Naval and air power was crucial to the United Nations' success in the Korean War, as it sought to negate the overwhelming Chinese advantage in manpower. In what became known as the 'long hard slog', naval aviators sought to slow and cut off communist forces and support troops on the ground. USSLeyte (CV-32) operated off Korea in the Sea of Japan for a record 93 continuous days to support the Marines in their epic retreat out of North Korea, and was crucial in the battles of the spring and summer of 1951 in which the UN forces again battled to the 38th Parallel.
All of this was accomplished with a force that was in the midst of change, as jet aircraft altered the entire nature of naval aviation.Holding the Line chronicles the carrier war in Korea from the first day of the war to the last, focusing on front-line combat, while also describing the technical development of aircraft and shipboard operations, and how these all affected the broader strategic situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Thomas McKelvey Cleaver has been a published writer for the past 40 years. He is a regular contributor toFlight Journal magazine. He has had a lifelong interest in the Korean War and this work is the product of 25 years of research. He is the author ofAces of the 78th Fighter Group andF4F and F6F Aces of VF-2, as well asFabled Fifteen: The Pacific War Saga of Carrier Air Group 15 andThe Bridgebusters: The True Story of the Catch-22 Bomb Group. During his 30 years as a screenwriter in Hollywood, he wrote the cult classic The Terror Within and worked as a supervising producer on a number of TV and cable series. He served in the US Navy in Vietnam and currently lives in Encino, California.
"InHolding the Line: The Naval Air Campaign In Korea, author and military aviation historian Thomas McKelvey Cleaver has produced a, meticulously researched, impressively detailed and documented study." -Midwest Book Review
"Cleaver writes well and his book is well documented … Cleaver chronicles the efforts of the USN and USMC in the Korean War in sufficient detail and this book should be considered as a definitive account of same for the general public and a valuable resource for the expert. Definitely recommended." - The Northern Mariner
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