When we returned from Alaska in March 1950, during which time we encountered and depth charged at least one submarine in the outer Kodiak (Recon Company was embarked on USS Wantuck, APD 125), Captain Houghton succeeded to command of the DivReconCo. Crossman remained as XO, and Cashion and I as platoon commanders. When Korea broke out on 16Jun50 Houghton took out my old platoon with an officer new to the company, 2dLt Don Sharon. I went to D/2/5 as a PltCmdr with additional duties as BnReconOfficer. 2dLt Dana Cashion, with part of his platoon, and a UDT unit, embarked in Perch and made the raids on the west coast of North Korea. Following the disbandment of the raiding group, Dana joined G/3/5 as a PltCmdr and survived the war.
I’ve read that Dave Kendrick, then a GySgt, was in Force Recon in 1954 and brought the OORAH with him. Of course, I’d have expected that since the OORAH was already a sort of battle cry when my recon platoon joined A Company in June, 1949. Exactly who originated it I haven’t a clue, but for sure for sure OORAH was alive and well the first time we worked off Perch. If Dave is still on the right side of the soil, I know that he’ll confirm everything I’ve written previously.