorious reputation, he found it manageable. He was initially with 41 Commando.
David Carpenter – Film 2David received his green beret in 1951. On his way to Malaya on HMT Empire Pride he was informed he would be volunteered for Korea. He underwent weapon training in Kure before heading to Camp McGill an American Marine base in Japan. He was sent to Wonsan Harbor, Yodo Island in Korea. Talks a bit about the officers Lt. Col. Drysdale and Maj Aldridge.
David Carpenter – Film 3He started his service in Korea on the Tae-do islands. The Marines were tasked with trying to protect the islands from invasion. A film night stands out in his memory. He was also involved in some of the shore raids where the engineers were tasked with disrupting Nth Korean transport lines. They werent without incident.
David Carpenter – Film 4David recalls the crash of a flying fortress and another occasion when 4 Commandos were taken prisoner on the Island of Mo-Do. It was an avoidable incident. He recalls some RnR and a trip to Sasebo.
David Carpenter – Film 5Once the peace talks started, there was no requirement for the Commando, so they regrouped in Japan for a short time before returning home on HMT Empire Fowey. He was something of a national celebrity when he arrived back in Britain. Although others onboard were less impressed! After some leave he was posted on to HMS Devonshire. His role was security aboard the ship. After a few trips and some training raids he was moved to HMS Triumph doing the same role. After completing his sea time, he was moved to 45 Commando and was sent to Malta. His role was a Storeman here.
David Carpenter – Film 6After a short stint in Malta, he was posted to Cyprus doing a similar role in the stores. Its here, whilst on patrol in the Troodos Mountains that his service ends. Just like that and he was promptly returned to England. After 7 years of action, it wasnt easy to adapt to civi street. But he did it, and now lives a comfortable life in Bristol. Actually very near my hime village! Thanks David
David Carpenter served with 41 Independent Commando in Korea. It’s a fab account and he also has a wonderful photo album which are available to view if you sign up to become a Member.