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The Korean War, in which the Marine Corps fought and won some
of its most brutal battles, was not without its gallows
humor. During one such conflict a ROK (Republic of Korea)
commander, whose unit was fighting along with the Marines,
called legendary Marine Chesty Puller to report a major
Chinese attack in his sector.

"How many Chinese are attacking you?" asked Puller.

"Many, many Chinese!" replied the excited Korean officer.

Puller asked for another count and got the same answer, "Many,
many Chinese!"

"Dammit!" swore Puller, "Put my Marine liaison officer on the

In a minute, an American voice came over the air: "Yes sir?"

"Lieutenant," growled Chesty, "exactly how many Chinese you
got up there?"

"Colonel, we got a whole shitload of Chinese up here!"

"Thank God," exclaimed Puller, "At least there's someone
up there who knows how to count!"
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