Major Ralph Derr Harrity, USA
(ret.), was a US Army lieutenant and assigned as a artillery forward observer at the beginning of the Korean War. In
addition to his military career, he is retired from a civilian career as a teacher and school administrator. Raplph
Derr Harrity is the author of Q Clan: The First Summer of the Korean Conflict, June-September 1950, A Lieutenant's
According to the book description
of Q Clan: The First Summer of the Korean Conflict, June-September 1950, A Lieutenant's Memoir,
“with very little warning, three American military divisions, a good portion of the long-term Occupation forces stationed
in Japan at the outset of the summer of 1950, were suddenly rushed by plane and boat onto the southern peninsula of Korea.
Their mission: to bolster the army of South Korea, which was struggling to thwart an invasion by the communist North.
As a lieutenant artillery
forward observer, Ralph Derr Harrity rode, walked, and fought with the 24th Infantry Division from July 6 through September
29, 1950. His experiences and observations during those weeks, as written in Q Clan, provide an on-the-line familiarity rather
than a command or staff approach. He also provides an overview of the background of the Korean War, including troop training,
training facilities, and the general attitude of the men comprising these initial ground forces called to fight for a people
they barely knew.
Harrity’s Pre-Conflict observations
and discussion of the conduct of the war itself as he experienced it during that long, hot summer will stir renewed interest
and heightened understanding of this important but more often forgotten period of American military history.”