United Nations forces took a "pushing around" during the early days in Korea because their commanders failed to apply lessons learned in the war with Japan, Samuel Eliot, Morison, professor of History, said over the weekend.
Morison, who currently holds a captaincy in the Navy to write a history of that service's part in World War II, asserted that co-ordination between land, naval, and air forces were deficient during the early stages of the Korean war. The Korean campaign, Morison noted, "has disproved claims of the Air Force . . . our Air Force was completely unequipped for tactical bombing in support of our own troops.
"The carrier planes did a great deal more. They were the ones that supported the troops. The Navy fliers were better trained but coordination between the various arms was lacking."