Leopard Base Overview
MAJ Tom Dye
MAJ Tom Dye, Commanding Officer Leopard Base
MAJ Dye - 1LT Keller - LT Marken
Major Tom Dye, 1LT Arnold Keller and LT Marken, Leopard Base Paengnyong-do 1952.

Courtesy of Les Hughes
Major Tom Dye & CPT Donald Seibert
Major Tom Dye & CPT Donald Seibert in front of Leopard Base CP Paengnyong-do 1952.

Courtesy of CPT Donald Seibert collection, USAHEC.
CPT Seibert - 1LT Mapp - 1LT Malcom
Leopard Base guerrilla advisors - CPT Don Seibert, 1LT Jim Mapp and 1LT Ben Malcom.
Parachute Training Jump
Parachute training jump made on Paengnyong-do (Task Force Leopard), August 1952.

This picture was taken by Colonel Ben Malcom who told me that when a C-47 would bring supplies to the island they would arrange to put 6 to 8 paratroopers on the plane as they took off & jump back on Paengnyong-do.
CPT Donald Seibert
CPT Donald Seibert Leopard Base S-3 Officer. Notice his desk nameplate with CIB, Senior Parachutist Badge and UNPIK Airborne Infantry Badge.

Courtesy of CPT Donald Seibert collection, USAHEC.
CPT Donald Seibert
Closeup of CPT Donald Seibert's desk nameplate with CIB, Senior Parachutist Badge and UNPIK Airborne Infantry Badge.

Courtesy of CPT Donald Seibert collection, USAHEC.
CPT Seibert
CPT Seibert and Leaders of West Coast Guerrilla Forces Leopard Base 7 February 1953.

From left to right - Wild, Dye, Seibert, Betelli and Watson.
1st LT Ben Malcom
From left to right, unknown, LT Malcom and Pak Choll. LT Malcom worked closely with Pak who was the leader of Donkey 4 which comprised about six hundred guerrillas and operated from the Yalu River to the Ongjin Peninsula.

Courtesy of COL Ben Malcom
1LT Robert McBride
1LT Robert McBride Leopard Base - Awarded the SSM & BSM

The Silver Star was awarded for gallantry in action, displayed when McBride led his men in a surprise assault against the Communists and captured 82 of them. While withdrawing, he stemmed an enemy assault and saved one of his men who could not swim to the rescue boats.

The Bronze Star Medal was presented when he and his men went through a hail of enemy fire to capture a strategically valuable island off the mainland of Korea.
1LT Robert McBride
Insignia group attributed to 1LT Robert McBride who was assigned to Leopard Base.

McBride was USMA Class of 1950 and would receive the Silver Star and Bronze Star medals during his tour with UNPIK.
2LT Warren Hale
Original FEC Intelligence School Certificate awarded to 2LT Warren Hale who was assigned to Leopard Base 8240th AU.

A theater level intelligence school was established in 1951 to provide training in general intelligence subjects, interrogation, aerial photograph interpretation, order of battle and languages peculiar to the theater. With the shortage of trained personnel in covert and clandestine activities, an advanced course started to train specialists for to FEC/LD-K on 21 July 1952.
Spook Beer Chit Book Cover
Original cover to a $5.00 beer chit book attributed to MSG Harold Retzlaff who was assigned to the 1st PIR (formally LEOPARD South) located on the island of Paengnyong-do.
1st LT Cho Byung Chan
ROK Army 1st Lieutenant Cho Byung Chan, Leopard Base's interpreter and the heart of its intelligence operations.

This photo was taken on Paengnyong- do in 1952 by 1st LT Ben Malcom
North Korean Currency
A pile of legitimate North Korean (NK) money that Leopard Base guerrillas brought out of North Korea.

Per Ben Malcom:

Leopard guerrillas robbed the NK banks & pay officers & we sent the money to the 8240th in Seoul. The 8240th then sent some of that money back into NK with Guerrilla Paratroopers to give to their family's & friends still living in NK. The money would then be spent at the NK markets & flow back to the banks & the guerrillas would rob the banks again.
Counterfeit North Korean Currency
In 1952 LTC Vanderpool counterfeited North Korean money to be distribute through agents all over North Korea.

The top 100 Won note is real ( 775519 ). The bottom 2 are counterfeit ( 719642 & 719643 )

Courtesy of COL Ben Malcom
Counterfeit North Korean Currency
Counterfeit North Korean Currency brought back by SFC Frank Forbes.
1st LT Merril Newman
1st LT Merril Newman, unknown 8240 US advisors and partisans from the 6th Partisan Infantry Regiment, Cho-Do
1st LT Merril Newman
1st LT Merril Newman, unknown 8240 US advisors and partisans from the 6th Partisan Infantry Regiment, Cho-Do
1st Partisan Infantry Regiment
Weapons training, 1st Partisan Infantry Regiment.

Courtesy of LTC Glenn Muggelberg collection, USAHEC.
1st Partisan Infantry Regiment
Rifle marksmanship training, 1st Partisan Infantry Regiment.


Courtesy of LTC Glenn Muggelberg collection, USAHEC.
LTC Petrovich 6th PIR
Original certificate awarded to LTC Enrique Petrovich, Commander of the 6th PIR.

Roughly translated: This is a certificate awarded by the Government of South Korea to LTC Enrique Petrovich, Commanding Officer of 6th Parachute Infantry Regiment, ASN 0373942, 8240th AU, for service in training Partisan Airborne Infantry from Jan 3rd, 4286 (Korean Calander) to 4287. By direction of the president and signed by the Secretary of Defense Son, Wan Il, and his first director, Colonel Ko, Jae phil.
CPT George Lamm
CPT George Lamm farewell commemoration 3 November 1953.

CPT Lamm served with the 6th Partisan Infantry Regiment.

Courtesy of Les Hughes
Cho-Do
A color photograph of Cho-do which was the original home of the 6th Partisan Infantry Regiment.
Partisan Evacuation of Cho-Do
The 6th PIR would leave its original base on Cho-Do and move to Yongyu-Do.

The reason for this move was to get the partisans out of the reach of the ROK Army which wanted to draft them into the Army.
6th Partisan Infantry Regiment
Kuwol Partisans of the 6th Partisan Infantry Regiment, Cho-do.

Notice the skull and crossbones flag.
6th Partisan Infantry Regiment
Kuwol Partisans of the 6th Partisan Infantry Regiment.

Notice the string pattern applied to the back of their fatigue shirts to hold camouflage. Cho-do.
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