Colonel Douglas C. Dillard, USA
(ret.) is the author of Operation Aviary: Airborne Special Operations – Korea, 1950-1953.
The Korean War Commemoration Committee said
about Operation Aviary: Airborne Special Operations – Korea, 1950-1953, “The history
of the Korean War remains unknown to far too many who owe gratitude to those whose courage, commitment and sacrifices secured
a victory for freedom and democracy over communist aggression. Even deeper in the shadows of the unknown, lay the clandestine
operations of 'special' forces, whose actions often serve to enhance the conventional forces' opportunities for
success in combat operations. Cloaked in "special secrecy" at the time, the stories of special operations emerge
from the shadows much later than conventional combat histories.
In this work, Colonel Doug Dillard
illuminates an important arena of operations heretofore largely ignored: airborne special operations. Special operations teams
and individuals, sometimes supported by or in conjunction with 'available' conventional resources, made daring airborne
penetrations of the enemy 's rear areas and areas of current combat operations to disrupt or defeat the enemy's operations.
They gathered and reported critical elements of information regarding enemy dispositions and capabilities to the conventional
forces. The men of "Operation AVIARY" were indeed force multipliers whose actions contributed immeasurably to the
United Nations Command's victory over communist aggression.”