Naval History, December 2012
The helicopter revealed its potential in Korea. As the Marine Corps honed close air support in the years since, it has assumed a key role.
Marine Corps aviation, in â€śits organization, equipment, and training . . . should be primarily oriented toward performance of close air support.â€ť So wrote a special board in its confidential 1947 report to the commandant of the Marine Corps. Although the Marinesâ€™ first â€śofficialâ€ť use of close air support (CAS) had come in 1927 in Nicaragua, 20 years later the bond between the serviceâ€™s air and ground forces had not yet been cemented fully. That would occur a few years later in the Chosin Reservoir campaign in Koreaâ€”arguably the birthplace of the Marine air-ground task force.