Retired U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. George Willis and his wife Betty Willis with the Marines of Chosin Rifle Range, Weapons Training Company, Weapons and Field Training Battalion, after dedicating and naming the range control tower Willis Tower at Parris Island, SC on May 24, 2018. The Marines of Chosin Rifle Range dedicated the tower to recognize Willis for his efforts during the historic battle in the Chosin Reservoir.
During the historic battle approximately 12,000 Marines of the 1st Marine Division, along with a few thousand Army soldiers, were outnumbered when tens of thousands of soldiers from the Republic of China’s Ninth Army Group surrounded them in the Chosin Reservoir. The fight lasted for two weeks and was one of the biggest tests of equipment and perseverance that the Marines and soldiers had fought during the era.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carlin Warren
The U.S. Marines