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Colonel Robert D. Taplett, USMC (ret.) served in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years.  According to ArlingtonCementary.net, Colonel Robert D. Taplett graduated “with honors from the University of South Dakota in 1940. He was a member of the Army ROTC in college, but in 1940, the Marine Corps corralled Colonel Taplett and a number of honor graduates across the country. He resigned his Army commission and became a Marine Second Lieutenant in 1940.”  During World War Two, he served for three years about the USS Salt Lake City.  During the Korean War his served as the commander of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.  He is the author of Dark Horse Six.

 

The MOAA said of Dark Horse Six, “Taplett was the commander of one of the USMC’s most famed battalions, the 3rd Battalion of the 5th Marine Regiment, during the first year of fighting in Korea. His battalion’s radio call sign during the bitter fighting against the Chinese was “Dark Horse.” In military parlance, then, he was “Dark Horse Six.” Taplett has held some strong opinions of that first year’s combat in Korea, and after 50 years he has decided to tell his story. He wants the deeds of his Marines put into the record.”

Dark Horse Six: A Memoir of the Korean War, 1950-1951
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One reader of Dark Horse Six said, it “is the combat memoir of Colonel Robert D. Taplett. He was the commander of one of the USMC's most famed battalions, the 3rd Battalion of the 5th Marine Regiment, during the first year of fighting in Korea. His battalion's radio call sign during the bitter fighting against the Chinese was Dark Horse. After 50 years he has decided to tell his story. He wants the deeds of his Marine's put into the record. The mistakes of combat, planning and egos are here as well. His experience was on the front lines, not theorizing behind some desk.”

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