Our mission is simple: To provide an organized venue for Korean War living history/reenactment
activities. This is not so simply done. First, amid the wide range of reenactment genres, Korean War has not inspired as much
imitation as the Civil War or World War II. Second is the general apathy and lack of awareness or knowledge of the conflict
by the general public. Both of these facts led to the formation of our project unit. We seek to correct these trends
by demonstrating the use of Korean War US Army clothing, equipment, weapons, and tactics, for the benefit of the public.
We do not concern ourselves with first person impressions or period immersion. Rather, we derive our links to the past through
our Korean War veteran friends. We have also found this is a way (even if a wierd one) of commemorating those who served in
Korea in the 1950-1953 period.
The 5th RCT (LHA) is organized to represent an infantry platoon command group,
a rifle squad, and/or attached elements, of the 5th Regimental Combat Team in the 1950-1953 period. The president and founder
of the 5th RCT (LHA) is Albert "Mac" McAdoo, also a member and founder of the 5th Regimental Combat
Team (1949-1954) Veterans Association. "Mac" is president for life of our humble reenacting association, but he
is a benevolent dictator. The vice president and quartermaster is Archie Marshall of Tampa, FL.
For field service at programs and events, the forces fielded by the 5th RCT (LHA) include our field
commanders, platoon leader Mike Alvarez. The impression and ranks of the field officers of the
5th RCT (LHA) are subject to change based on the size/nature/impression of any given program or event. Regardless of personnel,
the goal is to recreate at least a platoon command group, and at least one rifle squad unit, besides supporting
weapons and equipment, etc. As we provide our own opposing forces for reenactment programs, our primary officers will
serve to coordinate these personnel as well.
Our squad was formed in Tampa, FL in December, 2005 by 5th RCT Korean War veteran Albert McAdoo and
reenactors Mike Alvarez and Archie Marshall. The inspiration for this effort, our friend Albert J. Mc Adoo of Tampa,
(formerly of Massachussetts). "Mac" served as a radio man with Company E of the 5th RCT in Korea in 1952. He made a number
of night patrols near the "Punchbowl" near the DMZ, and served a while guarding Red POWs at Koje-Do Island. In later
years "Mac" participated in World War II reenactments in the Northeast. Mac's dedication to the history of the 5th RCT in
Korea is infectious. When we first met him, he was in process of expanding and revising his book, The 5th Regimental Combat
Team in Korea; the First Fifty Days. This work, and its sequels covering the full length of the 5th RCT's Korean War
history were first published in 1990. His willingness to share with us the unit records of the 5th in Korea directly resulted
in the formation of this living history association. It is to him, all his fellow 5th RCT vets, and their comrades in arms,
that we pay homage.
Q: What are your Authenticity Guidelines?
A: Anyone interested in joining our humble association of Korean War enthusiasts is encouraged to procure
a copy of Shelby Stanton's "US Army Uniforms of the Korean War, 1950-1953." This is hands down the definitive account of the
subject, and its data should not be ignored. There is no point in establishing specific guidelines for the 5th RCT (LHA),
as history is our guide... period! Further, examination of photographs of the 5th RCT in Korea provide more details. Mike
Slater's "Hills of Sacrifice" is filled with great photos of the 5th RCT's first year in action. See our impressions page
for more information on this subject.
Q: Can I wear my World War II Army uniform etc.?
A: Yes and no. Basic late WWII uniform items: viz: HBT's, M43 Field Clothing, Helmet, etc. are all the
same and suitable for Korean War living history. Not particularly correct are WWII rank and unit insignias. Your haversack
and pack carriers are also incorrect. But most of you already know this...
Q: I would like to do a Korean War impression. Can I participate as a ---(insert oddball impression here...)?
A: Sure, Marines, sailors, Coast Guards, Nurses, allied troops, etc. are all valid impressions for Korean
War living history/reenactment programs; given that they are accurately rendered of course. Regardless, we would prefer
our members have the kit to portray our basic impression as US Army infantry. A primary reason we started this project
is to bring Korean War living history up to date in our area...you know...with an actual unit capable of engaging in battle
reenactments, even if only squad sized. Our goal is to equip principally for the 1952-1953 period when small unit patrol actions
were the principal combat operations of the war.
Q: Why reenact a "Police Action" when you can get into the real "SH#$%^" at big WWI and WWII.. events?
A: Easy, this was one hell of a police action! Secondly, most of our members and associates are WWII
etc. reenactors. Korea needs its due, even with our limited efforts.
Q: Can you guys come to our event in....?
A: Probably not. We are a small group, with a membership active in other time periods of reenacting
(not to mention real jobs etc.). As a result, it is hard enough trying to put together our own small events. HOWEVER, if there
is a consensus, and especially if we are specifically welcomed... there is no reason not to inquire if some or all of the
gang might set up a display.