Cpl Huff footnote

Life is full of interesting footnotes. Sometimes these can be even more fascinating than the events themselves. I myself do not believe in coincidence but I’ll let you be the judge.

The day we placed Cpl Huff’s casket in the funeral home the family had brought in a collage of photos to display. Most of these were pictures of a young Clarence Huff before he joined the Corps. A few were of Cpl Huff’s Marine days.

A close up taken from the photo below.

As I looked at the pictures one struck me as particularly familiar. I knew I had seen it somewhere before but kept quiet about it. The next day I scrutinized the various photos hanging on the walls in our building and sure enough, right outside my office door was this photo:

Clarence Huff is standing in the second row the third from the left.

The inscription reads:

“Daddy-O’s Raiders”
4th Ptl. – B Co – 2nd Inf Tr Bn – Tent Camp #2
Camp Joseph H. Pendleton, Calif.
6 Oct. 1950
A closer view. Cpl Huff is second from the left at this angle.
It amazed me that all this time his picture was hanging on our wall and we never knew how significant this picture was to us and our history. 
An even closer view, third from the left again.
Two months after this photo was taken Cpl Huff would fall in battle. Sixty two years later it would be my special privilege to honor the Huff family by presenting the flag to his oldest brother as a symbol of appreciation for Cpl Huff’s faithful service. 
Photo by Bob Morehead.
“The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight. The Reds told us they were afraid to tangle with the Marines and avoided them when they could be located.” – Major General Frank E. Lowe, USA, Presidential observer on Korean War, in the Washington Daily News 26 Jan 1952.

Semper Fidelis,
America’s SgtMaj
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  1. CI Roller, well…not an actual Marine Raider like in WWII. Since the original Raiders were disbanded as a unit, many Marine outfits have liked to refer to themselves as “Raiders.”

  2. Part of the collage of pictures his family displayed contains my original post from last month about Sgt Smith visiting the Huff family. A few of the Huffs even “like” America’s SgtMaj on Facebook. I even told them about the picture the day of his funeral. They’re a great family and even invited all the Marines to eat after the service.

  3. be603:

    If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest “Last Stand of Fox Company” by Drury and Camp.

    Fox 2/7 was the company that held the Toktong Pass open against a regiment + of PDRC infantry so that the forward units could withdraw.

    It ties in nicely with “Give me Tomorrow”.

    – Grimmy

  4. I have the same pic that was hanging on my dad’s wall. Sam A. Scaglione Cleveland, OH

    He’s still with us at 86.

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